Hillary Rodham Clinton revealed Tuesday that she deleted more than 30,000 “personal” e-mails from her tenure as secretary of state — and won’t allow access to the private computer server she used to send them.
“The server will remain private,” she declared — claiming the off-limits e-mails were about “yoga routines, family vacations” and other matters that had nothing to do with government.
Clinton broke her silence on the proliferating e-mail controversy at the United Nations Tuesday, after previously weighing in only with a late-night tweet.
Facing a throng of reporters in an event dubbed an unofficial kickoff for her presidential campaign, Clinton said she regretted her decision to use private e-mails for official business, which she described as all about personal “convenience” and not about secrecy control, as critics charge.
“Looking back, it would’ve been better for me to use two separate phones and two e-mail accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler and obviously it hasn’t worked out that way,” she acknowledged.
But in a revelation likely to keep the scandal rolling, Clinton said she has deleted over 30,000 e-mails she deemed to have been “personal.”
“At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal e-mails — e-mails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations — the other things you typically find in inboxes.”
“There is no way to accept State’s or Secretary Clinton’s certification she has turned over all documents that rightfully belong to the American people,” said Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who is leading a special House investigation into the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
“Secretary Clinton alone created this predicament, but she alone does not get to determine its outcome.”
Here’s Gowdy appearing on Fox Tuesaday night:
Naturally, the New York Post is having fun with Mrs. Clinton’s quagmire:
Makes us nostaligic for William Safire, who authored this epic piece over 19 years ago now.
Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.
Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.
1. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading? We now know that was a lie told to turn aside accusations that as the Governor’s wife she profited corruptly, her account being run by a lawyer for state poultry interests through a disreputable broker.
She lied for good reason: To admit otherwise would be to confess taking, and paying taxes on, what some think amounted to a $100,000 bribe.
2. The abuse of Presidential power known as Travelgate elicited another series of lies. She induced a White House lawyer to assert flatly to investigators that Mrs. Clinton did not order the firing of White House travel aides, who were then harassed by the F.B.I. and Justice Department to justify patronage replacement by Mrs. Clinton’s cronies.
Now we know, from a memo long concealed from investigators, that there would be “hell to pay” if the furious First Lady’s desires were scorned. The career of the lawyer who transmitted Hillary’s lie to authorities is now in jeopardy. Again, she lied with good reason: to avoid being identified as a vindictive political power player who used the F.B.I. to ruin the lives of people standing in the way of juicy patronage.
The more things change the more they stay the same.