The real issues over Hillary’s email scandal

Hillary Clinton thinks she is above the law, that she can explain away whatever she wants and people should just accept that.

She is wrong and here is why the emails scandal needs to be pursued.

In a February 23 hearing on a Freedom of Information Act request for Hillary Clinton?s official State Department emails?emails that don?t exist because Hillary Clinton secretly conducted email on a private Blackberrry connected to a private server?District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan exclaimed, ?How in the world could this happen??

That?s the key question. What matters about the Clinton email scandal is not the nefarious conduct that she sought to hide by using her own server. There?s no evidence of any such nefarious conduct. What matters is that she made an extremely poor decision: poor because it violated State Department rules, poor because it could have endangered cyber-security, and poor because it now constitutes a serious self-inflicted political wound. Why did such a smart, seasoned public servant exercise such bad judgment? For the same reason she has in the past: Because she walls herself off from alternative points of view. ?

In the journalistic reconstructions of Clinton?s decision, two things become clear. First, State Department security experts strongly opposed it. As the Washington Post?s Robert O?Harrow Jr. reported in a terrific piece in March, ?State Department security officials were distressed about the possibility that Clinton?s BlackBerry could be compromised and used for eavesdropping.? Soon after Clinton became Secretary of State, they expressed that distress in a February 2009 meeting with Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton loyalist. In a March memo to Clinton herself, Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell wrote that, ?I cannot stress too strongly ? that any unclassified Blackberry is highly vulnerable.?

The second thing that becomes clear is that these security experts ran into a brick wall of longtime Clinton aides whose priority was not security, but rather her desire for privacy and convenience. ?From the earliest days,? writes O?Harrow Jr., ?Clinton aides and senior officials focused intently on accommodating the secretary?s desire to use her private email account? and in so doing ?neglected repeated warnings about the security of the BlackBerry.? In August 2011, when the State Department?s executive secretary Stephen Mull broached the idea of replacing Clinton?s personal Blackberry with a ?Department issued? one, Clinton?s Deputy Chief of Staff and close personal aide, Huma Abedin, replied?that the ?state blackberry?doesn?t make a whole lot of sense.?

I think it is inevitable that the FBI will indict her. Who knows what will happen to the presidential race then.

?- The Atlantic