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Hillary Clinton: I Deleted 30,000 Emails

At her press conference today, where she answered questions about using a private server and conducting official business from her personal email account, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bobbed and weaved her way through a torrent of inquiries.

Hillary Clinton said she “opted for convenience” when she decided not to carry two phones–one for personal emails and one for official State use–and instead sent and received personal and government emails from one phone.

This is a heaping, smoldering pile of bull.

Hillary could have very easily put both her government and personal email accounts on one cellular device. Hillary should have simply declined to take the Secretary of State job if the cyber security measures were too cumbersome for her “convenience.”

“Looking back it would have been better to use separate phones and two separate e-mail accounts,” Clinton said. “I thought one device would be simpler. Obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.”

Obviously? The only thing obvious is that Hillary knew what the rules were, and she deliberately chose not to comply.

Hillary made a (bigger) fool of herself when she said she “chose not to keep” personal e-mails like Chelsea’s wedding or her yoga sessions, opting instead to delete those emails. “No one wants their personal e-mails made public and I think most people understand that and respect privacy,” she said.

That’s bull. Again, keeping some email on a private server makes it easy to keep mountains of information away from journalists, Freedom of Information Act requests, and the public at large.

That Hillary has since erased an unknown amount of emails–she says it’s 30,000 emails, because she “didn’t see any reason to keep them“–leaves the public with no choice other than having to take her word for it when she says she’s being honest and transparent about her emails.

Furthermore, Hillary’s home-based server was a slick end-run around the enormous State Department IT security measures that she didn’t want to comply with. Her decision to operate her email correspondence outside of the protection of the National Security Agency left that government information vulnerable to countless breaches.

Hillary handled today’s line of questions the same way the Clintons handle every controversy they face: by deflecting blame and downplaying the issue. Hillary said Bill Clinton had the private server set up in their New York home in August 2010.  Hillary also said she feels she went “above and beyond” what she should have to in order to ensure that all of her emails were secure.

If Hillary wanted to remove all doubt, then she should do what Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-R) has suggested in that she “turn her server over to a neutral, detached third-party arbiter.”

But Hillary won’t do that. And we all know why.

Because what happens on Hillary’s secret email server, stays on Hillary’s secret email server.

(Unless she decides to delete it).


Jerome Hudson

Managing Editor

Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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