Hillary Clinton has finally addressed her email problem. In 140 characters. On Twitter. And her apology and commitment to transparency is approximately as believably authentic as Kim Kardashian’s platinum blonde Paris Fashion Week locks.
But we’re going to play this game anyway, because it’s Hillary Clinton and, in the words of the great S.E. Cupp, none of this matters because she’s too big to fail. So this is all merely a bump in the road she needs to address and dismiss in order to put it behind her. After all, what, pray tell, is anyone really going to do about it? Announce their support for Democratic Presidential nominee Joe Biden?
Harf said Wednesday that the personal emails Clinton provided to the department will from now on be subject to every FOIA request it receives.
Clinton’s allies, including a network of outside groups designed to defend her, have pointed out repeatedly that she has handed over some 55,000 pages of documents to State — but critics have emphasized that her own staff was in charge of deciding which emails to provide.
The Clinton camp has not provided details of how those decisions were made.
And with Foggy Bottom in charge of reviewing which communications to release, the onus is on the department to determine whether they contain classified information.
Oh, yes, “Harf” refers to “Marie Harf,” the now-infamous State Department spokeswoman who maintains that radical Islam would be best addressed with a jobs program. And yes, the 55,000 pages she’s referring to are printouts of Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails, a collection that, as far as anyone can tell, is not by any means comprehensive. It’s merely the tree-killing result of a forceless request from the State Department that Clinton turn over her email records, which they do not have access to because they are on Clinton’s private email server. As far as anyone can tell, including Marie Harf, the boxes of paperwork provided cover much of her activites at State. But there’s no way to know, because, again, no one but Clinton has access to the servers, whether any of her interactions have been dropped, deleted or worse, compromised. And what’s been provided to the State Department can also be edited by the State Department, which has its own interests.
So, like I said, we can play this game, as though we are fully convinced that Hillary Clinton is being as completely transparent as she claims to be on social media. But I’m sure we all understand exactly what’s happening here: short of a dramatic heist that removes the servers from Clinton’s secure location, we’re never finding out exactly what she said and when. It’s all very Clintonesque, proving that the more things change, the more they truly stay the same.
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