Hillary Clinton failed to turn over email related to security concerns about her private email server
Yesterday we learned that there was a security issue for a brief period of time in relation to Hillary Clinton’s decision to conduct all State Department business on her personal email server. This concern led the State Department to disable security features on the government’s server while the problem was worked out. You can read more about that story here.
Now we are learning, according to this story, that Hillary Clinton failed to turn over an email related to this issue, here is more:
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
The email was included within messages exchanged Nov. 13, 2010, between Clinton and one of her closest aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. At the time, emails sent from Clinton’s BlackBerry device and routed through her private clintonemail.com server in the basement of her New York home were being blocked by the State Department’s spam filter. A suggested remedy was for Clinton to obtain a state.gov email account.
It was suggested that she obtain an official email account (which throws cold water on the notion that nobody knew she was not using an official government email account) to solve this problem but the former Secretary of State was hesitant to do so because she feared her personal emails would become public. Instead the State Department was forced to disable some security features on its email server while this problem was rectified because Hillary Clinton refused to use an official government account.
Hillary Clinton’s supporters and defenders like to claim that her personal email server was just as secure, if not more so, than the government’s own servers and that it did not constitute a security risk but now we have learned otherwise. And what a remarkable coincidence it is that Hillary Clinton did not release an email that just happened to show there was a security concern! Apparently she thought this was a personal email and deleted it…
The only reason we know about this email is because her top aide, Huma Abedin, released her copy of it. Hillary Clinton’s defense seems to be what difference does it make because Huma Abedin released it:
“Secretary Clinton had some emails with Huma that Huma did not have, and Huma had some emails with Secretary Clinton that Secretary Clinton did not have,” Fallon said.
But that is not the point! The point is that these emails were official government documents and both parties should have had all the emails and should have preserved and released them, but that obviously did not happen and in my opinion this is a clear violation of Federal record keeping law.
The next logical questions are simple: how many other emails did Hillary Clinton decide were private emails which were not? And out of those emails how many of them did Huma Abedin also delete? And who was in charge of determining which emails were personal and which emails were official? Somehow I have the feeling Mrs. Clinton had the final say when it came to which emails to release and which ones to delete.
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