Woodward compares Clinton emails to Nixon tapes
The investigation into Democratic Primary front-runner Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has entered its serious phase as she has turned the server over to the FBI. Congress is currently deciding on whether or not they will indict.
As Secretary of State, Clinton used the private email server to conduct government business. Her email server contained 60,000 emails of which 30,000 she deleted because they were “personal correspondence” mainly detailing her daughter Chelsea’s wedding plans and emails between her and Bill.
Questions have arisen as to whether or not those deleted emails contained sensitive information that could cause her to be indicted. She’s not alone, during the Bush Administration, former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a private email server and the Bush Administration also deleted well over 22 million emails.
While Republicans are infuriated and Democrats are shrugging it off, long-time journalist and editor of the Washington Post Bob Woodward is taking the issue of using a private email server seriously.
You’ve got a massive amount of data. It, in a way, reminds me of the Nixon tapes: thousands of hours of secretly recorded conversations that Nixon thought were exclusively his. Hillary Clinton initially took that position, I’m not turning this over, there’s going to be no cooperation. Now they’re cooperating.
Woodward also noted that while Clinton may not be indicted for criminal charges the very nature of the deleted emails themselves would paint a portrait of who Clinton is as a person.
I would love to have all 60,000 [of those emails]. Read them. It would be a character study about her personal life and also what she did as Secretary of State. Let’s step back for a moment, the big question is about Hillary Clinton is, ‘Who is she?’ Is she this hidden person or this valiant public servant?
The contents of the deleted emails could be a disaster for the Democrats’ campaign to the White House regardless if there was any wrongdoing.
This has to go on a long, long time, and the answers are probably not going to be pretty.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee last Thursday brushed off assertions that Clinton is guilty of any wrongdoing at this point.
Sen. Feinstein said:
The questions are whether she received emails with classified information in them, and if so, whether information in those emails should have been classified in the first place.
Those questions have yet to be answered. However, it is clear that Secretary Clinton did not write emails containing classified information.
The whole thing reeks of something Republicans cooked up in the Benghazi days in an effort to topple their most serious opponent in the 2016 Presidential election, but it’s also not an issue Democrats should take lightly, because the seriousness of any security breach could cause the candidate to lose the election.
Feinstein also hinted that the Senate Intelligence Committee is also conducting a “broader review of the email practices of the past five Secretaries of State and their senior staff.”
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