Hillary Clinton wiped her server clean of emails after a congressional committee had been established to investigate matters that she knew her e-mails related to and would be requested to investigate. She also made this decision after the Department of State belatedly asked her to return her e-mails for the public record as the law requires.
Destruction of documents after they have been requested by an official body authorized to do so is called spoliation. That’s intentional destruction of evidence to hide the truth: it can be illegal, and is always unethical. Moreover, spoliation supports the rebuttable presumption that the individual in charge is attempting to cover up wrongdoing. For an ex-government official to do this is damning; for a potential presidential candidate to do it is disqualifying…or should be, if the partisans of the party she belongs to have a shred of integrity, decency, civic responsibility or common sense.
Based on the comments on the Slate report on Clinton’s spoiliation, they may not have.
Slate isn’t the nutty leftist enclave that Salon is, but its readership is overwhelmingly Democratic, and the reaction to the story shows a group that is Machiavellian, cynical, and tolerant of lawlessness and dishonesty. They mock the idea that the intentional spoiliation matters or is worthy of criticism—“Hillary once did a load of laundry that mixed whites with colors” sneers one. They agree that the public won’t care, and that the episode will have no impact on Hillary’s election…“Yes, she shouldn’t have done it. No, it won’t have any bearing on the election.” They deride the idea that character matters in determining who will be the leader, exemplar and role model for the nation…“If the GOP tries to make this a character campaign, they’ll throw away whatever slim chance they have in ’16. You guys need to drop it and focus on issues.”
True to form and habit, the Clintonistas think character is irrelevant to leadership. Ethics too, of course.
How did such a large portion of the intelligent electorate become so warped and corrupted? These people are disgusting, and I’m very close to concluding that anyone who supports Clinton at this point is disgusting as well.