Wednesday’s proceedings at Guantanamo Bay began with Vice Adm. John G. Hannink showing the three-officer panel a series of email exchanges between Hillary Clinton and her campaign manager, John Podesta, that occurred on September 28, 2016 and October 10, 2016—the evenings after the first and second presidential debates, respectively. The emails, he pointed out, were not sent or received from Clinton’s infamous private email server—which had been long dismantled by then—but rather a public, free email service called Yandex, an alternative to Gmail. The email content, Vice Adm. Hannink opened, would illustrate how Clinton’s arrogance and Hubris—bolstered by her co-conspirators—imbued her with a misguided sense of invulnerability.
“How the military obtained these emails is less important than the content contained here. What’s paramount is digital forensics conclusively proved that these unencrypted messages originated from the detainee’s laptop with an internet protocol address tied to her Chappaqua, NY home,” Vice Adm. Hannink said.
The first email, sent from Clinton to Podesta was timestamped September 28, 2016, 6:45 p.m. In it, Clinton expressed anger at the number of people in the debate audience who seemed to favor Trump’s vision for America over hers.
Vice Adm. Hannink recited the brief message to the tribunal. “He [Trump] is a pompous fool, but his message resonates, dangerously, with his fucking mob of deplorables. The idiot speaks, and they listen. Not worried but we should’ve kept a closer watch. We must keep a closer watch now. Accidents happen.”
“Thirty minutes later, Podesta replied to Clinton,” Vice Adm. Hannink said, reading from a printed copy of Podesta’s response. “They’ve happened before and can happen again. That’s why people must be careful to avoid accidents.”
Vice Adm. Hannink admitted the message, without further context, was nothing more than a mishmash of doublespeak that could be interpreted as nebulously as a daily horoscope. But when taken in context with the October 10, 2016 email swap, Clinton and Podesta’s veiled innuendos suddenly became overt threats against a presidential candidate.
“Authored by Clinton, this letter was sent to Podesta the evening after the second presidential debate. And I’ll read: Still can’t believe that fucker said I’d be in prison when he becomes president. Like he could send me to prison, or become president, for that matter. And those idiots giving him a thunderous applause. His money doesn’t make him invincible. I’m giving serious consideration to acid-washing—I love when he uses phrases he doesn’t understand—him out of existence. He doesn’t stand a chance of ever touching me. We can do it. Thoughts?”
Vice Adm. Hannink looked at a handcuffed Clinton, asking if she cared to speak on her behavior. She turned her dark, smoldering eyes on him but said nothing, observing the same reticence she has since the tribunal began.
“Your silence speaks volumes, detainee Clinton, and you do not intimidate this commission,” Vice Adm. Hannink said. “Podesta sent her a reply an hour later: I don’t know if you’ve been drinking tonight. Careful with words. He’s not a nobody, and it would require tedious precautions to remove him from the stage. Might need a plumber.”
“I argue they tacitly conspired to murder Donald Trump,” Vice Adm. Hannink continued. “Still, reasonable officers like yourselves probably recognize that verbal and written threats are commonplace in today’s society, especially on social media. The Secret Service in four years investigated over 132,000 threats made against Donald Trump. And those people aren’t here facing a tribunal. Clinton, as Trump’s rival at the time, must be held to a higher standard than the average disgruntled Trump hater. In addition, she had a back and forth with Podesta, and that equals conspiring. Still, there’s more.”
He asked the military police guarding the chamber doors if the military’s witness was ready to testify. The M.P.s left the room a moment and returned with none other than John Podesta, shackled at the wrists and donning a white prison jumpsuit. As reported previously, U.S. Special Forces operating on Trump’s authority had arrested Podesta and his wife, Mary, on Easter Sunday.
The M.P.s seated Podesta directly opposite Clinton. Clinton opened her eyes to narrow slits, like knife cuts, peering intently at her former friend and campaign manager.
Vice Adm. Hannink continued: “Detainee Clinton, this man faces his own tribunal soon, but, unlike you, he is willing to talk. I want yes or no answers, detainee Podesta, so please do not expound on answers unless I tell you to. The emails aside, did Hillary Clinton explicitly tell you, in face and in person, that she intended to have Donald Trump assassinated?”
“Yes,” Podesta said, his voice a tremulous whisper.
“Please tell this tribunal, and now you may qualify your answer, exactly what Clinton said,” Vice Adm. Hannink asked.
“Hillary and I got together in Chappaqua, it was three days after debate number 2, and she asked me to hire someone to kill Trump. In the end we never did it, too risky, but for days she kept nagging me incessantly to take care of it. She was ready to pay $5,000,000,” Podesta said.
Vice Adm. Hannink asked Podesta whom he had planned to hire.
“She has many ex-agency—CIA—friends. I had a list of four or five,” Podesta said. “I paid one 2.5, wired to an offshore account, and would’ve paid the remainder on completion of the contract.”
“On Hillary Clinton’s instructions,” Vice Adm. Hannink asked.
Hannink asked the name of the would-be assassin, and Podesta said he was promised he wouldn’t have to disclose the names of contract killers with whom he and Clinton had associated.
“Was it Hillary Clinton’s idea to call it off?” Vice Adm. Hannink asked.
“No, it was mine. In fact, I thought it so risky, I went behind her back to abort it. The guy kept the 2.5, per the arrangement,” Podesta replied.
“And you’re not fabricating testimony because you’ve been guaranteed a sentence less than capital punishment in exchange for your cooperation?” Vice Adm. Hannink said.
“What I’ve said today is the truth. Hillary Clinton is a murderous, narcissistic, vicious woman,” Podesta said, and was escorted from the tribunal chamber.
In closing, Vice Adm. Hannink told the tribunal he would present his final evidence on Thursday afternoon and urged the officers judging the military’s case against Clinton to carefully and meticulously weigh each piece of evidence.
The commission, he said, would resume Thursday at noon (EST.)
According to RRN’s sources, Podesta’s tribunal is slated to begin on Tuesday, May 4.