Why the Bombshell Report on Hillary’s Private Emails Is a ‘Very Big Deal’

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A bombshell New York Times report this morning says Hillary Clinton exclusively used a private email address, not a government account, while she served as secretary of state.

The report raises questions on whether the former First Lady violated federal record-keeping laws for conducting official business. Her aides reportedly did not preserve the personal emails, as required by law.

The Times reported:

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department.

All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

“It is 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,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The State Department has sought to downplay the revelations, maintaining that it “has long had access to a wide array of Secretary Clinton’s records – including emails between her and Department officials with State.gov accounts.” A Clinton spokesman said that she always emailed State officials on their government email accounts “with every expectation that they would be retained.”

“Fox and Friends” brought in Judge Andrew Napolitano to ask him whether this is a big deal…



The article continues, with video of the Judge’s analysis, at FoxNews.com



Related: Trey Gowdy Says He’s Going After Hillary Clinton’s Personal Emails on Benghazi

…Gowdy spoke to reporters less than a day after the New York Times reported that Clinton only used her personal email accounts to do business while secretary, and that several hundred of these emails were recently turned over to Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi.

But while the committee has seen those emails, Gowdy said Clinton still controls her own personal email accounts, and even the State Department can’t verify that it has seen all of her emails related to Benghazi.

“[T]hey cannot certify that they have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have them or control them,” Gowdy said in a prepared statement for reporters…



When a Veterans Group FOIA’d Hillary’s Emails, They Specifically Asked Her to List Her Personal Email Accounts. She Didn’t. And here is the copy of the letter they sent.

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