So far the Hillary email scandal has all the usual hallmarks of Clinton scandal management going back decades. But as usual with the Clintons the more they try and cover things up the more we learn about their questionable, perhaps even illegal activities. At this point I'm waiting for another blue dress to show up!
|At Tuesday press conference Hillary looked surprised that anyone didn't believe her story of events.|
I'm waiting for another "what difference does it make" defense!
Beginning in 2008 Hillary began using a private email server that was housed in her home in Chappaqua, New York. Hillary claims the server was guarded by the Secret Service but she fails to admit that physical guardianship would protect the server from foreign spies. She kept this arrangement until after it was exposed by a hacker.
In June 2013 she transferred her email operation to a private company in Colorado with strong ties to Democrats. The original server was sent to a data center in New Jersey and supposedly erased. No word on whether the data center was authorized to handle potentially classified information that would normally be part of the Secretary of State's online correspondence.
Also at this time Congressional inquiries were beginning that would require Hillary to turn over all records relating to potential investigations. It's a violation of federal law to erase any data that might be pertinent to those investigations and it is NOT up to the person who holds the data to make the decision of what is pertinent.
The mom and pop operation in Colorado to which she transferred her server kept it in a bathroom closest in a Denver residential apartment. This gives rise to jokes about "wiping your server clean."
Following the standard Clinton playbook both Hillary and the State Department have stonewalled providing emails to relevant congressional committees investigating Hillary's actions as Secretary of State. Meanwhile, Hillary has made repeated statements that she did nothing wrong which later are carefully amended to make it appear she is just the victim of a Republican witch hunt.
But even Democrats like stalwart liberal columnist Eugene Robinson are having trouble swallowing the Clinton Kool Aid this time around. Robinson writes that Hillary's problem is: "about basic respect — for us and for the truth."
ROBINSON: I wish she wouldn’t insult our intelligence by claiming she only did what other secretaries of state had done. None of her predecessors, after all, went to the trouble and expense of a private e-mail server.Centrist columnist Ron Fournier at National Journal says he counted six lies and deceptions in Hillary's latest defense. Only six?
I wish she would explain why, after turning over to the State Department the e-mails she deemed work-related, she had the server professionally wiped clean. The explanation that she didn’t want people prying into private matters such as “planning for [daughter] Chelsea’s wedding . . . as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes” is unconvincing. Does she have some secret yoga move she doesn’t want the world to know about?
And I wish I could be sure that Clinton is now, finally, doing everything in her power to ensure that any extant e-mails are turned over to the State and Justice departments. Unfortunately, I can’t. She stonewalled for so long — there’s no other word for her stance — that recent pledges of openness and cooperation ring hollow.
Will the Stain Stick?
Hillary claims that no one at her scripted, tightly controlled events where only political supporters are invited care about this issue. That may be the one thing she said on Tuesday that was true. I doubt her supporters know, let alone care about the issues here. But as the story grows and is being covered by the mainstream media, Hillary's attempt to reach voters beyond the Clinton Kool Aid drinkers is handicapped.
Still, savvy readers will recall the Clinton's ability to spin and the willingness of supporters and even mainstream media reporters to go along with whatever story Hillary tells if she becomes the Democrat's nominee. Insisting that Hillary Clinton's campaign is finished is as wishful as saying that Jeb Bush is in serious trouble because of Donald Trump!