By Thomas Madison
Trey Gowdy was not exactly satisfied with the answers, or rather lack thereof, that resulted from Hillary Clinton’s press conference/explanation on her exclusive use of private email to communicate official State Department business. To believe her statement that none of her unsecure communication was classified is ridiculous. Most State Department communication at that level should be classified.
Her claim that she used private email for official State Department business to avoid carrying two devices is equally ridiculous. Third-graders know that you can use a single device to check multiple email accounts, just as any computer can navigate from one email account to another with ease.
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Furthermore, it is illegal to use unsecure private email for official government business. However, and this point is important, it is not illegal, or even improper to use government email for personal communication, the point being that Hillary’s apparent goal was to completely control all of her official email so that no one else had access to it, especially the citizens of the United States, to whom that communication belongs.
Said Trey Gowdy to Greta Van Susteren on Hillary’s insistence that she alone should be the arbiter of which emails the people should see:
“Greta, she doesn’t get to make that call. We don’t get to grade our own papers in life. We don’t call fouls on ourselves in the NBA. We don’t call ‘holding’ on ourselves in football. She doesn’t get to make that call!”
If you think Hillary was squirming yesterday during her exceedingly poor performance at the UN, just wait until you see her in the witness chair being grilled by this South Carolina Pit Bull. In his 16-year career as a prosecutor Trey Gowdy lost a grand total of this many cases: None! Nada! Niente! Zero! Zilch! Zefuckinro!
“Having finally heard from Secretary Clinton about her exclusive use of personal email with which to conduct official business while serving as Secretary of State, regrettably we are left with more questions than answers. For instance, there remain serious questions about the security of the system she employed from a national security standpoint, who authorized this exclusive use of personal email despite guidance to the contrary from both her State Department and the White House, who had access to the server from the time Secretary Clinton left office until the time—almost two years later—the State Department asked for these public records back, and who culled through the records to determine which were personal and which were public.
“Without access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server, there is no way for the State Department to know it has acquired all documents that should be made public, and given State’s delay in disclosing the fact Secretary Clinton exclusively used personal email to conduct State business, there is no way to accept State’s or Secretary Clinton’s certification she has turned over all documents that rightfully belong to the American people. That is why I see no choice but for Secretary Clinton to turn her server over to a neutral, detached third-party arbiter who can determine which documents should be public and which should remain private. Secretary Clinton alone created this predicament, but she alone does not get to determine its outcome. These public records at issue are broader than Libya and broader than Benghazi. The Secretary of State has enormous responsibility and jurisdiction and the public, the media and Congress have a legal right to access these public records without impediment.
“Because Secretary Clinton has created more questions than answers, the Select Committee is left with no choice but to call her to appear at least twice. The first appearance will be to clear up her role and resolve issues surrounding her exclusive use of personal email to conduct official business. This is necessary to establish our Committee has a complete record with respect to Secretary Clinton’s time in office. Our committee will then call her to appear before the Committee in a public hearing to answer questions specifically regarding Libya and the Benghazi terrorist attacks that took the lives of our four brave fellow citizens.”
H/T Allen West