June 5, 2016

YEAH, BUT SHE TOPPLED TRUMP'S BUSINESS PARTNER QADDAFI:

Five undisputed facts about Clinton's emails (Lanny Davis, 05/31/16, The Hill)

First, the former secretary of State did nothing illegal by having a private email system. The department's Office of Inspector General (OIG) pointed to "policies" that were violated but cited no laws that were violated and said these policies were inconsistently applied and need to be further clarified in the future.  

Second, Clinton was not trying to hide her use of her own private email address. In fact, 90 percent of all the emails she sent went to State Department employees with a state.gov email address, which she thought, mistakenly, would be automatically preserved on the department's email server. How could she be seeking to hide her use of a private email address if she sent her private email to so many people at State? 

Third, no email received or sent by Clinton was labeled at any level of classification. Multiple references in the media and in the right-wing blogosphere to Clinton emails containing "classified" information all refer to post-facto opinions -- what could be accurately called classification by hindsight. State Department experts disagreed with many of those opinions.

Fourth, according to the OIG, there is no evidence that Clinton's private server was ever successfully hacked. In other words, all the dire and dark warnings from partisan Republicans about the secretary of State risking the nation's security by using a private server are, in fact, all speculation -- based on no facts whatsoever.  

Fifth, as pointed out by the inspector general, there was ample precedent for the use of private emails for official and private business, from Colin Powell to senior aides for Condoleezza Rice. 

Posted by at June 5, 2016 7:22 PM

  

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