Government & Politics

Hillary's Inbox Still Clogged by Email Scandal

Even the Leftmedia can't ignore that the FBI is turning up the heat.

Lewis Morris · Mar. 31, 2016

Despite the best efforts of Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her water carriers in the Leftmedia, the email server scandal is a problem that just won’t quit. A 5,000-word Washington Post exposé this week gave an extensive overview of the issue from its origins to where things now stand. It’s actually a halfway decent — if somewhat skewed — recounting, considering that the Post was one of the papers that did such a great job of underreporting the story last year.

The Post story details how Clinton and her team resolutely refused to follow State Department policy regarding the use of their precious Blackberries in restricted State meetings and locations. Time and again, Clinton and senior team members balked at the rules, following the standard Clinton playbook: Rules are for little people; we do what we want.

Longtime State bureaucrats did their best to accommodate Clinton, but they remained unaware of her private email server, leading to major technological and security issues.

While the Post’s report indicates Clinton’s personal preferences dictated much of the subterfuge here, Mark Alexander wrote last year, “Of course, the real reason then-Secretary of State Clinton routed all her email communication through a private server in a closet of her New York home was not as she claimed: ‘I thought it would be easier to just carry one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.’ The private email server ensured she could protect her communication from public scrutiny, thus protecting her future political ambitions. Or so she thought.”

At the very least, however, the Post is keeping the email story alive while Clinton marches slowly but surely toward the Democrat nomination. Last fall and winter, the public was treated to a steady drip of information as State Department workers sifted through the tens of thousands of printed pages of emails that had been stored on her private server.

Each new flush of information only raised more questions. How many emails contained classified or sensitive information? (As it turns out, more than 2,000.) Who had access to those emails? Who made the decision to share them with lower level Clinton staffers? Was the server ever hacked by domestic or foreign entities? (The Russians and Chinese likely did, and Heaven knows who else.) And what of the 30,000 supposedly private emails Clinton arbitrarily deleted before the FBI came for her private server?

The trickle of information from the emails themselves has stopped, and with it any remote pretention of interest by the Leftmedia. The only reason the likes of The Washington Post, The New York Times and CNN ever took up the story in the first place was because they simply could no longer ignore it.

As outlined in Investor’s Business Daily, a nonprofit group was the first to crack the story about Clinton’s State Department email addresses. Her private server was later revealed during the House Benghazi investigation. And the public release of her emails was part of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Vice News. All the major media outlets merely picked up these stories and pushed them out to larger audiences. There was virtually no original investigating or groundbreaking news reported by the major networks or papers.

By this point, though, much to the annoyance of Clinton and her media sycophants, the email story is still hovering like a dark cloud over her head. Close to 150 FBI agents are working on the case, and they are not concerned about media coverage or presidential campaign schedules.

What the FBI is concerned about is the extent to which classified information was compromised. In order to find out more, they have been carefully putting together the next step in the case. According to the Los Angeles Times, formal interviews with some of Clinton’s longtime aides are being lined up, and Clinton herself may be interviewed soon by federal investigators.

These are not interviews Clinton and her aides can put off, and the later they come in the heat of a presidential campaign, the tougher time Clinton may have downplaying them. She should face charges ranging from perjury and felony possession and dissemination of classified documents, to felony obstruction of justice. But it’s difficult to imagine that Barack Obama’s Justice Department would do anything to harm his potential successor.

The best hope is that the email server scandal will resurface in a big enough way in time for the election to remind voters just who Hillary Clinton really is.

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