‘Damn e-mails’ return to center stage


Back in the old days, when Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton actually were treating each other nicely, Sanders offered this often-quoted quip: “I am tired of hearing about your damn e-mails.”

I’ve got bad news for you, Sen. Sanders. We’re going to hear about those “damn e-mails” for a while longer.

The State Department’s inspector general has issued a report that says then-Secretary of State Clinton flouted department policy in her use of a personal e-mail server when communicating about State Department issues.

Does this doom Clinton’s assured nomination as the next Democratic Party presidential nominee? No. It’s going to damage her. Why? Republicans will make sure of it.


I am not giving this report the short shrift. I get the concern about policy violations. What’s unclear to me, though, is whether any of the information Clinton passed on her personal server ever was captured by our nation’s enemies? Did any of them ever use that information to harm our national security?

What’s more, as Clinton has said in pushing back, other secretaries of state have used personal e-mail accounts. Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, Madeleine Albright? They did, too.

Did they ever compromise national security? I haven’t heard evidence of it regarding those officials, either.


I was troubled when word came out about the use of personal e-mail servers to convey public information. My major concern then was whether information actually compromised our national security. All the congressional inquiries and probes haven’t yet made that determination.

However, that won’t stop the chatter and the intense criticism. It goes with the political territory.

Bernie Sanders’ wish won’t come true any time soon.


3 thoughts on “‘Damn e-mails’ return to center stage”

  1. Even the Democratic Hillary flacks at Politico say it’s not honest to claim other SecStates did it, too.
    “This is a misleading claim chiefly because only one prior secretary of state regularly used email, Colin Powell. Powell did use a personal email address for government business, however he did not use a private server kept at his home, as Clinton did.” – MOSTLY FALSE
    What is clear is that Hillary took extraordinary steps to avoid having her e-mails be included in public record. Because of this she improperly/illegally sent and received thousands of classified (dozens of those rated top secret) over an out-of-network, improperly secured server she set up. And now, one of the world’s most infamous hackers said he hacked her server and that it was easy to gain access. And, it’s clear that Hillary lied about her server and what was on it numerous times.
    You said Trump needs to release his tax returns because it reflects his character – and there’s been no allegations he did anything wrong. I’m wondering what is going on in your mind that this doesn’t paint some sort of picture on Hillary’s character worthy of discussion this election cycle.



  2. Here’s a reply to your question regarding whether any information was captured by my ur enemies and used against us. It doesn’t matter. At least it doesn’t in a similar case of a Naval officer found in possession of classified information.
    “No public suggestion has been made that he ever planned to disclose the photos to anyone outside the Navy.
    “The sailor now faces a maximum possible sentence of up to ten years in prison, but faced up to 30 years if found guilty on both charges.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/kristian-saucier-investigation-hillary-clinton-223646#ixzz49xywlHNj
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