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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:

@Popehat
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, @09:03PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 30 2015, @09:03PM (#164478) Journal

    Well, what does "democrat" really mean anymore? Both parties are on the take. People who think electing one over the other makes a categorical difference aren't paying attention at all. "Regulatory capture" is only one term for the reality that is the futility of elections in today's America.

    The two-party system has failed to deliver the systemic flexibility and adaptability the Founding Fathers hoped for. The checks & balances they built in have failed to prevent systemic subversion. The only remedy that remains is the right to keep & bear arms. I'm generally not a gun-toting sort, but if hundreds of millions of average Americans have and can aim firearms, even single-shot hunting rifles, it gives the Masters of the Universe pause. That's a good thing.

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    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @01:20AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @01:20AM (#164587)

    Well, what does "democrat" really mean anymore?

    The definition in practice is "Anyone who doesn't watch Fox News and/or doesn't argue in favor of/agree with the GOP and their talking points". Seriously, have you seen around this site even? Simply disagree with people like The Mighty Buzzard and you'll be called "Liberal" and "Democrat" (yet he claims he's not a conservative lol). Factually, the Democrat party is everyone who isn't part of the GOP.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @04:00PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 31 2015, @04:00PM (#164858)

      I think a more accurate statement is that GOP members classify anyone who doesn't agree with their current Republican flavour of crazy as a communist libtard, no matter how those others actually identify themselves.