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.Requirements of this sort are for suckers. And why wouldn't she do this? It makes many things possible, including the following:
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.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.Emphasis mine. Oversight is for suckers, too. Two thoughts:
- We haven't heard much from Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman who has been running the select committee on Benghazi. He's chosen to keep a low profile to this point. He almost certainly was aware of this practice and would have shared the news eventually. This story feels like Team Clinton is trying to get ahead of the game.
- Are private email servers secure? Maybe. If a foreign government hacked into the server, this becomes a huge story. Certainly our government had no qualms about listening to Angela Merkel's phone calls.
Mr. Merrill, the spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, declined to detail why she had chosen to conduct State Department business from her personal account. He said that because Mrs. Clinton had been sending emails to other State Department officials at their government accounts, she had “every expectation they would be retained.” He did not address emails that Mrs. Clinton may have sent to foreign leaders, people in the private sector or government officials outside the State Department.Again, emphasis mine. Why would the private sector emails matter? Oh, I don't know:
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.This is going to get a lot more interesting. Stay tuned.