INDIANAPOLIS, March 3, 2015 – State Department officials have confirmed, as reported by the New York Times, that Hillary Clinton may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Hillary never had a government email account during her four years as Secretary of State – that she conducted her online business in private during her four years at the State Department. Furthermore, despite requirements of the Federal Records Act, her personal emails were not preserved.
From the NYT:
“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.
A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on NBC Today that Clinton’s use of a private email is“… obviously, highly unusual,” and that “I think this is another one of those things the Clinton campaign, such as it is, is going to have to explain,” he said.
If there is a caricature of Hillary Clinton, who is now the Democrats best hope for a 2016 White House, it is one of a secretive, power-hungry, ruthless person showing one face to the public while she operates in a clandestine, some might say, criminal world.
Whether the caricature comes from the early years in college, or in the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas, the Rose Law Firm, the White House, or the Secretary of State desk, the pattern never changes: she does bad stuff, gets caught, denies it, and walks away, her power and cult base intact.
Whitewater, futures, Vince Foster, 900 FBI files, HillaryCare, endorsing Bill after his numerous affairs, perjuries, and possible sex crimes; “book deals” and “speaking fees” as payoffs and campaign contributions, the Benghazi lies and coverup, shady foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, and numerous less-publicized acts, all fit the image that realistic people have of her, as a shady, dangerous, opportunistically evil politician.
The New York Times, always willing to print a flattering quote directly from Hillary, was unable to reach her about this.
Writer Michael Schmidt, in a March 2 article, could reach only one of her spokesmen. “Mr. Merrill, the spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, declined to detail why she had chosen to conduct State Department business from her personal account.”
No kidding, but he mentions that she had “chosen,” meaning that nobody at State is likely to volunteer to take the fall.
Mrs. Clinton is likely to pull the “Who, me?” defense, claiming that no one told her she was required to keep these records as a matter of law. She’ll say that, since her correspondence was with other government officials, their records should suffice, a sort of half-baked Lois Lerner defense.
But, even assuming she wasn’t communicating with other private email accounts (they all seem to use them), she won’t be accounting for her emails with foreigners. And, as Secretary of State, she would have had a lot of correspondence with foreigners, many of them the same ones that contributed to the Clinton Foundation, and presumably to other Clinton causes and accounts.
Schmidt noted that, “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.”
The “effort to comply” with the Federal Records Act – the law – didn’t start until after she left office. Even then, Hillary’s advisors “decided which ones to turn over.”
Based on what, exactly? And please save the “public” answer for the main stream media.
Hillary has always had only motivator: power. She has never flinched away from the pursuit of power, even when staying the course was personally painful, as it must have been with Vince Foster or Monica Lewinsky.
With no effective or believable competition within her own party, the press is still running cover for her (thanks again, FBI files!), and the Republican Establishment recognizing her as part of The Club, the presidency is well within her sight.
Only a maverick or an unknown like Obama could challenger her now, and the Democratic Party learned something about running unknowns, as the current president has decimated their ranks in Congress.
Democrats will stick with a known quantity rather than risk it all on someone they can’t predict.
The Republicans have plenty of well-known mavericks, but the GOP is still run by the old dogs, dogs who would have been in her FBI files in 1993; and these dogs are, as always and against their will, in her camp.
So that leaves a new-face conservative looking at the White House a huge task: attack a well-funded, well-connected, ruthless leader of witless minions, without the full support of his own party and without foreign money interests financing his campaign.
They will “investigate” Hillary’s use of a personal, versus official email, of course. This half-hearted “investigation” will, as they all do, go nowhere. And when she opted to use a personal email that is not transparent to investigation, she knew this.