Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton's up to one of her old criminal activities again. This time it involves her secret e-mail account.

Hillary violated the rules/laws:
  • "The State Department has had a policy in place since 2005 to warn officials against routine use of personal email accounts for
    Hillary Clinton
    government work, a regulation in force during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state that appears to be at odds with her reliance on a private email for agency business, POLITICO has learned."

She was trying to circumvent the law:

  • Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC host:
“Hillary Clinton’s system was designed to defy Freedom of Information Act requests, which is designed to defy the law.”
  • "Hillary Clinton was not publicly registered as the owner of the domain and server she used to operate a personal email account registered to her home, making it difficult to trace the account back to the former secretary of state, according to a CNN review of Internet business records."
    • She put secrecy above security:
"…CNN found that Clinton's computer server wasn't using trusted Web certificates -- something that's frowned upon by computer security experts. Running a personal mail server is generally harder to protect than, say, the State Department, which has a dedicated computer security team."

She accused George W. Bush of "shredding the Constitution" for having a secret e-mail account:

Others have been penalized for doing the same thing:
  • "State’s email policy gained some attention when the agency’s inspector general issued a scathing report on the tenure of retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration as U.S. ambassador to Kenya. The review, which led to his resignation three years ago, faulted him on a variety of grounds: one was having “a commercial Internet connection installed in his embassy office bathroom so he could work there on a laptop not connected to the Department email system.”

Why the silence from Hillary?
  • Dianne Feinstein, California’s senior senator, told host Chuck Todd that she’d like to see Hillary “come forward” because her silence thus far, only releasing one tweet on the issue, “is going to hurt her” going forward....“What I would like is for her to come forward and say just what the situation is, because she is the preeminent political figure right now,” Feinstein said. “She is the leading candidate, whether it be Republicans or Democrat, to be the next president. And I think that she needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is.”