Scandal: The former secretary of state's use of a personal account to exclusively conduct government business and to protect her political future in violation of the law ought to disqualify her from the presidency.
'Witch hunts" sometimes find a witch, and those who dismissed the establishment of the House Benghazi Select Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., as just another witch hunt are eating their words.
The existence of a personal account that Hillary Clinton used to conduct government business as secretary of state was discovered by the committee and reported by the New York Times.
Clinton's use of this personal account explains why investigations of the Benghazi terrorist attack — and her culpability in our diplomatic mission's vulnerability there, the failure to heed warnings and the cover-up afterward — failed to find much email evidence of her direct involvement.
According to the Times, Clinton never used her official government email account at all. What's more, she used exclusively one set up on the day of her Senate confirmation as secretary of state. This indicates premeditation in an attempt to deceive the American people by someone determined to fulfill her ambition to be the first woman to sit in the Oval Office.
The Times said that Clinton's aides made no attempt to systematically preserve her emails on government servers as required by the Federal Records Act. Team Hillary is now trying to use the excuse that they thought their government recipients would archive the emails and that was thought to be good enough.
Instead, Clinton's aides carefully culled the emails to find which ones contained no information damaging to her political future, and only these would be turned over to the State Department to be archived.
Jason Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives, told the Times that it was "very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business."
Actually, we can conceive of such a scenario — a presidential wannabe determined not to leave a potentially campaign-ending paper trail.
Though Benghazi occurred after the account was set up, the account fulfilled its predefined purpose and served to hide a paper trail documenting her malfeasance in office and deadly incompetence.
We know from others that warnings of the Benghazi terrorist attack came to her office along with warnings of the Benghazi mission's lack of security as it told of a surrounding sea of terrorist training camps.
We know that Clinton was an architect of the video lie that she repeated to the parents of the Benghazi dead as she stood in front of their sons' caskets.
These private emails may contain a centipede's worth of shoes ready to drop, things such as her role in concocting the video lie and her responsibility for ignoring warnings of a terrorist attack that killed the first U.S. ambassador assassinated in three decades, Christopher Stevens, as well as Glen Doherty, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods.
Use of government email accounts is required as a security measure. Archiving of emails by officials conducting government business is required to preserve contemporaneous communications without officials being able to "sanitize" them later.
Clinton may claim, like her IRS counterparts and President Obama, that there is not even a "smidgeon of corruption" in all of this. But as even MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell had to say that her actions are "a stunning breach of security." CNN's Chris Cuomo added that this "smells terrible."
It is the stench of corruption and a reason why Hillary Clinton must testify before the Select Committee — and why she is unfit to be president of the United States.
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