Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today doubled down on her email secrecy project, saying she had deleted perhaps some 30,000 emails from her time as Secretary of State that she claims were “private.”
All the emails were sent from her private account and stored on her private server. Presumably, the emails she deleted may exist somewhere on the server, but “the server will remain private,” she said.
Unless the server is forcibly removed from her possession via subpoena, there will never be any way to tell what’s on there. Another 30,000 or so, also sent on her private account, were judged by her or her staff to be work-related and were sent to the State Department.
Clinton, who spoke during a press conference at the United Nations, offered up the specious argument that all public officials are required to judge what is personal and what is not. But by using her own account, Hillary was able to do something other public servants cannot – retrospectively judge whether she wanted certain work-related emails to be part of the public record or not.
She said she used two accounts because it was more convenient than carrying two devices, which no one will believe. She acknowledged that it “might have been smarter” to use two email accounts. But that hardly qualifies as a mea culpa – she seemed to merely be saying it would have in the end avoided the trouble she’s getting now.
She also seemed to try to neuter the questioning by having her press secretary first call on a reporter from “Turkish television,” who conveniently suggested that sexism was motivating the inquiry, asking, “if you were a man today, would all this fuss being made be made?”
The bottom line here is that a women with a known penchant for secrecy deleted half the emails she sent as Secretary of State. That’s a big problem, and it’s not going away.