THIS IS LOOKING LIKE MORE THAN JUST A “SPEED BUMP …”
Clinton is suddenly facing a firestorm of criticizing for conducting public business on a private email account … well, multiple accounts, if U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy is to be believed. And the email scandal – which is churning hot and heavy among “Republican” types – is being buttressed by a crony capitalist scandal that’s eroding Clinton’s support from the left.
(Including in early-voting states like South Carolina).
Clinton’s private account was housed on a server located insider her $1.7 million Chappaqua home – and registered to an individual who, as of this writing, has yet to be identified as a living, breathing human being.
Whether this individual – the mysterious Eric Hoteham – is found to exist or not, Clinton is in real trouble. And that’s before we get to anything of national significance that may have been discussed, negotiated or decided via her “off the books” email account.
How come? Well, according to a 2009 regulation from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), officials using personal accounts are required to preserve a record of any public business done on those accounts.
“This rule is clear,” the liberal website Mother Jones noted. “If Clinton used personal email to conduct official business – which apparently did not violate any federal rules at the time – all of those emails had to be collected and preserved within the State Department’s record-keeping system.”
They weren’t …
Not only that, Clinton’s “off the books” email account appears to have been used extensively to circumvent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests – including those which explicitly requested records of public business done on private email accounts (as any good FOIA writer knows to include in their template).
“Republicans” see the scandal as a way to reignite their investigation over a 2012 terrorist attack against an American diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya. Meanwhile Democrats view it as a way to drive home the narrative that Clinton is a bought-and-paid-for tool of Wall Street.
Either way, it’s bad news for the party’s “nominee-in-waiting …”