It wasn’t political theater on the scale of Andrew Breitbart hijacking Anthony Weiner’s press conference but it verged on epic in a Buddhist-monk-self-immolating type of way.
Hillary Clinton used the occasion of her appearance at the UN on behalf of the ongoing RICO violation and money laundering operation known as the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to address the building avalanche of questions around her decision to blatantly violate federal law and use an non-secure smart phone and non-secure server to carry out what passed for diplomacy on her watch.
First, when I got to work as secretary of state, 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.
Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.
This is an obvious lie. In fact, we know this is a lie because Hillary told us so. Last month at an event in Silicon Valley she said:
“There are reasons when you start out in Washington on a Blackberry you stay on it in many instances. But it’s also — I don’t know, I don’t throw anything away. I’m like two steps short of a hoarder. So I have an iPad, a mini iPad, an iPhone and a Blackberry.”
In 2011, she had this to say:
Well, I have a quite large purse, because when you travel as much as I do, you never know what you’re going to need. So in addition to makeup and all that goes with that, usually my Blackberry and papers of all kinds, because I can’t get away with a small purse because I’m in and out of meetings all the time. So it’s kind of a purse/briefcase sort of operation going on here. But when I go overseas, like on this trip, there are many more bags that come with me than just my purse in case something else is needed. And my iPod, just the usual wonderful musical “interluding” diversions that we all need, a wide variety. And on my iPad, I have to confess, mostly news sites, because I do a lot of looking to see what’s going on around the world.
Second, the vast majority of my work emails went to government employees at their government addresses, which meant they were captured and preserved immediately on the system at the State Department.
Hmmmkay. How about the emails that went to Huma Abedin, Hillary’s “chief of staff”, who we also know had a private email account? This is critical because not only are those email subject to FOIA requests but we also know that Abedin was also conducting business as a consultant for a private company while on State’s payroll:
Questions about Clinton’s use of the special program were first raised in 2013, when it became public that Abedin was being paid by the State Department while also working for an international consulting firm with close ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Through a request under the Freedom of Information Act, several news organizations, including The Washington Post, have since learned the extent to which Hillary Clinton used the program.
Others granted the special status included a former campaign manager, a longtime legal and personal adviser, a former House member now affiliated with a group backing a Clinton presidential bid, a former pollster and others who have supported the Clintons in their political and philanthropic organizations.
In interviews, State Department officials and several of the individuals said the special government status was legitimate and had no relationship to Hillary Clinton’s political ambitions. Some said they declined compensation for their work under the special status.
Aside from Abedin, Clinton political allies who were granted the special status included Maggie Williams, Clinton’s 2008 campaign manager; Jeremy Rosner, a former Clinton pollster; Jonathan Prince, a speechwriter for Bill and Hillary Clinton; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former Maryland lieutenant governor who is on the board of American Bridge, a left-leaning political operation that has defended Hillary Clinton against partisan attacks; and Cheryl Mills, a former White House deputy counsel and longtime adviser to Hillary Clinton.
It is reasonable to ask, what access did this selection of assclowns have to classified government information and did they use that information for personal gain (my bet is Yes, They Did.)
Third, after I left office, the State Department asked former secretaries of state for our assistance in providing copies of work- related emails from our personal accounts. I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totalled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them. We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work- related emails and deliver them to the State Department. At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal emails — emails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.
No one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy.
During the flaccid follow-up question period, she made this assertion:
The server contains personal communications from my husband and me, and I believe I have met all of my responsibilities and the server will remain private and I think that the State Department will be able, over time, to release all of the records that were provided.
Compare and contrast with the Wall Street Journal article titled Bill Clinton Still Doesn’t Use Email.
If Hillary Clinton’s emails are eventually cracked open, don’t expect to see any juicy correspondence with her husband—or any correspondence at all. Bill Clinton doesn’t use email.
The former president, who does regularly use Twitter TWTR -3.82%, has sent a grand total of two emails during his entire life, both as president, says Matt McKenna, his spokesman. After leaving office, Mr. Clinton established his own domain that staff use–@presidentclinton.com. But Mr. Clinton still doesn’t use email himself, Mr. McKenna said.
As president, Mr. Clinton’s first email was a message to John Glenn, the former senator and astronaut who in 1998 was making a return trip to space. Mr. Glenn wrote Mr. Clinton, and the president replied. “Hillary and I had a great time at the launch,” Mr. Clinton wrote in his note. “We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous.”
She simply doesn’t have that choice and here she admits to destroying a large number of emails. They may be personal but the only authority we have for that is Clinton’s word.
Fourth, I took the unprecedented step of asking that the State Department make all my work-related emails public for everyone to see.
That was mighty big of her. After stonewalling FOIA requests and the Congress for years and then scrubbing her emails of anything she didn’t want to be made public, she now demands credit for releasing her version of history.
In the Q&A session she was asked about classified information being stored on her decidedly unclassified server:
CLINTON: I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material.
Huh? How can it even be possible that she sent some 60K work related emails via her private account and none of them were to US ambassadors or senior staff and none of them contained classified information. This is simply a huge lie.
POLITICO, while energetically fluffing for Hillary, sums up her response in an article headlined Go To Hell
Hillary Clinton was likable enough, answering questions calmly though with a weary smile. She even offered a feint toward humility, allowing that, “looking back,” perhaps there was a “smarter” way for her to have handled her correspondence as secretary of state besides bypassing official government email entirely.
Beneath the politesse, however, was an unmistakable message in her 21-minute news conference in New York on Tuesday, easily distilled into three short words: Go to hell.
In the classic television series, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Detective John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, confronts a suspect who has just told him a completely implausible lie
Det. John Munch: You’re saving your really good lies for some smarter cop, is that it? I’m just a donut in the on-deck circle. Wait until the real guy gets here. Wait until that big guy comes back. I’m probably just his secretary. I’m just Montel Williams. You want to talk to Larry King.
Bernard: I’m telling you the truth.
Det. John Munch: I’ve been in murder police for ten years. If you’re going to lie to me, you lie to me with respect. What is it? Is it my shoes? Is it my haircut? Got a problem with my haircut? Don’t you ever lie to me like I’m Montel Williams. I am not Montel Williams. I am not Montel Williams.
That’s all we required. A plausible lie. But Hillary Clinton being the entitled and above-the-law crone she is couldn’t even stoop to that. She simply told us that the babysh*t she was spooning into the public maw was butterscotch and dared anyone in the room to call her out.
It remains to be seen if this flouting of the Holy Grail of the media, “transparency”, matters to them — if POLITICO is any indicator it won’t — but the breathtaking audacity of the breadth and scope of her lies yesterday will come back to haunt her.