“… There’s no doubt though that the Clinton folks have spun this and that the facts already known are worse than they like to acknowledge, at least in terms of being cavalier about what she did in terms of both secrecy and in terms of government accountability…and, and potential espionage.” – Mark Halperin [“With All Due Respect”]
IN BETWEEN the whines and obsequious press interviews from team Clinton about negativity coming from the Sanders campaign, the email story came roaring back into the headlines on Monday.
It’s a non-story because there is no target, certainly not Hillary Clinton, though if I were one of her close aides I wouldn’t be confident her decisions wouldn’t blow back on me.
It’s why I was struck by what Jill Abramson, former New York Times editor, wrote from her new perch on The Guardian website.
Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy. […]
[…] As for her statements on issues, Politifact, a Pulitzer prize-winning fact-checking organization, gives Clinton the best truth-telling record of any of the 2016 presidential candidates. She beats Sanders and Kasich and crushes Cruz and Trump, who has the biggest “pants on fire” rating and has told whoppers about basic economics that are embarrassing for anyone aiming to be president. (He falsely claimed GDP has dropped the last two quarters and claimed the national unemployment rate was as high as 35%).
The email story illustrates that there’s more to the picture than what Ms. Abramson chose to include.
Oh, I know, I know.
Unlike those incapable of appreciating that a story doesn’t have to be criminal to be revealing about its subject, I’ve been struck by what this event says about Hillary Clinton.
For some, the email story validates doubts about her and goes directly to character and judgment. What it reveals to others is that to err is fucking human.
To want your privacy is too.
When you’re Hillary Clinton trust doesn’t come easily or sometimes at all.
From the Washington Post
[…] Clinton used her BlackBerry as the group continued looking for a solution. But unknown to diplomatic security and technology officials at the department, there was another looming communications vulnerability: Clinton’s BlackBerry was digitally tethered to a private email server in the basement of her family home, some 260 miles to the north in Chappaqua, N.Y., documents and interviews show.
Those officials took no steps to protect the server against intruders and spies, because they apparently were not told about it. […]
[…] Speaking in open court, [Judge] Sullivan said legitimate questions have been raised about whether Clinton’s staff was trying to help her to sidestep FOIA.
“We’re talking about a Cabinet-level official who was accommodated by the government for reasons unknown to the public. And I think that’s a fair statement: For reasons heretofore unknown to the public. And all the public can do is speculate,” he said, adding: “This is all about the public’s right to know.”
Wait until her aides start coming in for F.B.I. interviews, which was reported on Monday by the Los Angeles Times.
Nobody reporting on this story believes or has any evidence that it will touch Hillary Clinton criminally.
What it says about Clinton’s willingness to be transparent and accountable, however, is foreshadowing for what her presidency would be like.
UPDATE 3.30.16: From Reuters
A second federal judge has taken the rare step of allowing a group suing for records from Hillary Clinton’s time as U.S. secretary of state to seek sworn testimony from officials, saying there was “evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith.”