I watched Hillary Clinton’s press conference today about her email. I’m not at all impressed that it took her eight — eight! — days to start answering questions about it. Eight days to come up with the explanation that she simply opted for convenience. She didn’t use government email for her official correspondence because it would have been inconvenient to carry a second device (in addition to her personal Blackberry). Really? Carrying a second cell phone would have posed an unacceptable inconvenience?
Oh, and the personal server that all her email was stored on? No problem. It’s the server that was set up for Pres. Clinton to use, and it’s on property guarded by the Secret Service (like that will stop hackers) at the Clinton home in Chappaqua, NY. See? All perfectly safe.
And besides, she never sent any “Classified” material in her emails. (Psst, trust her, she’s from the government.)
And furthermore, all her emails went to government employees and therefore were saved on their government servers. (Where I come from that’s called passing the buck.) It’s not their responsibility to save her email, but it does ensure that her emails are scattered across who knows how many government servers. Oh snap, sorry ’bout that.
Reporters were still shouting questions (so many questions … ) when she left the room. So we still don’t know why we should believe that she and her staff provided copies of all her email to the government. They picked and chose what to provide. Wouldn’t want to bother the gubmint with inconsequential personal stuff like Chelsea’s wedding plans. (So they obligingly deleted all the “personal” emails. How thoughtful.) Of course, we have only her word that she provided all the email. Ah, but of course she did. All 55,000 pages, printed pages, not digital files. Printed pages that cannot easily be electronically searched, that cannot easily be stored on a computer. Seriously? How long did it take to print 55,000 pages compared to simply making a digital copy? And why on earth, in the 21st Century, would someone do that? Didn’t have an extra thumb drive? Staples was sold out? Surely it wasn’t the old lawyer’s trick of providing a lot of information in order to obscure a little information …
All the questions would be answered, of course, if she’d just give the server (yes, the one the government is guarding) to the government and let a third party go through all the email. But for whatever reason, she’s refused to do that. (Maybe she doesn’t trust the government? No honor among thieves?)
All this from the only candidate so far (from any party), that I thought I might possibly vote for next year. Oy vey.