DOJ Clears Hillary Clinton on Email Deletion & Private Server

by Frank Vyan Walton –

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And now for something you probably won’t here about much in the MSM.

“There is no question that Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision – she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server,” Department of Justice lawyers told a judge.U.S. Justice Department lawyers told a federal court Wednesday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account was not against the law, nor was it illegal for her to unilaterally determine which messages were considered work-related and necessary to return to the State Department for record keeping.

Of course that’s not the narrative we’ve been fed for months, one that the GOP has been gloating over…

Former Vice President Dick Cheney described former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s handling of her private email through a private server as “sloppy and unprofessional.”“Maybe she was ignorant, but I find that hard to believe. She’s an intelligent woman. She spent a lot of time in the White House,” Mr. Cheney told CNN. “I think she should have known better.

Y’know what I find interesting about Cheney statements?  The fact that apparently Colin Powell was just “sloppy and unprofessional” as Hillary Clinton.

Like Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email account during his tenure at the State Department, an aide confirmed in a statement.

“He was not aware of any restrictions nor does he recall being made aware of any over the four years he served at State,” the statement says. “He sent emails to his staff generally via their State Department email addresses. These emails should be on the State Department computers. He might have occasionally used personal email addresses, as he did when emailing to family and friends.”The statement continues: “He did not take any hard copies of emails with him when he left office and has no record of the emails. They were all unclassified and mostly of a housekeeping nature. He came into office encouraging the use of emails as a way of getting the staff to embrace the new 21st information world.”

So both Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell used personal email accounts, deleted those emails without it violating any laws and neither received or sent anything that was marked classified at the time.

Emails released Friday by the State Department appear to confirm Hillary Clinton’s assertion that she received no classified information on her personal email account while she served as secretary of state. Still, some of the emails were classified at the FBI’s request after the fact — something the White House says is not uncommon.

Sorry GOP but the FBI deciding years later that in their opinion some information should have been classified that the State Department didn’t agree with at the time does not lead to some massive wrong-doing on the part of Secretary Clinton.

This story is a great big nothing.  Zero. Zip. Zilch.

So I expect we’ll be hearing about it for several more months.  Far longer than the media droned on about members of the Bush Administration using RNC servers for their email and then “losing” millions of them.

Even for a Republican White House that was badly stumbling through George W. Bush’s sixth year in office, the revelation on April 12, 2007 was shocking. Responding to congressional demands for emails in connection with its investigation into the partisan firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost.The emails had been run through private accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee and were only supposed to be used for dealing with non-administration political campaign work to avoid violating ethics laws. Yet congressional investigators already had evidence private emails had been used for government business, including to discuss the firing of one of the U.S. attorneys. The RNC accounts were used by 22 White House staffers, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who reportedly used his RNC email for 95 percent of his communications.

Yeah, “Sloppy and Unprofessional”.

 

Reprinted with permission from Daily Kos

 

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