The NY Times follows up with more homework for the Team Hillarity! spinners:
Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests
WASHINGTON — In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.
But it turns out that that was not everything.
The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday.
Yeah, yeah. I sorta think everybody was doing it, right-wing haters gonna hate, Mitt Romney put a dog on the roof of his car, and free contraception! But I am sure Team Hillarity! can do better.
The straws in the wind are in Times columnist Frank Bruni's column and the reader comments. The column:
Hillary’s Messy Habits
Hillary and Bill Clinton have one home in Washington, D.C., another in Chappaqua, N.Y., and a whole wide world that opens its arms and wallets to them.
But their permanent address is on the fault line where defiance meets self-destruction.
Does she have a political death wish?
Until a month ago, one of the arguments I frequently heard in favor of her presumed candidacy for the presidency was that she’d been vetted like nobody’s ever been vetted, with no surprises left. All the skeletons had been tugged from the Clintons’ labyrinthine closets. All the mud had been dug up and flung.
But that assessment shortchanged the couple’s ability to make new messes. It ignored the “Groundhog Day” in which they star.
Hmm, criticism of the next history-making President! And in the comments, most of the earnestly progressive readership seems to be eager for Anybody But Hillary.
OTOH, the Times editors cull the readers responses for their own picks, and have (so far) highlighted exactly one:
John Kerry is the first SOS to exclusively use a government email for his role as SOS. Every preceding holder of that office has used personal email. The fact that she never used a government email to my mind actually gives her less ability to hide anything, as she could never pretend that all her communication was through the department. This is a storm in a teacup, but will be inflated by the usual crowd to make it appear important.
The editors, at least, are Keeping Hope Alive! I find that interesting because, as I harp on repeatedly, the editors endorsed Hillary over Barack in 2008, annoying the youngsters in the newsroom who wanted to get on the right side of history with Barack. I am supremely confident that if the cool kids in the Times newsroom revolt in 2016 in favor of, ohh, Elizabeth Warren, the editors will be the last to know.
And do let me add that the plot may continue to thicken. This is from Gawker:
Source: Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept.
Hillary Clinton is defending her use of a private email address, hosted at ClintonEmail.com, to conduct official State Department business by claiming that her emails were captured by official @state.gov accounts that other agency employees were instructed to use to contact her. But according to a knowledgeable source, at least two other top Clinton aides also used private email accounts to conduct government business—placing their official communications outside the scope of federal record-keeping regulations.
“Her top staffers used those Clinton email addresses” at the agency, said the source, who has worked with Clinton in the past. The source named two staffers in particular, Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, who are said to have used private email addresses in the course of their agency duties. Reines served as deputy assistant secretary of state, and Abedin as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Both rank among Clinton’s most loyal confidantes, in and out of the State Department.
We were able to independently verify that Abedin used a ClintonEmail.com address at some point in time. There are several email addresses associated with Abedin’s name in records maintained by Lexis-Nexis; one of them is email@example.com. An email sent to that address today went through without bouncing.