Thursday, March 5, 2015

Something to hide

Government emails in a personal account sounds like a Clinton dodge - Washington Times

There’s a new chapter in the familiar Clinton dodge, this one written by Hillary. On Monday The New York Times reported that Mrs. Clinton stubbornly refused to use a government email account during her tenure as secretary of state, choosing instead a private account to better hide her emails. This likely violates the U.S. Records Act, and we’ve seen this kind of Clinton subterfuge before.

The Associated Press reports that Mrs. Clinton’s private email server is registered to one Eric Hoteham, a name connected to and, an address no longer in use. Bill Clinton (aka wjc) used this address when he was in the White House. Fast forward 14 years, over to Benghazi and through the woods, and the email address for Mr. Hoteham is traced to the Clinton residence in Chappaqua, New York.

With the assistance of technology, Mrs. Clinton kept all manner of emails under wraps, including those related to the attack on the American embassy in Benghazi. The New York Times reports that in 2012 congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents, but did not get all of them. Last month, the House committee investigating Benghazi obtained 300 of her emails relating to the attacks. Mrs. Clinton had earlier released about 50,000 pages of government related emails that had been stored in her private account.

The London Daily Mail reports that at an Emily’s List gala Tuesday, when reporters asked questions about her extensive use of a personal email address during her four years in Foggy Bottom, Mrs. Clinton changed the subject. Channeling happier thoughts and chortling to the audience of adoring female fans, she asked: “Don’t you want to see a woman president?”

Hillary won't take questions -- at event honoring journalism - Business Insider
Drama over e-mail intensifies - Washington Post
Committee: 'Scheme To Conceal' - Business Insider
Review of stash to take 'several months' - Reuters
State Dept Ousted Ambassador -- Using Private Account? - Weekly Standard
In other words, State Department policy was very clear. Using a private email outside the State Department's secure system was completely unacceptable. If this applied to ambassadors, one would think it was sensible policy for the Secretary of State as well.
FLASHBACK: Hillary Bashes Bush Officials for Secret Email - Gateway Pundit
FOURNIER: 'It's a shameless script' - National Journal