NYT: Hillary conducted official State business on her private e-mail account — all of it

posted at 9:46 pm on March 2, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Ever wonder why multiple investigations of the Benghazi attack failed to turn up much from Hillary Clinton’s e-mails? So did the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the facility and the failures that led to it. To their surprise, the Secretary of State had conducted all of her e-mail on a private account rather than an official State Department account — and her aides had carefully culled only the e-mails they wanted investigators to see. The New York Times’ Michael Schmidt dropped that bombshell earlier this evening:

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. …

The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered as a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi sought correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and her aides about the attack.

Two weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton provided the committee with about 300 emails — amounting to roughly 900 pages — about the Benghazi attacks that Mrs. Clinton’s aides had found among her personal emails.

Federal law requires government officials to conduct business communications on official media, for lots of good reasons. First, it allows for archival without the officials in question having an opportunity to “sanitize” the record. Second — and this is pretty important for the diplomatic corps — it allows the government to protect against intrusion from other nations and entities. Hillary’s practice of doing business through private servers bypassed both of those key protections.

Zeke Miller wonders just how many people in the White House had to know about this:

Presumably they had to have received continuous Hillary Clinton communications from an e-mail address that didn’t have “state.gov” or something similar as the domain name. It would be absolutely unbelievable that no one would have asked about this issue during her four years at the helm of the State Department. Nor would it have escaped their attention as to the implications of this practice.

The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein is wondering what difference this will make for Hillary backers with a track record on this issue:

In those cases, though, they conducted most of their business through their official e-mail accounts. According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton never used the official e-mail system at all. When the time came to produce e-mails for the Benghazi probe, her aides “found” 300 or so that they chose to reveal years after the event — with no guarantee that these represent the entire record, or even a significant portion of it.

Clearly, Hillary had contempt for the mechanisms that provide transparency and accountability for government operations and officials. If any of her communications involved sensitive or classified material, Hillary may have broken more laws than just those dealing with archival of official records. This could very well be huge, and not just in relation to the 2016 election. Just what may have been gleaned by hostile intelligence services? What else may Hillary have been doing while at State? Congress needs to get to the bottom of this ASAP — and the Benghazi select committee should put Hillary Clinton under oath to demand answers about this.

Update: Jackie Kucinich, senior politics editor at The Daily Beast, nails this:

Remember when some in the media laughed at the idea of a Benghazi select committee? They’re not laughing now. Neither is Hillary or the White House.

I wonder how many other Obama administration officials are using private e-mails? How many private e-mail addresses received Hillary’s communications?

Update: Just to be clear, I’ve changed the above to “some in the media laughed…” Not everyone in the media was laughing at the Benghazi probe — for instance, Jackie herself.

Update: Chances of this being an oversight are nil:

The day of her Senate confirmation hearing? Give her this much credit: her strategy to avoid oversight and transparency may be the most coherent and well-executed strategy from State in the entire Obama era.


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JugEarsButtHurt!!!

Bmore on March 3, 2015 at 8:17 AM

How does this have less than 100 comments here at Hot Air? Are the readers here so ignorant that they can’t recognize a game changer?
 
rndmusrnm on March 3, 2015 at 12:52 AM

 
It’s because the site is dying ever since Salem turned it into Hautoplay.com.
 
Are there even 1000 comments/day total these days?

rogerb on March 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM

What difference does it make now? You people are too small minded to understand the nuances of how governing really work anyways.

odannyboy on March 3, 2015 at 8:23 AM

Just call the NSA; they should have copies of all her emails. Problem solved!

rcpjr on March 3, 2015 at 8:28 AM

She should be in jail.

ConstantineXI on March 3, 2015 at 8:31 AM

And this is just being discovered and reported now?

No members of the media, or the GOP, sent or received an email to or from Hillary during the 4 years she was SoS?

Flora Duh on March 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

How does this have less than 100 comments here at Hot Air? Are the readers here so ignorant that they can’t recognize a game changer?

rndmusrnm on March 3, 2015 at 12:52 AM

This is primarily a day-time site, with the evening folks focusing on the open thread.

I agree this is a biggee. Hillary Clinton went into the Sec State job holding herself above the law and with a determination to be unaccountable. She not only violated the rules of federal employment, she broke the law. I agree it begs the question “who else?”.

This is what happens when the media refuses to hold the President accountable. His underlings take shelter in the shadow of his lawlessness.

Immolate on March 3, 2015 at 8:34 AM

I don’t think anyone’s arguing that Benghazi wasn’t a screw up — although partisan hindsight is always 20-20. I think the objection is that the Republicans have clearly, from the moment of the attack, been far more interested in scoring points against Obama than actually finding out what happens.
 
urban elitist on December 14, 2012 at 8:33 AM

You know why nobody gave a rats a** about Benghazi during the election? Because it was clear that the Republicans didn’t give a rat’s a** about the dead Americans, beyond their value as campaign props.
 
urban elitist on December 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM

you just haven’t gotten the answers you want. You don;t actually care at all about Benghazi or Fast and Furious. You just like pointing at dead bodies and blaming Obama.
 
urban elitist on December 14, 2012 at 9:39 AM

 
Hi Mrs. Elitist. Can urban come out and play?

rogerb on March 3, 2015 at 8:36 AM

No doubt some “un-named staff” did this, I’m sure she dictated her emails and someone else typed and read incoming to her.

#problemsolved

Lance Corvette on March 3, 2015 at 8:45 AM

How does this have less than 100 comments here at Hot Air? Are the readers here so ignorant that they can’t recognize a game changer?

rndmusrnm on March 3, 2015 at 12:52 AM

It’s because the site is dying ever since Salem turned it into Hautoplay.com.

Are there even 1000 comments/day total these days?

and they just destroyed the TH site comment section. Wonder how long before they do same here and at twitchy

smitty41 on March 3, 2015 at 8:48 AM

This could very well be huge,

Okay…but right now I feel like I’m trying to convince myself that there really is a Santa Claus.

lynncgb on March 3, 2015 at 8:49 AM

And this is just being discovered and reported now?

No members of the media, or the GOP, sent or received an email to or from Hillary during the 4 years she was SoS?

Flora Duh on March 3, 2015 at 8:33 AM

I am sure, like most people, that she had multiple email accounts for different purposes. I personally have four email addresses. They range from my spam account to family only. The state.gov address was probably for spam and talking to people about non-essential or official inquiries. If it could come back to bite her in hind-end, she probably switched to the other account to prevent a paper trail.

txaggie on March 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

Barack Hussein Obama – January 2009

Lying sack o shit.

HumpBot Salvation on March 2, 2015 at 10:37 PM

Nah, this is one of those rare times when he was telling the truth, you just didn’t understand it.

Touchstone: a standard or criterion by which something is judged or recognized.

Transparency and the rule of law have been the standard by which things impacting the Obama Presidency have been judged. If they could possibly involve transparency or the rule of law, they were out.

GrumpyOldFart on March 3, 2015 at 8:57 AM

Wonder when her hard drive will fail?

Kneale on March 3, 2015 at 8:58 AM

txaggie on March 3, 2015 at 8:50 AM

According to the NYT, she never set up a .gov email account.

Flora Duh on March 3, 2015 at 8:58 AM

The lack of posts here isn’t because we don’t care. Personally it’s because of my cynicism. Yes, Hillary broke the law and is once again outed as a lying scumbag. I already knew that. Do you think anything is going to come of this? Will the press run the story? Will anyone care? Will the GOP force anything to happen?

Negatory. It’ll be another “what difference at this point” result. Our government doesn’t enforce the law. (unless we peons break it.)

Free Indeed on March 3, 2015 at 9:04 AM

Official Hillary! response, soon:

“Another tired, transparent War on Women by the Intolerant Right Wing Conspiracy.”

And the MSM will swallow the hook and run with it.
Because Hillary!

orangemtl on March 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM

May the complicit media suffocate from the rotting stench of this beached and decaying whale.

Bmore on March 3, 2015 at 9:08 AM

Which unflattering reality is it: The Secretary of State never contacted the President via email, the President never noticed the Secretary’s email address in reading her vacuous musings – worse yet, replying – to the Secretary’s email?

Just stop it. I want the fast pizza box folding guy running the country. At least he’s good at something.

Pistonhead on March 3, 2015 at 9:08 AM

If Hillary has done this then you know Obama & some of his staff have also done this also. I’ve always called this the Surreal Administration

Conservative4Ever on March 3, 2015 at 9:14 AM

How does this have less than 100 comments here at Hot Air? Are the readers here so ignorant that they can’t recognize a game changer?

rndmusrnm on March 3, 2015 at 12:52 AM

Because we all know that this means nothing to the people who could actually do something about it.

obama? This has been him MO from the start.

Republicans in congress? Surely you don’t think they’d derail the next “one”.

DOJ? Please.

This will go exactly where all the rest of the broken laws from this regime go. Right down the memory hole.

And the next time a republican admin even breathes wrong, they’ll be accused of doing all the things the media covered up for from this regime at the speed of light.

And you know it.

runawayyyy on March 3, 2015 at 9:14 AM

We need to recruit some hacking talent. Surely the Dems/libs don’t own it all.

And don’t talk to me about ethics. This is war.

Bat Chain Puller on March 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

She will suffer the consequences for this.
Which, judging from the consequences suffered by this administration for all of their scandals and flouting the law, is precisely:

Nothing.

justltl on March 3, 2015 at 9:18 AM

The MSM:

“How dare they question this proud grandmother.”

“With all her accomplishments, she shouldn’t have to answer.”

“Partisan witch hunt. And how dare they refer to her as a witch.”

“But Sarah Palin…”

“It worked for Lisa Jackson so nothing to see here folks.”

“Her recent stroke caused some confusion with her e-mail designation. The GOP is acting like a bunch of Bosnian Snipers trying to take her out.”

Take a pick – or add your own.

StubbornGreenBurros on March 3, 2015 at 9:21 AM

All the massive NSA surveillance of the entire world in the name of “security” and our own SOS is a walking, talking breach.

We are a wreck.

LetsBfrank on March 3, 2015 at 9:21 AM

Bama warning Bibi not to reveal Iranian negotiations in his speech today. LOL.

#HillarySeeMail

LetsBfrank on March 3, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Oh, and Hillary?
 
God help you if Anonymous supports Warren (and I’m betting they do).

rogerb on March 3, 2015 at 9:32 AM

If any of her communications involved sensitive or classified material, Hillary may have broken more laws than just those dealing with archival of official records.

She definitely handled “sensitive” information if she was even remotely doing her job. She needs to go to jail. Now.

They’re not laughing now.

Oh, please, Ed. They are laughing because nothing will happen to her. Yes, she needs to be in jail – but she won’t be. Not with out current political class in charge.

GWB on March 3, 2015 at 9:39 AM

see what happens when you drag a 100 $$ bill through an email server farm ???

/s

dmacleo on March 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

I find it impressively ignorant that Hillary Clinton, a former lawyer, did not consider the issue of “discovery”. Now that she has linked her government business with her private account, it now opens her entire private life communications to discovery!

I hope the Republicans in Congress get the hint… LOL, who am I kidding?

dominigan on March 3, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Folks, Mrs. Clinton is very likely guilty of several thousand counts of felony publication of classified materials. By using a private email account for State Department business, Clinton is posting top secret materials in the database of a private email provider where the email provider and any half competent hacker can obtain them!

Bart DePalma on March 3, 2015 at 9:47 AM

She should be in jail.
ConstantineXI on March 3, 2015 at 8:31 AM

Many times over.

Sherman1864 on March 3, 2015 at 9:54 AM

She will suffer the consequences for this.
Which, judging from the consequences suffered by this administration for all of their scandals and flouting the law, is precisely:

Nothing.

justltl on March 3, 2015 at 9:18 AM

Unfortunately, that’s likely the case.

The callousness of this demands an indictment, not only of Hillary, but every WH official who knew of / used that email address as an accessory for the willful and repeated violation of federal law.

But which is worse – the mainstream media’s refusal to do it’s job as the watchdog for the people and demand that Administration officials are held accountable, or the Obama Republicans in the Congress who will, once again, ignore their Constitutional oversight responsibilities and ‘go along to get along’?

Athos on March 3, 2015 at 9:59 AM

If reports surface showing that the terrorists who attacked and murdered our personnel at Bengahzi had hacked into Hillary’s unsecured e-mail account, I’d be OK with a firing squad.

In the event we’re out of rope.

Bruce MacMahon on March 3, 2015 at 10:01 AM

I’m sure she was just following the advice of her close personal friend, Richard Windsor.

Another Drew on March 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Just out of curiosity, and only for academic purposes, please ask the following question of the innerwebz geek super geniuses. Knowing that this was not the law of the land when George W. Bush took office, but was by the time he left, we can conclude that Shrillary must have been a sitting Senator when this came up for a vote in the Senate. How did she vote on this particular piece of legislation? Should she, as a former law maker, be held to a higher degree of account for those laws she was an active participant in passing?

Flyovercountry on March 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Monica Lewinsky’s ex-boyfriend’s wife asks:

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Galtian on March 3, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Should she, as a former law maker, be held to a higher degree of account for those laws she was an active participant in passing?

Flyovercountry on March 3, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Given this Administration, and the non-existent opposition party that has Congress rubber stamping the the abuses of power and lawlessness of this Administration, just how does one get held to a higher degree of account?

One violated the law. Many in the Administration knew she violated the law, and accepted / aided / abetted that violation of the law. All should be held accountable – and given their callousness in the violation of the law, held to maximum penalties upon conviction.

However, in reality, no one will be indicted or prosecuted.

Athos on March 3, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Give her this much credit: her strategy to avoid oversight and transparency may be the most coherent and well-executed strategy from State in the entire Obama era.

But does she believe Barack Obama is a Christian? That’s what is really important.

TarheelBen on March 3, 2015 at 10:35 AM

You know, I’ve got this nagging suspicion…. Why is the NYT trying to bring Hillary down? Who is their desired Demo candidate for 2016? Who are they trying to aid by attacking Hillary?

GWB on March 3, 2015 at 10:38 AM

Official Hillary! response, soon:

“Another tired, transparent War on Women by the Intolerant Right Wing Conspiracy.”

And the MSM will swallow the hook and run with it.
Because Hillary!

orangemtl on March 3, 2015 at 9:05 AM

And right after she gives that answer to some impertinent reporter who dares to ask about it, when the camera is off, Hillary will say:

“I’ll get you my pretty and your little dog too.”

Then the reporter will know that any MSM career they may have dreamed of is over.

KW64 on March 3, 2015 at 10:39 AM

This should be the end for Hillary, it just opens the door for Barrys’ third term, yipee

Kat_man on March 3, 2015 at 11:13 AM

One of the things Hillary is known for was being part of the investigation against Richard Nixon.
I would ask the question, on face value which appears to be the worst transgression of the law, the cover up of a botched break in or the over 4 year cover up of an illegal e-mail account to conduct government business in secret by the former Secretary of State, all State employees, obama, and the White House?
I would also suggest after this revelation, what of John Kerry? Is Kerry also using private e-mail accounts instead of government accounts as required by law?

Tommyhour on March 3, 2015 at 11:17 AM

Aren’t the Scott Walker “scandals” more important? I’m sure they are to the leftist media.

cat_owner on March 3, 2015 at 12:17 PM

The democrat voters don’t care. Do. Not. Care.

They’ll vote for any liar, cheat, embezzler as long as they have the “D” by their name.

LilyBart on March 2, 2015 at 9:56 PM

This. It’s all part of the war on women. Besides, Bush!

wkh on March 3, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

Hillary Clinton was corrupt?

Kind of a dog-bites-man story…..

There Goes the Neighborhood on March 3, 2015 at 12:59 PM

Gamechanger! Nah. The MSM will protect her at all costs and the spineless GOP wienies squandering majorities in both Houses will mostly sit on their thumbs. IF something important comes out of any hearing about it, the GOP will utterly fail in any messaging about it and any GOP candidate will fail in using it to impugn her character in any campaign. /cynicism

deepdiver on March 3, 2015 at 1:16 PM

It’s because the site is dying ever since Salem turned it into Hautoplay.com.

Are there even 1000 comments/day total these days?

rogerb on March 3, 2015 at 8:19 AM

This. Plus sloppy editing, and less than stellar writing (not you, AP and Ed).

redmama on March 3, 2015 at 1:17 PM

Yes but, Scott Walker dropped out of college !!

steveracer on March 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM

The MSM will protect her at all costs

deepdiver on March 3, 2015 at 1:16 PM

I’m not so sure about this. I think they’re playing a game of damning with faint praise. Otherwise this stuff would be buried on page 37, between the ads for Geritol and a palm reader. They’re trying to do in Hillary’s campaign without actually damaging the brand. The question is: Who benefits?

GWB on March 3, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Hillary conducted official State business on her private e-mail account — all of it

No additional proof of utter incompetence and/or malfeasance is required!!!

landlines on March 3, 2015 at 2:33 PM

Throw her in prison.

John the Libertarian on March 3, 2015 at 4:57 PM

We need to recruit some hacking talent. Surely the Dems/libs don’t own it all.
And don’t talk to me about ethics. This is war.

Bat Chain Puller on March 3, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Since she actually was using her own computer as a server, it’s really, really likely that she, or someone else with Administrator privileges, has deleted the incriminating e-mail. If she didn’t send that hard drive to the local electronics recycling site the day she left the Department of State. (Or to a locked closet in the basement of Bill’s Library…)

ReggieA on March 4, 2015 at 4:24 PM