Back when Rep. Trey Gowdy seemed to be prolonging an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s communications with regards to the Benghazi incident, many thought it was merely to justify the new haircut he’d gotten for the occasion. Now, it turns out, Gowdy was not only doggedly pursuing a very obviously missing link in command, but that he’d stumbled on a fluke of Clinton’s government employment strategy.
According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton conducted not most but all official State Department communications on her personal email.
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act…The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered as a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi sought correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and her aides about the attack.
Two weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton provided the committee with about 300 emails — amounting to roughly 900 pages — about the Benghazi attacks that Mrs. Clinton’s aides had found among her personal emails.
The revelation is so monumental, it seems even the Times was required to praise the Benghazi select committee.
Now, obviously, Federal law requires that government officials use their department-provided email address for very specific reasons. The Federal government is required to catalogue all communications inside and between agencies so that the public can attempt to access the full range of the decision-making process through the Freedom of Information Act. New employees of the Federal government – as in any business – are provided wtih a department email literally first thing. And like most businesses, this is also a protective measure for internal communications. When emails go through a single server, and communication is kept within the company itself, it’s less likely that those communications fall into the wrong hands. The understand is that the entity that issues the email address is most adept at protecting what’s going back and forth on that email server. I can imagine this goes double for the State Department, where classified information on foreign nations flies around all the time.
The weirdness goes even deeper, though. It turns out, Hillary Clinton wasn’t refusing to use State Department emails because, say, she’s too old to figure out how to use anything but her SexyGrandma@hotmail.com address. And she wasn’t just sending the occasional work email through her personal account. She never asked to have a State Department email address and was never issued one. And that was not by accident. According to information obtained from a Clinton communication in an earlier hack, the email address she used was from a domain registered the day her Senate confirmation hearings began.
In March 2013, an adviser to Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, had his e-mail hacked by “Guccifer” — the Romanian hacker perhaps best known for revealing George W. Bush’s paintings to the world. At the time, Gawker reported that Blumenthal was communicating with an account that appeared to belong to Clinton at the “clintonemail.com” domain. The content of some of those e-mails was published by RT.com.
Examining the registry information for “clintonemail.com” reveals that the domain was first created on Jan. 13, 2009 — one week before President Obama was sworn into office, and the same day that Clinton’s confirmation hearings began before the Senate.
Of course, it goes without saying, that people across the Administration got emails just like Sidney Blumenthal did, and at no point did anyone think to ask why Clinton was sending the emails from her personal email address, even though some of them – and very close associates – were very, very concerned that members of the Bush Administration occasionally sent a work email from a personal email address.
I’d like to say that this completely disqualifies her from a Presidential run, but you and I both know that’s not true.
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