After six years of anticipation on the part of her adoring public and a bitter loss to then Senator Barack Obama, it turns out that Hillary hasn’t learned from the experience.
The New York Times reports on Hillary Clinton’s press conference regarding the #HillaryEmail flap:
Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday defended her exclusive use of a private email address during her time as secretary of state, saying that she did so as a matter of “convenience,” to make life simpler by using one device and one email account.
“I thought using one device would be simpler; obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way,” she said in her first public comments since the issue emerged last week.
Mrs. Clinton said that she had broken no laws by maintaining a separate account. “I fully complied with every rule,” she said, adding that no classified material had been sent on her email.
Over the last year, following the release of her book, Hillary took several falls on several issues in high-profile interviews:
– Hillary on Obama and Race
– Hillary on Obama, the Syrian rebels and ISIS
– Hillary in praise of Henry Kissinger
– Hillary on Surveillance
– Hillary on Edward Snowden
– Hillary on being broke
Then, a few days ago, came news she’d exclusively done the government’s business from an email address using a server at her Chappaqua, NY home. One can accept, at face value, that since the email server was secured by the Secret Service for former President Clinton, that it probably was safe. The assertion that it was either use the private Clinton account or have to schlep two phones, however, is a false one. Smartphones have long come with the built-in capability to load email clients that can retrieve mail from multiple email accounts and multiple servers. She never really needed to use two phones in order to retrieve email from two accounts. One of the excuses used today is that she broke no laws. That may be true in the strict sense, but that excuse conjures up the one thing the Clintons have never been able to shake: the slickness of being just a hair away from impropriety. While anyone else might have pulled this off and been able to feign ignorance of the optics, a particular speech of Hillary from 2007 prevents her from doing so.
| By MATTHEW LEE
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Friday it was unable to automatically archive the emails of most of its senior officials until last month, which could mean potential problems for historical record-keeping amid criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office.
On the same day the department announced that it was temporarily shutting down parts of its unclassified Internet-linked systems, including email, to harden security in the wake of several hacking attacks, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that only Secretary of State John Kerry’s emails had been automatically retained before February of this year. Kerry’s emails have been automatically stored since he took the job in February 2013, she said.
Psaki suggested the inability to automatically retain the emails of all but its most senior official before last month was because the department lacked the technical capability to capture them unless individual employees took action on their own. She said she could not be more specific but that the department hoped to be able to automatically archive all employees’ emails by the end of this year.
I submit that managing her official email in the manner she did – co-mingling it with her husband’s private mail – afforded her the control over what gets turned over to State, and, should any questions arise, with this commingling, who would also compel former President Clinton to turn over his own private emails by issuing a subpoena for the server? Slick!
Will this saga end up like a cheap romance novel? Will the American people elect someone who doesn’t respect them enough to clean up her act? I mean, come on! She had seven years to polish her image and get ready for Hillary. Why didn’t she?
Come on, America! You can do better. You have better!