Hillary Clinton broke her deafening silence on Tuesday, addressing at long last the swelling controversy surrounding her use of private email during her tenure at the State Department.
“I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” Clinton said. “Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone.”
In her address to reporters at the UN building in New York, Clinton hoped to stamp out the fire before it became a ranging inferno. In her answers, however, she managed to somehow make things worse. Now there is no question in many minds that something is going on behind the curtain.
One of Hillary’s arguments is that she didn’t want to carry two phones – one to conduct State Department business and one to conduct personal business. She apparently expects us to cut her a “old and out of touch” break for this ludicrous misunderstanding of how smart phones work. But aside from the scandal itself…why would we trust the country to someone who thinks you need another phone for every email account?
But Everyone Else is Doing It
Another of Clinton’s excuses is that she wasn’t the only one using personal email to conduct government business. That much is true, but it’s still a red herring. She is, as far as the facts show, the only Secretary of State to have ever conducted all government business from a private email account. And that’s not even getting into the fact that she used a private server.
It Was Protected by the Secret Service
Clinton hopes to allay our concerns about classified information falling into the wrong hands by assuring us that the server was on property guarded by the Secret Service. True enough, but we’re back into “old and out of touch” territory. The concern isn’t over the safety of the physical server. The concern is about network hackers and third-party transmissions. The Secret Service? That’s a non sequitur.
Clinton has handed over more than 30,000 emails, but she could hand over 300,000, and it wouldn’t erase the big question mark that surrounds this scandal. Because she refuses to allow a private, independent investigator to examine the server itself, we can never know which emails have been preserved…and which have been destroyed.
Her central argument, when all is said and done, comes down to two words: “Trust me.” But with a woman like Hillary, already embroiled in a separate scandal about foreign financial contributions, that’s asking a bit too much.