Arlington VA March 10, 2015
Hillary Clinton's latest news conference, at the United Nations this afternoon was a masterpiece! Bravo Hillary!
She proved once again that the Clintons make their own rules, live as they choose, and the Government and public be damned. This latest episode, involving a server set up to serve as her e-mail server during her term as Secretary of State, but apparently used for both personal and official e-mails, shows even more clearly how arrogant the Nation's first family-for-life seem themselves.
So, what did she actually do to merit the press conference?
Well, she decided, apparently again without official or White House approval, to simply set up a computer server at her home in New York, and with several e-mail addresses to clintonemail.com, to serve her purposes so that she did not have to the Blackberry the Government would have provided for her e-mail use. There are questions on whether she could do that, either by tradition or law, but she did. So be it.
What the laws and regulations then required, however, is that she provide those e-mails from her private account, related to government activity, within a specific time period for preservation as government records. She claims she did so by answering each e-mail to a 'dot gov' address. However, that is not what the laws and regulations (established by her husband when he was President, by the way) required--they required that SHE provide a copy to HER official e-mail site for preservation,. Of course, since she did not have an official e-mail, that made her actions at least somewhat problematical. What we don't know is if the original message was ATTACHED TO THE RESPONSE, and thus was preserved. Important point here is that it is the employee's responsibility to provide the e-mails to their account, and not simply to some nebulous government site or person, with the government then responsible for collecting, sorting, and making sense of them later.
What should have happened here?
In any other administration, including Bill Clinton's, the Diplomatic Security Service and the FBI would have been at the house in New York as soon as the controversy surfaced. They would have seized the server, analyzed the documents, including those she has tried to erase, and determine what the government really should have received.
Of course, in this 'transparent' administration, she will not be further bothered about the issue, the gutless, political Justice Department will not do its job, nor will the current syncophant in the State Department. They will accept whatever she provided and call it even. That's transparency under the current President. Perhaps in the next administration she will have to account for her egregious potential breach of the Nation's security, that is, of course, if she is not the next President herself.