Giving her first press conference in over two years, Hillary Clinton faced the cameras yesterday, denying any illegality in her actions concerning use of a private, unsecured email account for business purposes.
Journalists are hungry for the truth, as is America, following Mrs Clinton’s refusal to hand over the server employed while using the email address firstname.lastname@example.org, the Daily Mail reports. Originally run out of the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua, New York, this was the sole email address Clinton used while in the Obama administration. The Republicans are calling for a thorough investigation into the matter, fearing a breach of security, and no doubt in an effort to mar favor for Hillary in the run up to announcing her run for the 2017 presidency next month.
— POLITICO (@politico) March 12, 2015
Clinton claims she has been completely transparent. As the Washington Post reports, given that Hillary has already deleted 31,000 emails from the server, many take her declaration as an extended “Trust me” plea. Despite announcing her wish for all emails to be publicly released, a State Department official has informed the press that the review of the 55,000 pages of correspondence could take several months before doing so.
“I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
Dan Epstein, Executive Director of the conservative watchdog group, Cause of Action, remains adamant that a “full investigation” be carried out.
“It belies the spirit of openness and transparency in government. It keeps the public in the dark, and it raises serious national security concerns.”
#Hillary Clinton isn’t smart enough to manage two cell phones and she thinks we should let her run the country? pic.twitter.com/jPGNL17dPu
— Politics and Humor (@PoliticalLaughs) March 12, 2015
As the Inquisitr reported, even Sarah Palin is calling for the server to be handed over, citing her own ordeal when she ran for Vice President in 2008. Hillary Clinton claims complete lawfulness of her actions and states the reason for employing a single, unsecured personal email as being because she didn’t want the hassle of two phones. This has sparked widespread mockery, not least of all from David Letterman.
More inflammatory critics of Hillary Clinton have dubbed her the “Wicked Witch of Washington”, as well as “Grandma Obamacare.” Given that Mrs. Clinton has not yet formally announced her intention to run, as MSNBC reports, the issue of the email account “starts to resemble a partisan witch hunt“. Indeed, Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee chairman fears a sentiment of “overstepping” come from current calls for legal pressure.
“I think this is a lot of hot noise about nothing.”
— Daniel John Sobieski (@gerfingerpoken) March 7, 2015
With Republican state parties having raised $350 million in the last four years, as the New York Times reports, in comparison with $215 million by the Democratic state parties, the current email scandal is certainly easily interpreted as a ploy to lessen support for Hillary. Mrs Clinton is pretty much the Democratic party’s sole hope for winning next year’s election, as Sarah Kovner, a leading Democratic donor and fundraiser in New York confirmed.
“There is no one else – she’s the whole plan. She is by far the most experienced and qualified person we could possibly nominate.”
The scandal over the server continues.
[Image courtesy of Win McNamee/Getty Images]