Earlier today, word came on the wind from Washington that Madame Secretary, Hillary Clinton, would be speaking at the United Nations on some women’s rights anniversary, and afterwards would give a statement and take a FEW questions from the media.
Being the dutiful work from home blogger…. Â This writer traipsed down to the big flat screen where her leisure art work center is, picked up the in-progress lilac baby beanie, and started to crochet. Â Ten rows of hat, two cups of tea, and about forty five minutes later the “dowager queen” as some one of Gretchen Carlson’s parade of guests who were filling the time called her, approached the podium and told us that:
- She complied with the law at the time.
- She chose at the time of her enthronement, uh, installation, to use a personal email because she didn’t want to have to carry two devices. Â It was for convenience. Â In retrospect, it was probably not a good idea. Â (Nah. Â You don’t say.)
- When she communicated with State Department personnel, she always sent her messages to their state.gov accounts.
- She turned over 50,000 pages of email (on paper, not a keyword searchable form) to the State Department. Â From where I was sitting the numbers she presented conflicted as she said there were 60,000 originally and she deleted about 30,000 or roughly half due to them being personal in nature. Â She specifically mentioned Chelsea’s wedding and her mother’s funeral as potential subjects. Â I know there is such a thing as new math, but half of 60,000 emails is not 50,000.
- The personal server in question was set up for President Clinton, despite the fact that he claims not to use email, and is guarded by the Secret Service. Â Furthermore, it has never been hacked. Â (A prominent hacker got into it last week.Â But there’s nothing to see here. Â Please, move along.)
Her comments were followed by questions from the media. Â She did indicate that someone was directing traffic choosing whose question would be entertained, and the questions asked were awfully well composed for supposedly being off the cuff. Â Hillary’s answers were quite practiced, as if she knew they were coming. Â In addition, the only voice that was recognizable among the members of the media was Andrea Mitchell of NBC news who asked a complex one that Hillary didn’t actually answer. Â Watch:
Talented, isn’t she. Â [Yes, this is sarcasm.]
So, as has been the case all along, there are more questions than answers. And given Trey Gowdy’s claim that there are huge voids in the email record, and that no inspector general was overseeing any of the activities at the State Department at the time, we may never see the complete set of email correspondence compiled during Hillary Clinton’s time as Madame Secretary. Â After all, at this point, we only have her word for it that this was the way it happened.