You know you’re in for a rough time when the White House, which responds to literally nothing that constitutes an actual scandal, is trying to tell you that something needs to be done.
Last August, the White House found out that Hillary Clinton had been using a homebrew email server to handle all of her State Department communications and warned Clinton that the “oversight” could have a serious impact on her political future. The Clinton team was, of course, already aware of what was going on and didn’t think it was a big deal. And so, defeated, the White House gave up and acquiesced to Clinton’s wishes.
The White House, State Department and Hillary Clinton’s personal office knew in August that House Republicans had received information showing that the former secretary of state conducted official government business through her private email account — and Clinton’s staff made the decision to keep quiet.
Sources familiar with the discussions say key people in the Obama administration and on Clinton’s staff were aware that the revelation could be explosive for the all-but-announced candidate for president. But those involved deferred to Clinton’s aides, and they decided not to respond.
In the end, Clinton’s staff waited six months — until after the New York Times published a story on Tuesday about the email account and the possibility that it hampered public access to official records — to begin their response.
It’s no wonder that the closest the White House has come to commenting on the subject was when John Kerry made a snarky comment to a reporter yesterday about how he had “better things to do” than worry that his predecessor had exposed the State Department’s collection of confidential information to every unfriendly country with a hacker on their diplomatic support staff. They’ve already been through this. And Clinton refused to listen.
I suppose this means we won’t have to worry that the Clinton campaign will run as tight of a ship as the Obama campaign. If they can’t even take this kind of simple advice from a White House that makes communications errors nearly every other week, we’ll be swimming in Clinton stories in no time.
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