In the days following the inauguration of Barack Obama, the day the Senate confirmed Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State, the former First Lady was planning, some would say plotting, to avoid federal law. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is clear about official communication. The Secretary of State, and her staff, must use official email addresses provided by the government and be able to turn over all of those emails at any time. Despite this law, or, more likely, because of this law, in the days before being named Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton devised a way around the requirement. Clinton and her staff established an alternate email address on a private server in order to evade the FOIA.
The New York Times broke the story last night, which sent the political journalist class buzzing,
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. …
The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered as a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi sought correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and her aides about the attack.
Two weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton provided the committee with about 300 emails — amounting to roughly 900 pages — about the Benghazi attacks that Mrs. Clinton’s aides had found among her personal emails.
Were all of the emails turned over on Benghazi the extent of her communications on the subject? Americans are left in the dark, unable to know what other information is out there, easily hacked by anyone with an Internet connection and know-how.
How complicit was the greater Obama administration with the violation of federal law? Are Americans really supposed to believe that in her time as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never exchanged an email with a senior member of the White House staff who should have tipped the President off on Clinton’s evasion? Thanks to a media that is allergic to fact-finding when it comes to Democrats, we’ll likely never know.
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