Nearly a year-and-a-half after Hillary Clinton first addressed the New York Times report that she set-up an unauthorized private email server to conduct the nation’s official diplomatic business, the story refuses to be laid to rest even as investigations and lawsuits have repeatedly proved her claim false.
Her first statement on the unprecedented server set-up, which violated federal laws and regulations, as well as official policies of the Obama administration, was followed by other claims… it was “allowed,” that no classified information was ever transmitted, that all official emails were turned over to authorities as required by law when she left her position as Secretary of State to begin her run to become his successor.
When those claims were refuted, she said all her emails were turned over to her attorneys who went through them with a fine-toothed comb before deleting private exchanges with her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, he said in a public interview that he has sent just two emails during his life – neither of which was to his wife.
Hillary said she deleted only personal emails relating to her mother’s funeral, bridesmaid’s dresses for daughter Chelsea’s wedding and “yoga poses.”
Clinton, a Yale-educated attorney and detail-obsessed policy “wonk,” used her age and her gender portraying herself as a tech-challenged Baby Boomer grandma who didn’t understand such complicated things like computers, the internet and email.
When asked if she wiped the server, Clinton famously attempted to waive off the question by saying, “With a cloth?”
Now, newly found emails have provided a window into the copacetic relationship between Clinton’s State Department and her family foundation reveal a blurred line that violated her signed agreement with Obama to erect a “firewall” between the two.
And with less than 90-days until the election, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a former prosecutor who headed up the House Committee on Benghazi, has cut through the fog created by the slow drip of email revelations.
Gowdy, who stated that he has never seen a single Clinton email related to the family foundation, has gone to the heart of the matter: Clinton must be asked if she considered such emails as personal.
Gowdy cut to the core of exactly why the FBI found no “intent” to break the law from Hillary:
“Remember James Comey said she was not indicted because he didn’t have sufficient evidence on the issue of intent? I didn’t see any questions on the issue of intent. There’s no question she handled them [classified emails] negligently or extremely carelessly, he said he didn’t go forward with charges specifically because he didn’t have criminal intent. I didn’t see any questions on that,”
Gowdy said on Fox News Thursday morning.
If so, it would appear that she felt justified, although erroneously, to include them with the bridesmaids and yoga emails and deleted them.
And in stunning late breaking news on the Friday of the last weekend before Labor Day, it has been learned that not only were Clinton’s personal emails deleted, they were running through “bleachbit” software designed to so completely degrade data, acting as a virtual shredder, as to make it irretrievable.
The questions must be asked and soon – before the election.
They must be answered by the only person who can truly answer them – Hillary.
Not Bill or Chelsea, loyal aides like Huma Abedin or Cheryl Mills, or even the State IT staff who set up the secret server – but Hillary Clinton.
She must be asked, point-blank and under oath, in full public view on C-SPAN before Congress or on a witness stand: What did you do with the emails relating to the Clinton Foundation?