Clinton’s email actions a big deal

Suppose someone in a high level office in our state government decided they did not want their official communication protected, scrutinized, or shared in public requests for information. Suppose they just set up their own email server in their home basement and operated outside the government. Do you think they would get fired? Go to jail?

Well, that’s what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did, according to a C-SPAN interview with former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Joseph diGenova. I recently viewed the program and I think that Mrs. Clinton’s dismissive attitude toward this investigation is hiding the seriousness of her actions.

Any office assistant in state government knows that emails written in the fulfillment of state government duties are public property. If Clinton did not know that what she did was prohibited by law, she had no business being the Secretary of State. The issues are: That setting up and using an unsecured server in the basement of her home for use in fulfilling her duties as Secretary of State was illegal; that she never had a “.gov” account; that her actions posed a national security threat; that her actions made it impossible to fulfill freedom of Information (FOIA) requests; that the Clinton Foundation is part of the FBI Investigation; and that it was illegal for her to delete any emails because they are public records.

Voters should take a closer look at these activities before the Democratic Caucus on March 26.

Ethel Steinmetz Marmont

Camano Island

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