You’re aware of how Hillary evaded the required record-keeping and compromised national security by maintaining her private email server for State Department business. The Washington Post, not exactly a bulwark of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™, awarded Hillary’s defenders with three Pinocchios in their analysis, “The misleading Democratic spin on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails”.
But there’s one nasty detail that isn’t widely appreciated, and it exemplifies Hillary’s duplicity. When pressed for the missing documents, she took the email archives that any normal person would have delivered on a portable USB drive and instead printed out 50,000 (some reports say 55,000) pages of paper.
Handing over boxes of paper serves no purpose other than to render the text relatively inaccessible and worthless, unless the receiver makes a colossal effort to convert the paper back to its electronic form.
From the New York Times (another Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy™ non-member), “Hillary Clinton Asks State Department to Vet Emails for Release”. The article begins with some background.
As State Department lawyers sifted last summer through a new batch of documents related to the Benghazi attacks, they repeatedly saw something that caught their attention: emails sent to and from a personal account for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The lawyers, according to current and former State Department officials, were working to respond to a request from a specially appointed House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Libya. But they noticed that among the 15,000 documents they examined, there were no emails to or from an official departmental account for Mrs. Clinton.
…but here’s the meat:
In October, the State Department sent a letter to Mrs. Clinton and all former secretaries of state back to Madeleine K. Albright, seeking emails and other documents in their possession that related to their government work.
Finally, in December, dozens of boxes filled with 50,000 pages of printed emails from Mrs. Clinton’s personal account were delivered to the State Department. Those documents were then examined by department lawyers, who found roughly 900 pages pertaining to the Benghazi attacks.
It’s a typical sleazy lawyer trick, to bury the other guy in paperwork. But the whole sordid mess flew under the radar until one of the good guys was affected…
Three weeks ago, the State Department handed over the Benghazi emails to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is led by Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina.
And Hillary’s antics finally got some attention. Rep. Gowdy noted that, 55,000 pages notwithstanding, there were still “huge gaps” in the record (all they have is what Hillary gave them; there’s no way to check how incomplete this record is).
I’m flashing to those various news reports one hears now and again about someone who pays their tax bill in pennies. For example…
Whatever prompted Julann Roe to pay her property tax bill in $1 bills and pennies — whether a political protest or a statement about taxes in general — wasn’t made clear Monday morning.
The 52-year-old simply strode into the Dade City tax office and plopped two duffel bags packed with cash onto the counter. She pulled more cash from a handbag and declared, “I want to pay my tax bill.”
With that, five county staffers spent the next hour counting money — $11,075.44. That’s after a discount for paying ahead of the March 31 deadline.
This is what you do for only two reasons, and that’s to thwart the other guy and make life miserable for him. Except a better analogy for what Hillary did would be to pay a million-dollar invoice in one-dollar bills delivered in a huge barrel, and and then require the receiver to manually sort the bills in order of descending serial numbers. And some of the bills may be missing, and there’s no way to know it.
Is there any possible excuse for how Hillary has handled this? I’d love to hear it.