There Is No Way That Hillary Clinton Didn't Know She Was Supposed To Use A Government Email Account

from the this-makes-no-sense dept

As you may have heard, the latest political "scandal" involving a major Presidential contender comes via the NY Times reporting that when Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State, she refused to have a government email address, and conducted all her work via a personal email account.
Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
This is dumb on many, many levels and there appears to be no excuse for it happening. First off, using a personal email as Secretary of State seems like a massive privacy and security risk. While one hopes that there was at least some attempt to better secure her personal account by government security experts, it's still almost certainly less secure. Given how much sensitive information the Secretary of State has to deal with, it seems inexcusable that she was allowed to conduct official business via her personal account. That to me seems like an even bigger deal than the part that everyone else is focused on: the failure to preserve her emails as required by law.

Of course, the failure to preserve the emails is a big deal as well. But here's the really stunning thing: there is simply no way that Clinton and others in the administration didn't know that she was supposed to be using a government email address and preserving those emails. That's because both the previous administration and others in her own administration got in trouble for using personal email addresses. As Vox notes, towards the end of the Bush administration there was a similar scandal involving a variety of high level administration members using personal email to conduct government business and to avoid transparency requirements.

That scandal unfolded well into the final year of Bush's presidency, then overlapped with another email secrecy scandal, over official emails that got improperly logged and then deleted, which itself dragged well into Obama's first year in office. There is simply no way that, when Clinton decided to use her personal email address as Secretary of State, she was unaware of the national scandal that Bush officials had created by doing the same.

That she decided to use her personal address anyway showed a stunning disregard for governmental transparency requirements. Indeed, Clinton did not even bother with the empty gesture of using her official address for more formal business, as Bush officials did.

But that's not all. What the Vox report doesn't note is that the scandal actually carried over to the Obama administration also, as the White House's first Deputy CTO was reprimanded for using his personal email address as well, early in 2010. So there was both a scandal about the similar use of private email accounts in the previous administration and in the Obama administration. It's impossible to believe that Clinton or the other key people who worked for her in the State Department were unaware of one or both of these issues while she was using her personal email address.

While the White House's email system may be clunky and annoying to use (as I've heard repeatedly), there's simply no excuse for Clinton not to have used it at all -- and for the emails she did send not to be preserved as required under the law. A few years ago, we mocked Homeland Security boss Janet Napolitano for refusing to use email entirely -- though at least she was upfront about the reason. She didn't want to be held accountable for what she said -- though, the reality was she would still have staff members send emails for her. Clinton appears to have wanted to be free of that accountability as well, but to still have the benefits of direct electronic communication herself. In short, she purposely ignored the law for her own benefit.

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  • icon
    That One Guy (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:27am

    Have fun finding a new private email

    Government officials, or other 'public servants' who use personal email for official business on anything more than an extremely rare occasion should be forced to turn over that email account, and have it treated as though it's their 'official' email.

    Try and use your personal email to dodge accountability? Congrats, that account is no longer considered a personal one, and is instead to be treated as an official one with regards to both archiving, and FOIA requests.

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      Designerfx (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:12am

      There are easier and obvious solutions

      Use a whitelist. Block any mail services that are not approved, and do that on devices as well.

      It's not that hard in 2014, and makes it even more obvious when people are skirting the laws and best practices.

      Hell, it's not even about skirting laws and is more about just how likely these people are to be targeted and get viruses/information compromised, etc. You'd think these people would be vaguely more interested in their own safety and self-preservation.

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:57pm

        Re: There are easier and obvious solutions

        really, do you want to think about that for a second. It's the state department for god sakes.

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        nasch (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 5:36pm

        Re: There are easier and obvious solutions

        It's not that hard in 2014, and makes it even more obvious when people are skirting the laws and best practices.

        It wouldn't really help much. If Clinton were willing to use a private email address, she wouldn't flinch at buying a private cell phone / laptop / internet service to get around whatever other roadblocks are in place. Whitelists and such would only deter or catch those who are not very determined to break the rules, or not very imaginative. I would think meaningful penalties for getting caught doing it would be more effective - if there were someone interested in enforcing such penalties, which there isn't.

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    bureau13 (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:29am

    Who needs archives?

    I'm sure the NSA can provide copies of it's backups

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    bureau13 (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:29am

    Who needs archives?

    I'm sure the NSA can provide copies of its backups

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:44am

    This is a boring political story and we will all fall over in amazement if any consequences follow. In the meantime, while we wait for nothing to happen, I think the WP story about the DEA claiming that legalizing medical marijuana in Utah would result in too many stoned rabbits wandering the Utah landscape was a much more diverting read.

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    musterion (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 10:47am

    Why the "scare" quotes

    Why the scare quotes around scandal? Afraid the the Clinton machine will get you, or just habit. Interesting that both NYT and WaPo have reported this. More evidence of how manifestly corrupt and unqualified Ms Clinton is. She should stick to overpriced contentless speaches at $200,000 a whack. But I suppose the brass ring of being the first womyn president is just to hard to resist.

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      Mason Wheeler (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:19am

      Re: Why the "scare" quotes

      Agreed. How is it that people are thinking of having her run for President?!? She displays the characteristic Clinton pettiness and outright congempt for the law that those of us who lived through the 90s remember all too well.

      Ask the average person today about Bill Clinton's troubles as President, and they'll talk about him getting impeached for getting a blowjob. They might know Monica Lewinsky's name, or (depending on their political persuasion) remember that the actual reason he was impeached was lying under oath.

      But how many remember the rest of his presidency? How many remember how it was one long string of scandals from beginning to end? How many remember Hillary being in the thick of most of it because they involved shady business deals the Clintons (both of them) were mixed up in?

      How many remember how weary the American people were after 8 years of that, to the point where, when a moron with a criminal record came by and campaigned on a promise to "restore dignity to the White House," we voted him in just for a change of scenery?

      Yeah. And how did that work out for us? Anyone really want to go back to that? I know I don't!

      Are we ready for a woman President? Sure, but please, for the love of all that is good, not THAT woman!

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        aerilus, 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:58pm

        Re: Re: Why the "scare" quotes

        I seem to recall she was the one laundering donations on hog futures while bill was wining and dining.

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          Pragmatic, 4 Mar 2015 @ 4:47am

          Re: Re: Re: Why the "scare" quotes

          We need decent people to run for office; the last thing we need is political dynasties riding on "My party, right or wrong" and rose-tinted nostalgia.

          I can't stand Hillary. She's too damn close to Monsanto.

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    Rich Kulawiec, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:04am

    Let me see if I have this straight

    The Secretary of State of the United States of America used a personal email account for official government business for four years and during all that time, everyone in possession of that fact (which would necessarily include everyone she corresponded with) refrained from raising hell?

    Didn't any of them grasp that this necessarily meant that their messages were also traversing whichever service was hosting her account? And that they were thereby trusting that service's system and network admins? (Even if the messages were encrypted, which I doubt, the mail system logs would yield useful data for traffic analysis.)

    From an opsec standpoint (forget the records retention issue for a moment) this is insane.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:48am

      Re: Let me see if I have this straight

      I've not seen what the actual email address domain was, but I'm going to guess that it was probably not a naked Yahoo or Gmail address (which anyway would have attracted a lot of spam), but rather some nondescript domain/subdomain address.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:35pm

      Re: Let me see if I have this straight

      But at least they kept their jobs. Some they probably wouldn't have done if they if they had rocked the boat.

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    Violynne (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:08am

    Disclaimer: not defending Clinton.

    While the White House's email system may be clunky and annoying to use (as I've heard repeatedly), there's simply no excuse for Clinton not to have used it at all

    I vehemently disagree.

    Ever try to use tools which don't work well enough to conduct your job? Consider yourself lucky.

    Imagine, briefly, if every TD employee was forced to use IE6 as a must-use program.

    How's that for clunky and difficult to work with, and yes, the government's email system is actually as bad as using IE6.

    If you've never used it, it's easy to criticize those who don't use it, but I guarantee one week of trying to use it will have you using an alternative as well.

    I also dislike the notion email systems like Gmail and Outlook.com aren't as secured as a government's system. I've yet to see any government system in use be reliable in this regard, even if such compromise came within from a consultant.

    As long as HRC didn't delete emails and archived them, there's no reason why she couldn't easily hand over the credentials to turn them over for proper categorization, which is most likely what she did when she left her post.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:38am

      Re:

      Ok, so if a law forces us to do something that is "annoying", then it's totally ok to just ignore that law & do whatever the fuck we want. Thanks for clearing that up.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:07pm

      Re:

      As a Technology Manager who deals with staff and all the different systems involved, Why isn't the Whitehouse tech staff doing something about making the email system better? Otherwise I completely agree with using different tools. I hate annoying tools. I will either fix it or change it unless there is no other option.

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      art guerrilla (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:39pm

      Re:

      @ violynne-

      1. boohoo, you don't have software with YOUR preference of bells and whistles, gosh, aren't public service jobs so-o-o hard... *snort*
      2. i SERIOUSLY doubt that was the case, and SERIOUSLY doubt that was the reason she did so... NO, that was all about the lack of accountability...
      3. she backed them up and archived and handed them ALL over to the USG ? ? ? how much you want to bet, viola ? ? ? i'd bet my whole savings account that she did not...
      4. i don't know about the USG, but just read not too long ago (here?) where florida's open records laws say that IF you use private emails for state business they ARE subject to being included in public records requests and searches...
      of course, that begs the question of HOW are we going to know who with dog knows how many different accounts slimeball, unaccountable 'public servants' (sic)...
      5. lastly, you are prioritizing an INDIVIDUALS software/email preference OVER THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO KNOW... how you can feel good about that, i don't know...

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:51pm

      They weren't backup up

      Unfortunately, your vehement disagreement falls apart. They took no action to archive the emails, expecting others to archive them. They never made any effort to turn over emails until they were asked recently to do so.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:56pm

      Re:

      there's no reason why she couldn't easily hand over the credentials to turn them over for proper categorization, which is most likely what she did when she left her post.
      Has anyone reported that she actually did so? Even in that case, if she only did it at the end of her tenure it means that there was no administrative control over her account up to that point. She'd have been free to retcon her email record with creative use of the Delete key.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:37pm

      Re:

      She was Secretary of State. She dealt with confidential information. Not like Wall Street confidential, like Executive branch of the USA government confidential. The existing system may have been cumbersome, but that is just the reality of the job. Naturally the new, separate system would need to be as equally secure, which is unlikely to be any more user friendly. So the question is why go to the trouble and how was this justified?

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      John Fenderson (profile), 4 Mar 2015 @ 7:47am

      Re:

      The underlying issue isn't whether or not the white house email system sucks. If it does, then they need to fix that.

      The real underlying issue is hypocrisy. Where I work, all emails are archived due, in large part, to governmental requirements. This means that only company email accounts can be used for company business. Using a non-company email account is grounds for immediate firing.

      That governmental employees, including Clinton, can get away with skirting the same requirements is pure hypocrisy.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:09am

    As reported elsewhere:

    The Law Overseeing Retention Of Private Emails Was Not Changed Until After Clinton Left The State Department

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      Roger Strong (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:07pm

      Re:

      Media Matters for example: The New York Times' Deceptive Suggestion That Hillary Clinton May Have Violated Federal Records Law

      Law Signed "Two Years After Clinton Stepped Down." Criticizing the Times article's insinuation that Clinton violated the law, Daily Banter contributor Bob Cesca pointed out: "The article doesn't say which federal regulation, though. Why? Perhaps because the federal regulations went into effect in late November, 2014 when President Obama signed H.R. 1233, modernizing the Federal Records Act of 1950 to include electronic communications. It was signed two years after Clinton stepped down."
      [...]
      Rep. Cummings: Even The 2014 Bill "Would Continue To Allow Employees To Use Their Personal Email Account For Official Business." Contrary to claims that Hillary Clinton violated the law by using personal email account while serving as Secretary of State, even a 2014 law that strengthened oversight of the use of personal email by government officials -- passed after Hillary Clinton had left the State Department -- still permitted government officials to use personal email.

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 4:43pm

        Re: Re:

        This tidbit hardly put a dent in the circle jerk that ensued.

        The many news outlets that intentionally omit this from their coverage think they are being clever but in fact they are doing everyone a disservice.

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    psiuuu, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:10am

    Evidently the domain for the email

    Clintonemail.com, created January 13, 2009. The same day her Secretary of State confirmation hearings began.

    http://www.whois.com/whois/clintonemail.com

    There goes the "just wanted to use the email address already knew" excuse...

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    Dave Cortright (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:17am

    Dealbreaker for me

    And there goes any possibility I will vote for her in 2016. I hope she doesn't get the nomination. This shows an absolute appalling lack of respect for the law, and if she does it here so blatantly, she will undoubtably do so in any other situation she sees fit.

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      Dark Helmet (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:01pm

      Re: Dealbreaker for me

      "And there goes any possibility I will vote for her in 2016."

      THIS convinced you? Not the campaign of abuse against her husband's accusers? Not the turtle head act she pulled during her husband's scandal, setting back women's rights singlehandedly? Not the shady money pouring into the Clinton Foundation from foreign governments?

      The Clinton family is easily the worst political family of our time and there have been some real shitheads here....

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        Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:21pm

        Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

        Not the turtle head act she pulled during her husband's scandal, setting back women's rights singlehandedly?

        Really? How does him being a philanderer and her being OK with it set back women's rights? It isn't like she was financially dependent on the guy, she wasn't coerced into anything.

        I think you are concern trolling. The parameters of their relationship are theirs to decide. You dictating what is appropriate for her to freely decide about her life sounds a lot more like misogyny to me.

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          Pragmatic, 4 Mar 2015 @ 4:51am

          Re: Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

          Try to imagine her political future if she had divorced the creep. It's okay for men, but women have a tougher time of it and women on the right would have called on her to "Stand by your man."

          Politically, it makes more sense to stay with Bill, even though he is a catastrophic embarrassment with Elevator Pants Syndrome.

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        BentFranklin (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 4:14pm

        Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

        Second worst. But yeah, pretty bad.

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      JustShutUpAndObey, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:17pm

      Re: Dealbreaker for me

      Like all politicians, a prime winning strategy is to be only slightly less repugnant than one's competitor.

      Sadly, the lesser of two evils is still evil.

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:53pm

      Re: Dealbreaker for me

      Might be nice to still see her fun for the nomination and lose by a landslide.

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      John Fenderson (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 3:06pm

      Re: Dealbreaker for me

      The reason that I will never vote for Clinton is much more basic than that (and solidified during her first try at the nomination). She's an unapologetic corporatist, much like her husband.

      This email thing doesn't even hit my top 10.

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      Cal, 5 Mar 2015 @ 3:35am

      Re: Dealbreaker for me

      Yeah, along with using Election Fraud to become a presidential candidate. Both actions say a lot about who she is, more importantly what she is, corrupt to the core.

      But then so is Obama who is NOT lawfully the US President for two reasons, Election Fraud in all 50 states, and not meeting all three conditions all presidential candidates are REQUIRED to meet. She also would have been impersonating a US President while the country did not have a LEGITIMATE one as is happening now.

      South Bend, Indiana JURY found that Election Fraud put BOTH Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.

      Neither were legitimate candidates.

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        nasch (profile), 5 Mar 2015 @ 7:21am

        Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

        But then so is Obama who is NOT lawfully the US President for two reasons, Election Fraud in all 50 states, and not meeting all three conditions all presidential candidates are REQUIRED to meet.

        I didn't know birthers were still a thing...

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        John85851 (profile), 6 Mar 2015 @ 12:09pm

        Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

        I'll see your Obama who is NOT lawfully the US President and raise you: Bush was NOT lawfully the US President because the popular vote went to Al Gore in 2000 and the Supreme Court decided the other way.

        And, yes, let's keep debating this issue even though the Bush v Gore issue was 15 years ago and the Obama issue will be over next November when someone else is voted in as President.

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          nasch (profile), 6 Mar 2015 @ 12:20pm

          Re: Re: Re: Dealbreaker for me

          Bush was NOT lawfully the US President because the popular vote went to Al Gore in 2000 and the Supreme Court decided the other way.


          There is no law that states the President must be the candidate who received the greatest share of the popular vote. There was nothing illegal about that. It seems very likely there was election fraud (and probably in every election since then and maybe some before), but that's a different issue.

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    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:21am

    OMG Hillary Clinton totally did what all the other politicos do!

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      Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:55pm

      You're Mostly Right

      You are mostly right. Many politicos do this. She is the first modern cabinet secretary not to use government email AT ALL.) Janet Neopolitan at least had ghost writers send email for her.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:25am

    There's no doubt that Clinton & company made a calculated 'risk vs. reward' assessment and came to the conclusion that using an illegal external email account --even if getting caught-- still had less downside than facing the other alternative: that if the rules were followed, revealing the contents of government property emails could get them in even deeper trouble.

    Also, the Bush regime established a clear precedent, that government documents, from missing White House emails to Guantanamo torture videos, could be illegally destroyed and kept from the public without anyone getting so much as a slap on the wrist for breaking the law.

    It's also becoming clearer why Obama failed to press charges against the last administration's crimes -- he wanted to leave himself open the possibility of doing the same kind of skullduggery that he once railed against before he took office.

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  • identicon
    wayout, 3 Mar 2015 @ 11:42am

    Two words
    "plausible deniability"

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      John Fenderson (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 3:08pm

      Re:

      Now that we know she had a secret backchannel, there is no plausible deniability anymore. It's pretty much the opposite: she can now be accused of anything and is in a weaker position to deny it.

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    Get off my cyber-lawn! (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:11pm

    The ONLY thing that suprises me

    is that this could possibly surprise ANYONE!

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    ysth (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:41pm

    White House email system?

    White House email system?

    Shouldn't she have used the State Department email system?

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    aerilus, 3 Mar 2015 @ 12:59pm

    I did not have real-estate with that man

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    big eff-ing deal, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:20pm

    big eff-ing deal

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    Padpaw (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:41pm

    "What does it matter"

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 1:44pm

    Are democrats born stupid?

    Are Democrats born stupid, or do they learn it? At least Jeb Bush published 250,000 emails when he was governor. I would sincerely hope that becomes the norm going forward.

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    tro (profile), 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:04pm

    she should get fired for this!

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 2:37pm

    Laws...

    are for the little people.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 3:00pm

    This is WONDERFUL!

    All this means is that a legitimate company will have an actual record of all of her emails rather than a government agency claiming to have lost the tapes.

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    Anonymous Coward, 3 Mar 2015 @ 6:44pm

    Blown out of proportion.

    “For government business, she emailed them on their Department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the Department asked former Secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.

    “Both the letter and spirit of the rules permitted State Department officials to use non-government email, as long as appropriate records were preserved. As a result of State’s request for our help to make sure they in fact were, that is what happened here. As the Department stated, it is in the process of updating its record preservation policies to bring them in line with its retention responsibilities.”

    Two months ago, amid a push by the State Department to comply with the record-keeping law, Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of emails and eventually turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the department.

    The Times reported that “Clinton’s personal email account was discovered by a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi as it sought correspondence between Mrs Clinton and her aides”.

    On Monday, Congressman Elijah Cummings, a ranking Democrat on the select committee on Benghazi, said of the controversy: “It has been public for several years that Secretary Clinton used her personal email account, apparently following the pattern of previous secretaries of state. Although Secretary Clinton has produced her emails to the State Department, it is unclear from press reports whether previous Secretaries have done the same."

    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/03/jeb-bush-hillary-clinton-publish-emails

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Mar 2015 @ 5:18am

    But you will disturb the circle jerk - oh noes!

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    Blueangel, 26 Mar 2015 @ 11:49am

    Using e-mail for sensitive material would not be smart anywhere

    Hillary is in the same generation as me and I think that as such, she probably does not deal with sensitive subjects by e-mail anyways. I would never do this, it's like breaking up with someone by text, just rude.

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