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posted by martyb on Monday March 30 2015, @09:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the of-course-there-are-no-backups dept.

Anyone who follows American politics will have heard of Hillary Clinton's email server. Rather than using an official State Department address, she chose to use a private server for her official email. Federal law requires all official email to be archived on government servers. Armchair lawyers have pointed out that it doesn't require the use of government servers to send and receive the email, but the archival requirement is clear. This requirement was clearly violated in this case: in response to a subpoena, Hillary Clinton's private staff extracted emails from her private server and turned them over to the government. The contents of the server itself were never made available to the government, and now she has had the server erased:

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

As Popehat tweeted:

I ask you, who among us hasn't wiped a server clean after its contents were requested by subpoena?

I naively wonder why she isn't in jail, but that's just me. Comments and views from those interested in American politics?

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  • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 30 2015, @02:58PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 30 2015, @02:58PM (#164279) Journal

    It's important to understand who the Clintons' constituency is: Baby-Boomer women, wealthy, predominantly Jewish, from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They comprise the core of the reliable donors to the Clintons, both during Bill's presidency and afterward to his Foundation (which only the Clintons could so mis-label, since it makes no grants and only solicits donations). That is the same core 300 people who are courted by every Democratic candidate in America, be they from New York or Oklahoma. They all hop on the plane to kneel before the women of the Upper West Side.

    That's why it's very rare to get policy variation from Democrats around the country. They all have to kow-tow to the same people to fund their campaigns.

    It should also be noted that the Upper West Side of Manhattan is where a great many of the people from the media elite of NYC and America live. They do cross paths with the Dem party mavens. It is not a coincidence. They all do know each other, belong to the same clubs, travel in the same circles, and collude. Boy, do they collude. If there is any rivalry at all in American politics, it is not between Republicans and Democrats, or left-wing and right-wing people, but between the Upper West Side and the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

    There. I've said it, and now you all know it.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Monday March 30 2015, @06:52PM

    by captain normal (2205) on Monday March 30 2015, @06:52PM (#164422)

    Sounds like a Bravo network show: "The Real Housewives of Upper West Side of Manhattan".

    Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts"- --Daniel Patrick Moynihan--
    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 30 2015, @08:43PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 30 2015, @08:43PM (#164465) Journal

      You could, though they don't advertise it. They are characters, and you could produce an entertaining series without excessive producer manipulation like the usual.

      Washington DC delenda est.
  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @01:08AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @01:08AM (#164583)

    Hello. I find your ideas interesting and would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

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