Wednesday, March 4, 2015

So, Let Me Get This Straight...

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email Account at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules
Hillary Rodham Clinton 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.
Hmmm. Why do I seem to remember a situation where someone in a position of power was excoriated for using personal e-mail while acting in an official position? It was a position far less influential than Secretary of State, and it was only a portion of the time. Oh, and we found out about it long after this person left the limelight. Remember?

Setting aside the obvious media bias (water is wet!), it is quite troubling that Hillary Clinton used a private, unsecured e-mail address her entire tenure as Secretary of State. As the New York Times (NYT!?!?!?!) points out, this is absolutely unprecedented. It is hard to imagine the news taking as cavalier a tone had it been Dick Cheney, say, who eschewed the rules and broke protocol.

The puzzling part here is deciding what's going on with this news. Is this being leaked by White House operatives hoping to damage Clinton for 2016? The Obama Administration has been pretty chummy with Fauxcahontas, I mean Elizabeth Warren, potentially grooming her for a 2016 run (I mean, c'mon, after President Feckless it's not like experience means a damn, right?). What better way to clear the way for Warren than to torpedo the likely candidate?

And the sheer arrogance and hubris shown by Clinton is stunning. That someone as politically savvy as Hillary Clinton, who went from "I'm not going to stay home and bake cookies" to "stand by your man" in the sake of political expedience, could make such an egregious mistake as to ignore official protocol? It certainly looks like she's hiding something, especially when the e-mails pertaining to Benghazi, one of the biggest failures of her time as SecState, number a paltry 300? I don't buy it, and I hope whoever runs against her presses her on it.

I mean, we know the media won't, but that's a given...

That is all.

Another dispatch from...
(image courtesy of Robb Allen)

11 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

It wasn't a mistake, it's just that she knew that, unlike other government peons like I was, she would get away with it.

ProudHillbilly said...

It wasn't a mistake, it's just that she knew that, unlike other government peons like I was, she would get away with it.

Anonymous said...

It would be safe to assume all of those emails exist in PRC and Russian intelligence databases.

Gerry

Old 1811 said...

Until she got fired for dishonesty, Hillary worked for the Watergate Committee. How did Nixon get caught? Phone records and visitor logs. How do you keep from getting caught? Don't use official communication channels and don't meet in the White House (remember the White House aides meeting people at Starbucks?).
Hillary learns from other people's mistakes.

Ted said...

And she used an account that was setup in her own domain. So she (or at least her IT staff ) had absolute control over what was archived and what was not. If she needed an email "disappeared" It was under her control. ( at least her end was anyway .).

...... And who knows what sort of security was in place. Likly not much and probably some cheap open source mail SW driving the whole rickety mess.

Armed Texan said...

Remember when Clinton chum Sandy Berger was sent to federal pound me in the a** prison for stealing classified documents from the national archive? Yeah, neither do I. I suspect a repeat performance.

Ian Argent said...

pWhile I have no issues with holding this against her at the polling place and in the court of public opinion; I'm gonna buck the tide and say "when the resignation letter takes effect, all debts are paid" as far as prosecutable offenses committed in the official's "official" role . It's a lousy thing, but the alternative is hanging onto office like grim death, lest your enemies take office behind you and persecute you for sins real and imaginary. Sic transit gloria republica romanum; it's one of the reasons behind the fall of the Republic; and the proximate reason behind Caesar's original crossing of the Rubicon.

Anonymous said...

Ian Argent,

If that was true, why did Gerald Ford issue Tricky Dick Nixon a pardon?

Gerry

MJM said...

Her secret email makes Richard Nixon's missing 18 minutes on tape look like nothing.

Ian Argent said...

Since Nixon hadn't been charged at that point, I don't know. Perhaps to head things off?

harp1034 said...

Bill Clinton never had email while in office. George W. Bush closed his email early in his first term.