During her entire term as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never had a government email address. Never. She used a private email address that was routed through an unsecured server in her home.
Even the New York Times thinks this is a big deal.The Times says she may have broken some rules, they just can’t bring themselves to use the word “scandal.” We don’t recall the New York Times ever noting that either of the Clintons was involved in a scandal.
Here’s what they do say though.
WASHINGTON —exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
Needless to say Clinton’s party of defenders are out in force defending her actions. “Every Secretary of State had a private email address…” They like to point out that Colin Powell noted in his book that he had a laptop installed in his office so he could use a private email address. We would make two notes here, first, Powell also had a government email address that was his primary address. Second, we are happy to disqualify Powell is a candidate for president over this.
Here is State Department Spokes Twit Marie Harf twisting the Washington Press Corps into a knot over a simple question about Hillary’s email account.
The real point, which the Times doesn’t address, is that with respect to transparency, Mrs. Clinton makes Barack Obama look like an open book. There’s really no question about it, Clinton routed all of her official email through a personal server so there was no paper trail.
Interestingly enough highly placed members of her staff also had email addresses on that private server.
Her defenders are saying that she turned over 55,000 emails to federal record keepers. They didn’t say how many emails were on the server. Is that 55,000 out of 60,000? Or is it 55,000 out of 600,000?
With her emails on her private server, they wouldn’t have been found by a Freedom Of Information Act request. It’s obvious to anyone who has followed the Clintons, especially Hillary Clinton, that she’s looking for cover here. We suspect that cover may be harder than usual to find.
The Associated Press is likely going to court to subpoena the emails on her personal server as part of a Freedom of Information request that they filed with the State Department sometime. The Benghazi committees are reportedly seeking access to the full server as well.
Past the popcorn.
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