Hillary Clinton has lots of problems but the one that blew up this week is likely to be one that doesn’t go away. That would be her email. Hillary had an email server installed in her New York home and registered “Clintonmail.com” on the day of her Senate confirmation hearing.
The story about her use of private email accounts running on private server were apparently leaked to the New York Times earlier this week by an Obama administration insider. As a side note that makes President Obama’s insistence that he found out about Hillary’s private email from the news reports in the New York Times a stretch. Of course it seems that’s how he finds out about everything.
And now the Washington Post is on the story.
The Post starts their story with a quote from the Associated Press.
The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.
The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton’s secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians, including Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who were caught conducting official business using free email services operated by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc.
The Post author points out two phrases that concern him. (1) “impressive control over limiting access to her message archives” and (2) “secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians.”
With respect to “impressive control” by having all of her State Department email on her personal server, none of her official communication as Secretary of State was archived in government records as is required by law.
Her position is that her staff has turned over 55,000 emails related to her government business. There’s a big problem that. Those 55,000 emails were selected by her and her staff. No one knows how many emails were sent by Mrs. Clinton while she was Secretary of State and nobody knows what standards were applied to come up with the 55,000 that were turned over to the federal government.
It’s obvious to all but the willfully blind, and that’s probably 45 million people, that Hillary set up a private server for the explicit purpose of avoiding the Freedom of Information Act. The Clintons have a long history of avoiding transparency in ways that make Barack Obama look like an open book.
We are also sure it’s problematic because the Clintons are absolutely stonewalling on the story. They sent out their flacks to front highly improbable stories. They are refusing to discuss any of the details and they’re also refusing to discuss why Clintons State Department staffers also had email accounts on her server.
This story will have legs. It’s not like Sarah Palin’s Yahoo account or Mitch Romney’s Gmail account. We certainly had no kind things to say about Palin and Romney using public accounts. As a matter of fact, at the time he called for Sarah Palin’s resignation over her use of Yahoo for official state business.
At least Yahoo and Gmail maintain account history and while you can “delete” an email a copy always remains on their servers. We’ d bet the farm that’s not the case with the Clinton email server. We suspect she has the capability to wipe any email completely out of existence.
And we are absolutely sure that she would do that in a heartbeat.
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