Her emails were not secured or captured on department servers. Tens of thousands were deleted.
In addition to skirting federal regulations, Clinton set a precedent that threatens the public memory. Archiving email on government servers preserves the actions and decision-making of public officials for release under the Freedom of Information Act, for congressional oversight, and for historical research. Clinton's actions are an assault on the principles of transparency and accountability.
Why is there no explicit prohibition on the exclusive use of a private server? Because, before Clinton, no public servant had the gall to use one. Her motive is unknown. While she said the goal was to avoid carrying multiple devices, Clinton joked this year that she was "two steps short of a hoarder. So I have an iPad, a mini iPad, and a Blackberry."
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(In March, a Clinton loyalist and credible source told me the email issue was relevant because of what it might reveal about the Clinton Foundation, where gobs of corporate and foreign money mingle with the Clintons' charitable, personal, and political interests. "Follow the foundation money," the source said.)
"Last year, as part of a review of their records, the State Department asked the last four former secretaries of State to provide any work-related emails they had."
Palmieri makes this sound like a standard review. In fact, it was the result of a congressional investigation into the infamous Benghazi raid. Had it not been for the investigation, Clinton's rogue email operation likely would have remained secret.
""... more than 30,000 emails. In fact, she handed over too many..."
Whoa, if true. Unfortunately, she didn't hand over enough.
More emails were deleted by Clinton than returned to government arches. Under political and legal pressure, she finally gave the FBI her server this week. Her attorney says it has been wiped clean. How convenient.
"No information in her emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them."
Not necessarily a lie. Definitely not the truth.
In March, she pledged unequivocally, "There is no classified material." Only after that was discovered to be false did Clinton and her team add the "marked classified at the time" caveat.
In other words, the integrity of "There is no classified material" depends on the meaning of "is." Clinton herself tried to redefine the truth last week ("Parsing Clinton: What Is She Hiding?").
What Clinton doesn't want you to know:
— Federal rules put the onus on government officials like the secretary of State to protect classified material, even when it's not marked as such.
— Government officials have been convicted of mishandling unmarked classified material.
— Any chain of events or excuses that led to the disclosure of these documents begins with Clinton's decision to go rogue with government email.