“I was surprised that he used personal email account if he is at State.”
—Hillary Clinton, responding to a 2011 e-mail sent by senior aides about a dispatch from John Godfrey, a State Department employee.
This wasn’t the most explosive of the Clinton e-mails revealed today by the court-ordered State Department release, but it’s the one that made my head explode. How long did Hillary claim that her using a private e-mail sever for official communications was “permitted,” that she did nothing wrong, that no State Department procedures or policies dictated otherwise, four years after she expressed surprise at the irregularity of Godfrey’s conduct? Hillary wasn’t just careless or clueless—she knew all along that using a personal e-mail account was wrong and risky. Why else would she be “surprised”? Who is surprised at employees doing what is allowed and appropriate?
My head didn’t explode because I was shocked that Hillary has been lying all along. I always assume she’s lying. It exploded because her brazen hypocrisy is mind-blowing. This is worse than her saying that victims of sexual abuse have a right to be believed. This is like Bill Clinton saying that the victims of sexual abuse have a right to be believed.
For those whose brains didn’t migrate to the ceiling, the headline-maker among the e-mails revealed today was the one she sent to a top aide, Jacob J. Sullivan, instructing him how to strip sensitive material of official markings and send it in a “nonsecure” way, probably to her private server. “If they can’t [send the material via secure fax], turn into nonpaper [with] no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” Clinton wrote. “Non-paper” is jargon for a discussion draft or memo that does not represent the official position of a government or negotiator. This suggests that Clinton instructed a subordinate to breach the laws that cover how classified material is handled. Recall that Hillary said that she never received any material marked classified on her server. Ahhh! Because she had staff unmark it! It all depends on what the meaning of “marked” is!
I really don’t know how supporters of Hillary Clinton can look at themselves in the mirror. I really don’t.