I’ve removed the UN press conference live feed now that Hillary is done talking because I highly doubt you want to continue to watch people standing around staring at a step and repeat. I mean, maybe that’s your thing. But do it on your own time.
Anyway, here’s what we learned from Hillary’s brief, somewhat contentious (as least as far as Andrea Mitchell was not involved) press conference at the United Nations. It began, as many press conferences have today, with a brief soliloquy on those dastardly Republicans who keep insisting on derailing the President’s landmark discussions with Iran. She also made some brief remarks on the anniversary of the Beijing conference on Womens Rights, which she appears to have attended, noting that she is thrilled to be a part of the event and the commission, despite having accepted thousands in donations for the Clinton Foundation from countries where women are still regularly stoned for adultery.
She made several remarks on her email:
One, that she chose to use one address as opposed to two, because she did not want to have to use two devices. Apparently, Ms. Clinton is incapable of loading two email addresses on to the same Blackberry, and considers forcing her personal assistant, who is with her literally all the time, to carry two phones beyond the pale. It seems when the 3am phone call finally did come in, Hillary Clinton did not want to be confused as to which phone it was going to. Let’s call this the “BlackBerry excuse.”
Two, she insists that any and all work email sent to another State Department or government official was recorded because they have a .gov email address, even though she does not. This, of course, only works if you believe that the Secretary was allowed to use her personal email address, but that literally no one else in the Federal goverment used an email that did not end it .gov. She says that the “vast majority” of her emails went to other .gov email users, they were recorded, so you shouldn’t worry. There are, of course, huge swaths of emails missing, failing to account for Ms. Clinton’s official business around very key events, but as far as you’re concerned, the only ones you need to see are on someone else’s account.
Third, when the State Department requested her emails, she turned over all those she determined to be “work related.” This was a subjective determination done by, apparently, her staff and her legal counsel. The emails she did not turn over involve mostly yoga and wedding planning. At least, that’s what she says. She hasn’t turned over the emails and she’s unwilling to reveal the contents of the email server to the public eye, so we’re just going to have to take her word for it.
So, literally, we have no clue what we haven’t seen, there are whole months of email missing, no one can get their hands on it, but Hillary Clinton would like to assure you that she has absolutely not done anything wrong and you’re all just a bunch of right-wing nut jobs.
As for the more important issue, the location and security of the server, Hillary Clinton says that it was never compromised, an assessment she mades, apparently, because it was guarded at all hours by Secret Service agents. She fails to realize, it seems, that you don’t break into a server by literally breaking into it. The server was, of course, Bill Clinton’s, not hers (even though the server appears to have come on line right before her confirmation hearings), and it never left her sight. Not even for a minute. She did not have improper relations with that server.
So, we learned nothing new, were told to take someone who has built her career on her remarkable ability to lie at her word, and we should all figure that the server the Clintons set up in their basement guest room was adequately fending off foreign attackers.
I’m most definitely convinced.
UPDATE: A couple of issues with her “it’s nothing”-ish statement. Two weeks ago, Hillary Clinton talked openly about using the multiple devices that were just so hard to keep track of today.
And Judicial Watch confirms.
Oh, and as for the “personal emails” that she and her staff and lawyer (“Better call Saul!) determined wouldn’t be very interesting to the State Department or were subjectively unrelated to her official duties as Secretary of State? Yeah, those are all gone. Deleted. Destroyed. So, apparently, we can all quibble over her faux veneer of “accountability” all we want — and I’m sure we will — but none of this matters because there’s nothing left to surface.
It’s oh, so Hillary Clinton.
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