The presumed frontrunner for the Democratic Party presidential nomination next year now finds herself having to answer a serious question about ethical conduct.
Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton break government rules when she used her private email account to conduct affairs of the state?
She’s not the first public official to do something such as this. But her exclusive use of her private email account makes this matter unusual and worth scrutiny.
As the New York Times has reported: “Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.”
Further, the Times reported: “‘It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,’ said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.”
I do not recall a “nuclear winter” occurring, which makes this situation quite disturbing.
How much information that should have been available for public inspection was kept in the dark?
Let’s hear it, Mme. Secretary.