Hillary Clinton’s Latest Scandal Eruption – Emailgate

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In my opinion, this is a story with legs; one that I believe will linger on for months. The reason is that there is something that sets it apart from other political scandals: it’s about stolen emails, emails communicating secret and sensitive national information along with internal communications between the Secretary of State and her staff and advisors. These emails were high-jacked and sent to Hillary Clinton’s secret personal server instead of residing on the State Department’s computer as federal government practices dictate.

Everyone is familiar with emails so accusations of wrongdoing involving emails strikes a populist chord. This time it’s about emails and Hillary Clinton. People are also familiar with Hillary. She’s no stranger to scandals, she’s been involved in several and has developed a reputation for pushing the envelope when it comes to secrecy and hiding the truth. That’s why I believe that the story has legs. It’s got two familiar components: Hillary and emails – and the combination could be explosive.

Each day some new details erupt (none of which have helped Hillary’s case). For example, just today I read another article which identifies TEN email addresses associated with Hillary’s double secret email domain. TEN. And remember that since she used NO State Department emailing facilities, ALL of her electronic communications (including sensitive and secret internal State Department information) now resides on Hillary’s servers. And do we need to be reminded that ALL of her State Department communications belong to the United States government, NOT to Hillary Clinton.

That means that ALL of her email communications with her staff, advisors, friends, and relatives, along with foreign governments, etc. were stored on HER PERSONAL SERVERS, NOT on the State Department’s government maintained and secure system. And again, those government communications belong to the government, NOT to Mrs. Clinton.

If Mrs. Clinton has nothing to hide, why not just give the State Department access to her secret server? I’m sure that some State Department IT personnel could facilitate the copying ALL of her emails to State Department servers quite easily. How could she possibly object?

It would have been so simple for our Secretary of State to use a State Department-issued email account – even John Kerry (who served in Viet Nam) uses one extensively. Hillary would have had to do practically nothing to use a State Department email account. It would have been created, maintained, secured and archived for her with no special action on her part – and all in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.

It begs the question, WHY did she feel the need to have her own personal and private email accounts running on secret dedicated offsite servers. It would have cost money to set up and maintain (and a highly qualified IT System Administrators don’t come cheap), and the security firewall would require constant updating (another ongoing expense), while the State Department email would cost her nothing, in either time or money. And she was circumventing her own directives, not to mention State Department regulations and National Archive requirements by using a personal account.

Occam’s razor comes to mind. To paraphrase, “the simplest answer is most often the correct one.” I believe that the simplest answer to WHY Hillary went to the trouble and expense of creating her own personal, private email system was so she could retain control over what information would be made available to investigative parties and via FOIA requests.

On Wednesday the 4th, she feinted – to throw off the low information public, when she tweeted that, “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” Those who haven’t been paying attention might think, “that’s good, she is proving that she values transparency in government.

But not so fast, Sparkie. What cache of emails is she referring to? That’s easy; she’s referring to those “50,000” pages of emails that SHE sent to State. State didn’t go get them; they can’t access Hillary’s server. They had to ask her to send them her government emails. SHE handpicked them. SHE controlled what went to State. No one knows what’s left on her servers except Hillary – and she will fight to keep it that way.

If she always intended to send ALL of her governmental emails to State, why did she need a personal, private system to begin with? that’s easy, she never intended for the entirety of her cache of emails to be released to the State Department system. It’s obvious that Hillary alone decided what content was made available to the State Department and you can bet your bottom dollar that there is no incriminating content there.

There is evidence that she’s filtered out incriminating documents before – when the Accountability Review Board (ARB) asked for documents related to Benghazi.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell told the story of walking into the basement of the State Department Foggy Bottom headquarters on a Sunday night to find a document vetting session where staffers were “pulling out anything that might put anybody in the front office or the seventh floor in a bad light.”

He says “seventh floor” was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers. “He asked her, ‘But isn’t that unethical?’ The staffer responded, ‘Ray, those are our orders.’ ” While he couldn’t say for certain what documents the ARB received, he believed that documents turned over to the ARB for the investigation had all been scrubbed in that basement office to protect Mrs. Clinton.

I find that account to be entirely plausible and I’d bet that a similar session was held to sift through the emails resident on Hillary’s server to identify which ones were “safe” to send to State. One thing is sure, if Hillary sent them to State, it’s a waste of time to bother sifting through them looking for any untoward activity – Hillary’s already done that, and they’re “clean.” The investigators need to be given unfettered access to Hillary’s secret server, that’s where they’ll find the elusive pot o’ gold.

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17 Responses to Hillary Clinton’s Latest Scandal Eruption – Emailgate

  1. Hardnox says:

    We can all safely bet that the hard drives on her secret servers have already been scrubbed and overwritten or replaced. Any forensic search will come up with zero.

    It is clearly evident that she set out from the beginning to hide and obfuscate her activities. She was obviously up to no good and she knew it. A child can see it. Proving it will be another matter.

    I predict nothing will happen to her legally. The only positive result will be the left throwing her under the bus which has already begun. Putt kicked that off a few months back with his “America is ready for that new car smell” comment concerning Hildabeast.

    There’s no way everyone in the administration didn’t know her stuff was private but never did anything about it or were too scared to cross her.

    I’m curious to know if her private emails began with her Senate tenure.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I’ve seen no evidence of that Nox, and the domain name she was using was set up the same day that she became SOS. It’s also interesting that the State Dept.’s email system was actually hacked several times over the past decade, the most recent time was in November, 2014 when they temporarily shut down their emails because they suspected that unclassified communications had been breached by Russian hackers. If Russian hackers can hack into State Dept. systems, Hillary’s Podunk setup would have been like a training exercise for new rookie hackers.

      • Uriel says:

        For sure. Plus they would have had easy access to Anyone she emailed tripping through Her account the main would have recognized and passed it.

      • Hardnox says:

        That’s the truth. I heard from a reliable source in the SS that she’s a real tightass too so we can safely bet that she didn’t pay anyone wih talent to protect her system. More than likely it was the 14 year old from down the street. The ChiCom and Russians must have laughed there asses off.

        With regard to the start date of the domain, I heard today that it was set to expire the day after the 2016 election.

  2. Bullright says:

    Good analysis. Thus forward I’m going to refer to it as the Clinton Server Farm, because it must have been huge even by government’s measures. What would be there to prevent someone else doing the same thing? This door has to be nailed shut. It has legs all right, never ending ones. It takes a village to conceal her emails. ‘Hard choices and hard drives.’ 🙂 Interesting revelations dripping out about Benghazi. The ones she gave us are probably the most filtered and culled emails in history. (probably what she was doing when she had her head injury) Then to be redacted by state itself.

    • Garnet92 says:

      So true Bull – those 55,000 pages have got to be squeaky clean after Hillary allowed them to be released AND State redacted what little was left. There are probable an average of 5 or 6 un-redacted words left on each page – Gowdy must be livid!

  3. Bullright says:

    It should be simple enough to check the master list of all the people who went to her residence to “consult” her on the matter. Oh, right, we can’t.

  4. CW says:

    It’s time for another hearing where Hillary takes the hot seat. This latest revelation certainly gives Congress the obligation to ascertain whether her majesty has complied with both the law and with the Benghazi investigation. Congressman Gowdy needs to orchestrate the questioning like any great prosecutor would. He and other republicans should anticipate every answer she will give and they should be ready with follow-up questions and rebuttals that will leave observers with no question that she intended to protect herself from public scrutiny. They should be firm and persistent but no so heavy-handed that the focused it turned away from Hillary’s conduct and onto theirs. Just once I’d like to see us beat the Left at its own game.

    • Garnet92 says:

      I’m glad that Gowdy is on the job, his committee is responsible for exposing this email scandal. I don’t think that he’s going to be happy with anything Hillary’s likely to say on the matter.

      Under direct questioning however, I think she’ll crack – no, she won’t confess, but she’ll make a mistake that will lead the committee to dig into more details in another area.

      I may be overly optimistic, but I think Gowdy won’t give up until he finds a smoking gun. At least I hope so.

  5. Kathy says:

    If she had nothing to hide, then she didn’t need the secret email in the first place.

    Before she stepped foot in that office the first day she knew there was going to be plenty to hide and there was likely plenty of underhanded dealings already going on.

    Her staff has been busy 24/7 scrubbing and redacting emails, and in my book, anyone communicating with her via those email accounts is just as guilty as she is. They’ve known the whole time that was a huge no-no and did it anyway.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Bingo Kathy. WHY did she use a personal email to conduct State business? It is part of the Clinton DNA, they know that they’re not free to conduct their nefarious business with people watching – they’re like roaches, they work unseen and scatter when the light comes on.

      That’s another good point. There are members of her staff who know things that would be detrimental to Hillary, but they are loyal (and afraid), but Gowdy may be able to break one or more if he has the goods to put them away and they’ll turn on her. Hillary would look good in an orange jumpsuit and leg irons.

  6. Uriel says:

    Now would be the time to put the snoop dogs on the trail. Gowdy did put all major email junkets on alert. If it went web then it will always be floating out there. Like you I would bet the farm 1) it was things she knew would raise eyebrows and land many in jail 2) if hackers worth their pay are on it every word has been forwarded before or now. What I wonder is if Obama wet himself wondering which emails they exchanged are ticking time bombs. She ought to be More worried about puppet masters response and her life to be honest.

  7. Garnet92 says:

    There are probably legal reasons he can’t get them, but it’s a shame that Gowdy can’t get NSA help to identify – not the contents – but just each occasion of an email being sent or received by Hillary. Then he could match those up with the 55,000 pages that State provided. I’ll bet my bottom dollar that there would be missing emails.

  8. vonMesser says:

    I suggest a raid. Delta or DevGru just go in and take them. Strip ALL their data. And then let the chips fall wherever they may.

    • Garnet92 says:

      Agree vonMesser – even now, it may be too late. Gowdy gave her two weeks to respond to his subpoena so she’s probably already “shredded” the files. The best action would have been to (as you say) do an unannounced raid and confiscate the servers two weeks ago.