More bad news for Hillary Clinton came out on Friday when the AP reported that the Obama administration had discovered a chain of work related emails between Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus that she had not turned over previously.
Clinton had told Congress (and the nation) that she had turned over ALL work related emails and that the email scandal was simply a Republican witch hunt. However, the discovery of these work related emails makes her story far less compelling. Over the last few months it has become obvious that Clinton is not telling the whole story when it comes to her private email server.
Speaking of her emails on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this week, Clinton said: “We provided all of them.” But the FBI and several congressional committees are investigating.
The State Department’s record of Clinton emails begins on March 18, 2009 — almost two months after she entered office. Before then, Clinton has said she used an old AT&T Blackberry email account, the contents of which she no longer can access.
The Petraeus emails, first discovered by the Defense Department and then passed to the State Department’s inspector general, challenge that claim. They start on Jan. 10, 2009, with Clinton using the older email account. But by Jan. 28 — a week after her swearing in — she switched to using the private email address on a homebrew server that she would rely on for the rest of her tenure. There are less than 10 emails back and forth in total, officials said, and the chain ends on Feb. 1.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak on the matter and demanded anonymity. But State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the agency received the emails in the “last several days” and that they “were not previously in the possession of the department.”
We now know that she most assuredly did NOT turn over all of her “work” related emails. This latest uncovered lie is simply another one to add to the pile of Clinton lies we’ve all had to deal with. Reason.com explains why what began as a problem for Clinton has snowballed into a debacle that could destroy her hope for the White House.
Over and over again, she has made demonstrably untrue statements in response to the story—that she only wanted to carry one device, even though she admitted to carrying two; that the email server she kept in her New York home had private communications from Bill Clinton, even though he doesn’t use email; that there was no classified email on her personal email account, even though, of course, there was.
And when Clinton has not been misleading people about details pertinent to the email story, she has responded with a combination of entitlement and dismissiveness, insisting that she had gone “above and beyond” the government’s transparency requirements even though she was just barely following the law, and joking, awkwardly, about the story, as if it were all some lark, not something to be concerned about.
In the process, Clinton’s flippant, misleading handling of the email issue has exacerbated the damage the email story has done to her campaign by highlighting what was supposed to make it another non-issue: the wearying sense of familiarity of the scandal and the Clintonian political dramas surrounding it. In addition to the evasions and arrogance, there’s an FBI investigation, a parade of familiar Clinton-world hangers-on defending her operation (often badly), a seemingly endless GOP investigation in Congress, a technical aide who has pleaded the Fifth, the vague suggestion that there might be lawbreaking involved, somehow, if not by Clinton herself then by her aides.
Hillary Clinton is a corrupt liar and the email scandal has clearly displayed that for the world to see. Anyone who votes for her is not only complicit in her crimes and cover-ups, but they are willingly and loudly proclaiming to the world that lying, cheating, stealing and living immorally are not just acceptable, but preferred in America today.
It’s a sad commentary of how far our nation has fallen.
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