How can a compromised President Hillary have our best interests in mind when squaring off with adversaries who have her email?

( In terms of what really is important to the survival of a nation, national security trumps all other concerns. That is why what Hillary Clinton did – indicted or not – when she set up her own personal, unprotected email servers was such a grave blunder: She literally put U.S. national security at risk, now and in the future. And that is what makes her the very last person we ought to put in the White House; she is compromised and because she is, the entire nation would be at risk if she were president.

Understand that this is not a partisan issue. This is an issue of who can better protect the country and keep Americans safe.

If you recall, when FBI Director James Comey had a press conference last week detailing what his agents found during their investigation of Clinton’s use of private email servers during her stint as secretary of state, he said that – although there was no direct evidence – investigators believe that her emails were hacked by foreign governments:

With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Former NSA Director Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden, when asked whether he believed foreign powers hacked into Clinton’s personal services, was more blunt.

“If I were still at NSA, and someone told me that [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov or someone like that had a personal email account that was just his unclassified stuff, I’d have moved heaven and earth. Think of the insights that a foreign service would get even to unclassified information,” Hayden told CNN.

“I’m just saying, Secretary Clinton is a legitimate foreign intelligence target, and her personal government – but unclassified, just assuming that to be true – emails would be of great interest to a foreign intelligence service. I would lose respect for a whole bunch of intelligence services around the world if they weren’t thumbing through the pile now.”

Think what you will of the NSA, they are in the business of protecting the country, and when a former director says that he would have “moved heaven and earth” to get a crack at a foreign minister’s unsecured email, that should tell you how valuable to an enemy such access would be.

Clearly Comey and Hayden have concerns that at least some of Clinton’s email was stolen by foreign governments. They both also believe it is likely that the information gleaned from those emails – much of it Top Secret – is currently in Moscow and Beijing, the capitals of two countries who pose our biggest foreign policy and national security challenges.

The information could also be in the capitals of North Korea and Iran, both of whom have substantial hacking capabilities as well.

So the question then becomes: How can a President Hillary be reasonably expected to negotiate on behalf of the American people if she is compromised from the outset? And remember, this is over and above the fact that foreign governments gave millions to the Clinton Foundation when she was secretary of state, which further erodes both her credibility and ability to negotiate from a level playing field.

This isn’t a joke. It isn’t a partisan attack. Children, husbands, wives, girlfriends and spouses of Democrats, Republicans and Independents will all be put at risk by a president who will be forced to bend to the will of foreign governments, lest they blackmail her with the emails they have stolen, or use the information they have to threaten the United States.

Donald J. Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, may not be a perfect candidate, either, but to say he represents a similar national security risk is laughable. Already Trump is at work to surround himself with seasoned political veterans who know how to protect our country because they’ve spent years doing it – not running a covert information-shielding and fundraising operation out of the State Department.

National security – the protection of this country from all enemies – should be the number one priority of any president. From day one Hillary Clinton will be too compromised to fulfill that obligation. Through her flagrant self-enrichment she has threatened the safety and security of 310 million Americans. That alone disqualifies her for the Oval Office.

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