It seems that the more serious the scandal grows around her email practices when she was secretary of state, the more Hillary Clinton tries to shrug off the controversy with lame quips and feeble jokes. The darker the storm becomes over her faltering presidential campaign, the more the Democrat front-runner tries to make light of it.
Yesterday, during a Las Vegas press availability, Clinton got into a protracted exchange with Fox News reporter Ed Henry. Clinton tried to dismiss Henry’s persistent questioning about whether her email server now in the possession of FBI investigators had been professionally cleaned of its contents before the Bureau took charge of it.
While acknowledging that she was the “official in charge” of deciding which emails on her private server would be deleted and which would be made available for review and potential release to the public, Clinton professed not to know “how it works digitally at all.” When the Fox News reporter kept after her, inquiring whether the server had been “wiped,” the former first lady shot back:
What, like with a cloth or something?
One reason for Clinton’s awkward attempt at humor in trying to avoid answering that direct question about her email server being cleaned of its contents could be that the act of willfully destroying emails that might be considered government property has the potential to land her in real legal trouble. Experts on the law as well as government rules and regulations have suggested that the purposeful destruction of “evidence” subpoenaed by Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi Committee could present serious legal jeopardy for the former top diplomat.
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In that Las Vegas press conference, Clinton also tried to shift the argument over her use of an unsecured personal server instead of a protected government system when she was Barack Obama’s secretary of state. She told reporters:
If I had used a government account and I had said, “You know, let’s release everything, let’s let everybody in America see what I did for four years,” we would have the same arguments.
That defense, however, might appear to many critics to be weak. There would, in all likelihood, not be the “same arguments” over whether classified, even top-secret, information was improperly transmitted and stored on a personal email server outside of government supervision and control.
As Western Journalism reported on Tuesday, one newspaper account claims that Clinton’s server was kept in a bathroom closet of a loft apartment rented by a small IT firm in Denver.
And to make matters worse for the presidential hopeful whose media time is largely spent answering questions or making jokes about Emailgate, Fox News has just published an exclusive report on the bombshell contents of the digital messages that launched the FBI’s probe of the candidate’s email practices.
An email from a top Clinton adviser containing classified military intelligence information, and one from a top aide containing classified information about the Benghazi terror attack, were the documents that kick-started the FBI investigation into the mishandling of classified information, Fox News has learned.
FBI sources have indicated that their computer experts may be able to recover contents of Hillary Clinton’s email server that was said to have been wiped clean before federal investigators got hold of it.
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By clicking on the video above, you can watch the exchange between Hillary and Ed Henry that led to the candidate’s lame attempt at humor.
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