Drip, drip, drip.
Drip, drip, drip.
Hillary Clinton’s ice castle is melting away, drip by drip. When Hillary Clinton became U.S. Secretary of State, she decided to use her own secure email system, rather than the Department of State’s own internal secure, backed-up system. This is the official system that must retain all emails.
Last week, California Senator Dianne Feinstein said, “I don’t think there’s any ill intent in this.” That statement was expected, one Democrat covering for the other, but a real zinger came next, “I just don’t know how the State Department functions with regard to this.”
Ethics and transparency questions arise, like weeds after the rain, but not many from Democrats.
While Democrats take cover behind anything they can find, Republicans are obviously looking to find anything they can use to derail her presidential aspirations.
It turns out the clintonemail.com server that transmitted, held and stored the emails from her account, [email protected], was traced to an Internet service registered to her family home in Chappaqua, New York.
After four years, this cannot possibly be news that was unknown. Who received emails from Hillary? If must have been obvious to everyone who received such an email that she was skirting the law.
Legal experts question whether Clinton violated the Federal Records Act.
On Monday, ABC News reported that House Republican Rep. John Boehner announced a plan to start a new investigation into Hillary’s use of email at the time she led the State Department from 2009 to 2013. The House already has ongoing investigations.
Her failure to use a government email address has created a storm of bipartisan criticism. It could very well damage the groundwork done so far in Clinton’s predicted run for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. At a news conference last Tuesday, Clinton told a host of reporters that her private email address was a “convenience” so she would not have to carry two mobile devices. The ramifications could be a felony if she signed an agreement to turn over all of her email correspondence.
Apparently, she sent and received 62,320 emails while at the State Department. 30,490 have now been provided to the department, because they were official emails. 31,830 emails are being withheld as private and personal records. This latter group are part of the growing controversy.
The personal email address only came to light when congressional panels were investigating the 2012 attack on the Benghazi facility in which four Americans were killed.
The plot thickens!