Distract, Distract, Distract

Here’s Politico’s Matthew Miller and his hot take on Hillary Clinton’s email woes:

Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account for official State Department business was a mistake, but the revelation that Clinton’s emails contain upwards of 305 messages with potentially “classified” information is far less scandalous than the headlines make it appear. The most troubling part of this story involves the rules governing official secrets, not Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State.

As a former Department of Justice official who regularly dealt with classified information, I am glad a team of officials from the FBI, the intelligence community and other agencies is not currently reviewing every email I sent and received while I worked in government. If they did, they would likely find arguably classified information that was transmitted over unclassified networks—and the same thing is undoubtedly true for other senior officials at the White House, the State Department and other top national security agencies.


Well, no.

It is true that our classification rules stink. It’s also true that simply too many things become classified, and un-subject to public debate. It also seems unlikely that Clinton was, say, passing around nuclear launch codes or Pentagon timetables for an invasion of Belgium through her unsecured server.

But that’s all smoke and mirrors to distract from the real issue.

Hillary Clinton kept a private and unsecure email server for purposes of evading the Freedom of Information Act and other public queries. When challenged, she has lied about every single issue regarding her server. She deleted tens of thousands of emails in violation of the law and of the public trust.

Even if our classification rules were clear and sensible, even if Clinton had never once held classified data on her private server, Hillary has proven through her bad judgement and her serial dishonesty that she is unfit to serve as President of the United States.


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