Who Could Possibly Trust Hillary Clinton now..?
Newbies may deserve a benefit of the doubt; but those who have been around the block a time or two deserve nothing but relentless investigation. Furthermore, an investigation by independent contractors. I cannot speak for you but this much I know — Partisan politics as well as doing something to your own simply does not work in Washington, D.C.
Which, of course, brings us to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, one-time first lady and U.S. senator, who also seems to be running for president. Clinton has become caught up in a mind-numbingly unnecessary scandal of her own making after the New York Times revealed that she conducted government business entirely on a private email account as Secretary of State.
Few, if any, believe her claim that she was unaware such an action would create questions. After all, it is — or at least should be — considered standard operating procedure for public officials to conduct public business on government-operated email, and she should have known better.
However we contend that Mrs. Clinton was very much aware of her actions and definitely knew what she was doing. Yet, what she did not count on was getting caught! Moreover we believe just as we did during the “brain tumor, throat disorder” and whatever else she was suffering from — all during the Benghazi bull squat orchestrated by her boss and the Attorney General.
While Clinton was Secretary of State, she failed to utilize her government email account, using her own personal one instead. She isn’t the first to do it, but she failed to disclose massive batches of emails.
Her department was obligated to preserve her email records, and that didn’t happen until after she left office in 2013. Clinton and her designated staff members were allowed to pick and choose which emails were eventually turned over to the government and which to leave out as “private.” To claim she had no intent to deceive misses the point — it was still wrong. According to the Federal Information Act, it is officials who are to separate what is potentially hazardous for national security or any secret documents or actions. However, as we now know, Mrs. Clinton conducted this activity on her own.
What about her private-account emails to representatives of foreign governments? What about emails to U.S. officials on their private or government accounts?
This came about because the State Department asked all ex-secretaries for emails and other records from their time in office as part of an effort to improve its record keeping. Clinton’s advisers turned in 55,000 pages. About 900 were given to the House select committee investigating Benghazi.
How do we know they turned over everything of public interest? At the moment, we have little more than their word for it.
The Clinton camp’s cavalier disregard for the public’s need to know is disappointing but not surprising. If private email accounts aren’t in the hands of the government, they are beyond the reach of the Freedom of Information Act and congressional scrutiny. That’s why the rules exist. It should be up to government archivists who value transparency over concealment, to exercise their professional judgment about what is personal and what isn’t.
Thankfully, a 2014 law bars use of private accounts unless officials copy or forward emails into government accounts within 20 days. Now the public understands why such measures are necessary.
Restore transparency to the process and open the documents to inspection now.