HRC: Those Damn Emails by Amanda S. Green
Well, you knew it had to happen. Sooner or later in our conversation of HRC’s book, What Happened, we would finally see what she really thought about the email controversy. By now, I doubt few expect an open and honest discussion of the email controversy. Trust me, if you were one of the cynics, you won’t be disappointed.
The entire chapter could be summed up this way: I didn’t do anything wrong. Others had used their personal devices before me. It’s Comey’s fault. It’s Bill’s fault for having his personal server and letting me use it. Trump’s evil. I didn’t know and no one would believe me. Sniffle.
But that would make for a terribly short blog post. So let’s dig a little deeper. Oh, look, HRC sets the tone of the chapter from the very first sentence or two:
Imagine you’re a kid sitting in history class thirty years from now learning about the 2016 presidential election, which brought to power the least experienced, least knowledgeable, least competent President our country has ever had. (pg 289)
My first thought reading this was why she specified history and not government class. But then her intent became very clear. She was priming the pump for the chapter, trying to show that no matter how bad her judgment might have been, no matter how badly she failed to understand what’s important to the American voters, Trump has to be worse. Note how she already claims, less than a year into his presidency, that Trump is the least competent president we’ve ever had. Of course, she doesn’t present any evidence to support her claim. She never does.
Something must have gone horribly wrong, you think. Then you hear that one issue dominated press coverage and public debate in that race more than any other. “Climate change?” you ask. “Health care?” “No,” your teacher responds. “Emails” . . . In fact, if you had turned on a network newscast in 2016, you were three times more likely to hear about those emails than about all the real issues combined. (pg 289)
A couple of observations here. She says that we were more likely to hear about the emails than the so-called “real” issues but notice she doesn’t say in what way we were hearing about them. She doesn’t discuss how MSM tried to bury the issue under the rug. But, more telling, is her complete lack of understanding about how important the issue was to the American people. It went beyond the fact she was foolish enough to use her personal email for official purposes. It went beyond the fact she tried for so long to sidestep the issue. It became a matter of trust, especially after she deleted thousands of emails before turning them over to the investigators.
As painful as it is to return to this maddening saga, it’s now more important than ever to try to understand how this issue ballooned into an election-tipping controversy. (pg. 291)
Uh, what? If that isn’t a loaded comment, I don’t know what is. Why is it “more important than ever” to figure out what happened? My stomach did a slow roll and I think I threw up in my mouth a little when the most obvious answer came to me. HRC still has plans for political office or appointment. Nope and nope and nope again.
Right off the bat, let me say again that, yes, the decision to use personal email instead of an official government account was mine and mine alone. I own that. I never meant to mislead anyone, never kept my email use a secret, and always took classified information seriously. (pf 291)
Wow, how magnanimous of her. And how much that one statement shows she doesn’t get why so many people looked hard at her email use. It wasn’t that she used her personal email – that was bad enough – but it was what she did later, when she was asked to turn over all her emails, that caused raised eyebrows and questions about what she might be trying to hide.
Now we get to the excuses – err, explanations. You knew they had to come. Be honest. You just knew it.
A lot of young people today are used to carrying around multiple devices and having both a personal phone and one provided by their work. But I’m not a digital native. . . I didn’t send a single email while I was in the White House as First Lady or during most of my first term in the U.S. Senate. I’ve never used a computer at home or at work. It wasn’t until about 2006 that I began sending and receiving emails on a BlackBerry phone (pg 292-293)
I had to finish laughing after reading that before I could make a few notes. Of course, she hadn’t sent emails as First Lady. She had a staff to do so for her. All she had to do was snap her fingers and say “do this!” and it got done. It also makes me pity whoever had to listen to her dictation and then type all of her books, not just this one. Either that or they had to decipher her handwriting. Oooh, I know, maybe HRC sat with her old Remington typewriter and typed away on it.
Of course, then the cynic in me shook loose and started asking questions like: why didn’t she use a computer at all? Was she trying to avoid leaving a digital trail for investigators to follow?
The excuses continued. She knew former Secretary of State Colin Powel had used his personal email while in office. So that meant it had to be all right, didn’t it? “I also knew that email wasn’t where the bulk of a Secretary’s work was done.” (pg 293)
Here’s one of the kickers, however. After several pages of seeing the sort of “unimportant” emails she sent, we get this from HRC:
As for record keeping, because the overwhelming number of people with whom I was exchanging work-related emails were government personnel with their “.gov” email addresses, I had every reason to think the messages I sent should have been captured by the government’s servers, archived, and made available for Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. (pg 296)
Now it’s the government’s fault for not capturing her emails when she sent them to someone else. Of course, her own explanation shows the fallacy with her argument. She admits that not all of her emails went to people with a .gov address. So, how was she going to insure those emails were archived and made available for FOIA purposes? I know. She wasn’t. Not that it should surprise any of us. HRC is nothing if not the master of passing the blame to someone else.
She then goes on to bring Benghazi into the mix. I kid you not. The bitch dares use what happened to our people on HER watch to show how evil the rest of us, especially the Republicans on the Hill, were to keep pressing her for her emails. “Republicans turned the deaths of four brave Americans into a partisan farce.” (pp 297-298) Read that again and think about it. This is from the woman touting herself as the best person, most qualified person in the country to be president. Nope, nope and HELL NO.
She notes that when the Benghazi Committee sent a “blizzard of requests for documents” (pg 299), there were approximately 8 emails to or from her that were included in those turned over. “At the time, nobody raised any questions to me about why I was using a non-state.gov account.” (pg 299)
Duh. They weren’t worried about that at the time, Hills. They were worried about how our four brave men met their deaths and what role you and your office played in them. It’s called priorities, babe.
When State decided to “complete its record keeping” in 2014 and asked HRC, as well as the three previous Secretaries of State for any emails they might have kept that had to do with their job as Secretary, she then ran to her attorneys. What did she have to turn over and what could she delete? “So we checked to make sure we were following the rules, providing every relevant email I had, and deleted the personal ones.” (pg 300) Except she made the decision about what was relevant and what was personal. She didn’t consult with State. She didn’t consult with anyone else, except for her team. She made the decision and she still doesn’t understand why people have problems with that.
As an attorney, you’d think she’d understand. By making that determination herself, it was like telling a defendant in a fraud case to go through his records and delete anything that wasn’t related to the crimes with which he was charged. Even if the defendant only deleted personal emails, the shade of doubt has been planted. It’s the same with HRC, not that she will ever admit it or understand it.
There’s more, as you can imagine. Again, she throws the media under the bus for being more negative toward her than they were toward Trump. (pg 318) She really throws Comey under the bus for going public with his concerns about her and her emails. How dare he do so publicly?
In typical HRC fashion, she blames the emails – and Comey, and the media, and anyone else she can think of – for her loss. Not once does she show any sort of understanding about why the American voting public had concerns about her emails and the use of her personal email account. She thinks a simple, “I’m not a native technology user” should be enough to excuse her. Sorry, Hills, but nope. You had a responsibility to keep your emails secure, to make sure they were stored in such a way they could be preserved for FOIA purposes as well as for historical purposes. You had a responsibility of making sure your servers were secure. Most of all, you did not have the right to determine which of your emails to hand over when asked. There are ways to get clarification and you subverted each and every one of them.
Once again, we see HRC in full denial. More importantly, we get hints that she isn’t done yet. If that isn’t enough to keep you awake at night, I don’t know what is.
Next up is the Russia question. There will be one more post after that. Here’s your chance. What book would you like me to dissect next?
(You can find the other installments in this series at the following links: What Happened or How I Suffered for this Blog and had to Share, Grit and Gratitude, HRC Gets Caught Trying, A New Deal, A Square Deal or How She Wanted to be the Next Roosevelt, It’s All His Fault, Turning Mourning into a Movement, HRC: Idealism and Realism and HRC: Making History.)
[I know this is hard to watch, imagine what it must be like to read the book. If you want to help finance Amanda’s liquor bill, use this address Send the woman a drink-SAH]