The latest Hillary Clinton scandal is in the midst of exploding (right on the heels of the last one – her decision to accept beaucoup bucks from our enemies) about her teams decision to use private email accounts during her time as Secretary of State. The depth and breadth of this scandal is still playing out but one thing is for sure – this is a big bump in the road for the Clinton 2016 campaign.
Our federally elected officials and the officials working various departments within the federal government are not supposed to use private email accounts for public work. There are many reasons for this; transparency, legal issues, accountability and safety. One of the latest revelations has found that the private email system used by the Clinton Team had a glaring security weakness that may or may not have been compromised!
Democrats shouldn’t be too worried though because President Obama and his minions are hard at work to make this seem like “no big deal.”
Like spokesperson Marie Harf who doesn’t care if Clinton’s emails had classified material or not.
Marie Harf: So I’m not sure why this would be anything different. She has said she – her team has said she only did – I don’t know why this would be held to a different standard.
Question: It’s different because it’s a cabinet member using an unclassified email, and most people —
Marie Harf: But we all use unclassified emails. Would it be different if she —
Question: No, most people use – most of their work is on a work email.
Marie Harf: But on the work email, that’s not scanned for classified information either, Brad. If she had had a state.gov email, there wouldn’t have been a classification review to make sure everything on that email was unclassified.
Question: Understand, but it would have —
Marie Harf: Right.
Question: — the security in place to handle classified material, as opposed —
Marie Harf: Absolutely not. That is patently false. An unclassified email system at the State Department does not have security to handle classified information.
Question: We weren’t talking about an unclassified – she would have a classified capacity in her email.
Yes, it seems ridiculous for a government official to try to cover for someone else’s malfeasance (not really – this happens all the time), so hard in fact that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest doesn’t even try to defend it. He just lies and says… “Duh… I don’t know.”
Ed Henry: Okay. And specifically, did the White House know that Secretary Clinton had her own server?
Josh Earnest: I don’t know the answer to that. As I mentioned earlier, I think the extent of knowledge about Secretary Clinton’s email was her email address. And she used that email address that, as we all now know, was not at state.gov, but that she was in — but that she was emailing White House officials — that’s something that I acknowledged from the beginning and it shouldn’t be a particular surprise that the Secretary of State is emailing senior White House officials — the expectation at the White House, as was the case for every other Cabinet agency, is that she and her team are in compliance with the Federal Records Act.
Ed Henry: So you’re acknowledging for four years she did not use a State Department account and, to Major’s question, every senior official here at the White House just deferred and said, that’s okay.
Josh Earnest: Every senior official here at the White House was interested in making sure that Secretary Clinton and every other employee in the Obama administration was acting in compliance and consistent with the Federal Records Act. And based on the fact that Secretary Clinton’s team has turned over those emails, forwarded them to the State Department so they could be properly preserved and maintained is consistent with the Federal Records Act. And we know that those records, hundreds of them, have already been used to respond to a congressional inquiry.