The past week or so (or actually, the past two years if you’re keeping track) has been nothing short of disastrous for Hillary Clinton. It’s almost impossible to have avoided hearing about Clinton’s emails from her tenure as Secretary of State.
Just how bad have these past several news cycles been?
Even California Democrat Dianne Feinstein conceded that the Clinton camp’s silence “is going to hurt her.”
Not to be outdone, Feinstein’s fellow California, Barbara Boxer, told Americans that if they “don’t believe her, don’t vote for her.”
Now why is this such a big deal? To begin with, Clinton maintained the server from her own house, which doesn’t exactly scream secure. Some have also asked the obvious question: what is so important for her to try to hide?
Her response to some of this criticism seems to be something along the lines of how the fact that her domain was “@clintonemail.com” made it hard to guess.
Are you serious?
The same person who hasn’t driven a car since the year I was born (that is, 1996) thinks she can secure her own email server?
(To be fair, I’m not faulting her for not being able to drive. This is a bipartisan occurrence. However, most presidents don’t also think they can run a secure email server at all, let alone from their house)
Back in the 90s, Clinton also was proud of her lack of record keeping because “it could get subpoenaed. I don’t write anything down.”
You would think that in light of the Obamacare fiasco, people are more likely to ensure basic safety of what they post on the internet. However, that clearly is not the case. A simple security check of Clinton’s email domain reports an unambiguous “F.”
Lest anyone fault Hillary for being the only one to not learn from that, it also doesn’t really reassure me that the first place Obama heard about this was from watching the news. In light of the reports years ago that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used a secret email, you would think that Obama would have tried to avoid problems like this in the future.
Experts themselves have been reporting that although Clinton had a high end security system, she didn’t properly implement it, which made the system itself mostly irrelevant. It doesn’t help that the State Department even contact her until October 2014, which is, of course, two years after she left office.
But none of this actually matters, since the email was never actually hacked, right? That is certainly not the case. All the way back in 2012, a Romanian hacker named Guccifer posted emails she sent, many of which were marked classified.
However, this is not the only problem. In 2012, Clinton’s State Department actually “ousted” a US ambassador for this very thing. Part of the report read:
“Very soon after the Ambassador’s arrival in May 2011, he broadcast his lack of confidence in the information management staff. Because the information management office could not change the Department’s policy for handling Sensitive But Unclassified material, he assumed charge of the mission’s information management operations. He ordered a commercial Internet connection installed in his embassy office bathroom so he could work there on a laptop not connected to the Department email system. He drafted and distributed a mission policy authorizing himself and other mission personnel to use commercial email for daily communication of official government business. During the inspection, the Ambassador continued to use commercial email for official government business. The Department email system provides automatic security, record-keeping, and backup functions as required. The Ambassador’s requirements for use of commercial email in the office and his flouting of direct instructions to adhere to Department policy have placed the information management staff in a conundrum: balancing the desire to be responsive to their mission leader and the need to adhere to Department regulations and government information security standards.”
For his part, Scott Gration (the ambassador who was fired) was “very surprised” to hear that Clinton has been doing the exact same thing, and has faced no repercussion. He noted the irony that the State Department Deputy Chief of Staff “obviously knew Secretary Clinton was using commercial email, yet she stated my use of Gmail was one of the reasons I had to move on.”
At first, her response was limited to one single tweet (and given how she apparently understands technology so well, this seems to be sorely lacking).
Not everyone is a fan of this.
The ironic thing about this tweet to me is that her cover photo is the iconic Texts From Hillary image. Yet, as Trey Gowdy pointed out, there is not a single email from that entire trip to Libya that Clinton turned over.
This isn’t too much of a shock, since the Freedom of Information Act filed in 2012 for access to Clinton’s emails has been seems to still be unresolved.
Since that tweet, she also hosted a press conference that was nothing short of disastrous.
We also won’t even be able to know whether she turned over all of her emails, since this is not a government server.
So will we ever know what we don’t know? That question remains unanswered, however this scandal is already having its impact felt on the 2016 election, with some unlikely people saying that this actually questioning whether Clinton is still the frontrunner.We do know that there are around 31,800 emails that will most likely never see the light of day.
You’d think that candidate Clinton, who once lambasted the Bush administration for private emails, would know better.
It remains to be seen if this will resonate with the electorate down the road, but I can’t help but feel like one of my favorite Archer quotes is all too relevant here.
As a fun fact for reading this article, you deserve to know which other potential presidential candidate doesn’t use email. The answer is none other than Senator Lindsey Graham (other senators who rarely, if ever, use email are Senators Chuck Schumer, Pat Roberts, John McCain, Richard Shelby).