- Politics and Social Issues
As it turns out, nearly everything Hillary Clinton said about the email controversy in her truncated partial news conference at the UN was disingenuous, hypocritical or misleading. The prodigious number of “umms” and “uuhhs” that punctuated her speech raised suspicions. Here are her representations in italics, followed by the more truthful facts, observations, developments and probabilities:
She chose not to keep her personal emails
There was no reason for her to erase personal emails. Storage space is cheap. She would have had those emails available for keepsakes, memorabilia, names, events, dates, circumstances, reminiscing, etc. … And also for the political purposes behind probably the majority of her personal emails. The suspiciousness of her reasons for deleting private emails is seemingly confirmed by her recent joking about a computer application that automatically deletes emails.
She took the unprecedented step of making all her work-related emails available for everyone to see
She took the unprecedented step when requested for the emails, but she made them available in paper form, not in their original digital form, and her email correspondence with Sidney Blumenthal and probably others somehow was not disclosed by Hillary Clinton. If she had used a government computer, she would not have to turn them over. She is making a virtue about her unprecedented steps, but those steps were only required because she did not preserve the records digitally in real time as she was supposed to do.... and then they started finding emails outside her server.
She used one device for convenience and simplicity
This was the biggest whopper in her press conference. Hillary Clinton has a past history of being secretive, withholding information, not wanting people to read her emails, and a bad relationship with the press. The obvious reason for the personal server was not convenience, but to avoid responding to Freedom of Information Act requests and press scrutiny. As it turned out, she had at least two devices and/or two email accounts for personal use. She was quoted on a television show as taking great pleasure in getting a new electronic device. And a video clip shows her expressing a desire not to put things in email form. Convenience and simplicity don’t seem to be very persuasive reasons when national security is concerned.
Nick is calling on people
At first, she turned questioners down because someone else was supposed to call on the people. Nick called upon a very sympathetic questioner. But as the conference wore on, she herself made those decisions.
It was allowed
She issued a directive asking people not to use personal devices. It appears there were special rules for Hillary Clinton, and that she did not practice what she preached.
Emails were automatically saved when she sent them to others
In other words, because others were complying with the rules, she didn’t have to. The State Department later indicated that the emails were not preserved as readily as Hillary Clinton stated. Even if they were preserved, they would be preserved in multiple different areas regarding various State Department employees and conceivably different servers or even computer systems. Finding those emails would undoubtedly take massive amounts of work, so they were not saved in any convenient place or readily usable form. In other words, if somebody wants her emails, they can go find them. And of course, the State Department is having to spend massive amounts of time complying with all the Freedom of Information Act requests, subpoenas, press scrutiny and lawsuits.
Foreign contributions from Saudi Arabia and others
Hillary Clinton handled this question fairly well, but the question only represents the tip of the iceberg concerning the foreign influences, foreign deals with corrupt dictators, and State Department favors for contributors to the Clinton Foundation.
Half were personal emails
Slightly over half of the emails were personal. This personal email volume suggests she was only a part-time Secretary of State. The emails she claimed were private were most probably private emails about her political aspirations. In other words, she was running for president while she served as Secretary of State. Yet this political communication was not mentioned in her list of personal email topics.
All the rules were followed
This is patently untrue. She did not preserve the records in the form they were in, which of course deleted any metadata and requires that the record keepers use bulky paper when she was supposed to preserve the emails in electronic form. It now appears that the laws regarding classified information were not followed.
There was no classified information
This is wholly untrue. In fact, the emails released by the State Department have heavily redacted material that may be classified and are awaiting review by other agencies and intelligence organizations. The readers of these emails have already flagged a high percentage of the emails for classified information.
The Clinton Foundation was charitable
This is true on the surface, but in reality the Foundation served as (1) a convenient method for corporations and individuals in countries to buy influence with the State Department, and (2) a holding pen allowing Clinton political operatives to have high-paying jobs while they awaited the Clinton campaign for president
Smarter to use two devices
Here again, whether she was to use one or two devices is really not the determinative question. The underlying question is why she wanted to keep her emails secret. One reason may be that she was spending about as much time on politics as she was working for the State Department and our country, and for those private reasons, she wanted a private server. Her own interests surpassed her devotion to her government job.... and then it turned out she had her emails on more than one server, which is not smarter, because the other storage devices were not secured.
Anything in any way connected to work was produced
This is not true concerning the 15 emails sent or received by Sidney Blumenthal that specifically dealt with Libya and related concerns.
Server will not be turned over – arbiter not needed, since she has met all responsibilities
The server and thumb drives held by her attorney are now in the possession of the FBI. Hillary Clinton has tried to make a joke out of the question whether she wiped the server clean before she turned it over... and then they found another server, another tech company with her emails, and some drives held by her attorney.
Responsibility of individual to turn over emails that are work related
This is somewhat true, but the emails are supposed to be turned over when they are created, not months and years later, and not in a different form of media, and not just when pressed to do so, and certainly not in a way that causes massive problems for multiple people and institutions. If every State Department employee put the State Department through this hassle, the State Department would have to shut down for every other business.
Used husband’s server, guarded by Secret Service
In a world of hackers, with the Chinese employing 100,000 in a special Chinese Red Army hacking unit, the physical guarding of the server was the least of the security concerns. Hillary Clinton in using her husband’s server unconsciously recognized that her status depends upon her husband.
No security breaches
Hillary Clinton expressed ignorance of the minute digital and computer details, and thus she really doesn’t know whether a foreign government hacked into the server. Hacking is a greater problem now than when her predecessors held office.... and then it turned out that her server had been subject to attack from foreign countries, whether they succeeded in getting into the server is still an open question before her Congressional testimony.
I trust the American people to make decisions … People can judge for themselves
Actually, she has never trusted the American people to make decisions based upon information she seems intent on concealing. Over time, the American people are judging her more harshly. This is before the nation re-visits Whitewater, her commodity futures "luck," and other aspects of her past. Her popularity has dropped considerably as the various facts have been released.
In the public domain …
It has taken the State Department a long time to go through all of those information and put them in the public domain, pointing out the inadvisability and illegality of the way Hillary Clinton did it. In the public domain, they contain redacted portions indicating classified information.
I look forward to discussions “about that”
She does not look forward to discussions about any of this and has kept herself well away from the press for all but just a handful of fleeting questions or staged interviews. Hillary Clinton definitely is not looking forward to her October date with a House of Representatives committee investigating the assassination of our Libyan ambassador.
You have to ask that question of every federal employee – they make the decisions
It is not as simple as the federal employees making decisions as to whether emails are personal or work-related; the federal employees also have to comply with the laws regarding classified information and have to preserve the emails to begin with. Further, she once again makes the defense that everybody was doing it. Everybody does not have a husband who is a former president of the United States, nor does everybody run for president, handle classified information, run a huge foundation, do favors for foreigners, use multiple computer specialists and companies, and otherwise stay in the public eye for decades.
Laws and regulations allowed me to use private email; advised questioner to get educated on the rules
She became most irritated when contradicted as to the State Department rules that emails be turned over and the specific question “Why wait two months?” She challenged the questioner: “Somebody needs to talk to you about the rules.” In truth, her lawyers will be talking to her about the rules. Hillary Clinton now knows more about the rules and the applicable laws than she did at the UN press conference. The legal questions in this controversy are much more complicated than Hillary Clinton led us to believe at her short press conference.
There was no classified material.
At first, the Clinton Campaign tried to quibble about material in the emails not being classified when sent or not marked classified. As it turns out, information is classified whether it is marked that way or not. The person in possession of classified information is supposed to know and act accordingly. Her blanket statement that there was no classified material is flatly contradicted by the released emails that show portions blacked out. The intelligence community clearly disagrees with her blanket statement that no classified information was sent or received on her personal server. Her attorney is now suspected of violating the law by holding these emails with classified information on thumb drives in his personal possession. Hillary Clinton trusted a professional whose duty it was to look after her interests.
Would these questions even be asked if she was a man?
This question seemed planted by the first person Nick called upon. Similar questions were asked of General David Petraeus, a man who got in serious trouble for mishandling classified information.
IG report should be read re: General Petraeus
It was interesting that she knew all about General Petraeus’s criminal history. Hillary Clinton disagrees that her case is in any way similar to General Petraeus. The necessity of gender equality will likely be enforced in a way not liked by Hillary Clinton, especially if she is indicted or charged with crimes.
No, I never voted for Obama, but I have always thanked him from the bottom of my heart for keeping Hillary Clinton out of the Oval Office.