No One More Surprised Than Hillary Clinton At Her Ability To Handle The Inconvenience Of Using More Than One Device At A Time
[guest post by Dana]
Remember when Hillary Clinton claimed that it was for reasons of “convenience” that she exclusively used personal email on a single device while at State and we all laughed?
Yes, well about that:
Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
While limited, the emails offer one of the first looks into Clinton’s correspondence while secretary of state. The messages came from and were sent to her private email address, hosted on a server at her property in Chappaqua, New York, as opposed to a government-run email account.
They show that Clinton, on at least one occasion, accidentally mingled personal and work matters. In reply to a message sent in September 2011 by adviser Huma Abedin to Clinton’s personal email account, which contained an AP story about a drone strike in Pakistan, Clinton mistakenly replied with questions that appear to be about decorations.
“I like the idea of these,” she wrote to Abedin. “How high are they? What would the bench be made of? And I’d prefer two shelves or attractive boxes/baskets/ conmtainers (sic) on one. What do you think?”
Abedin replied, “Did u mean to send to me?” To which Clinton wrote, “No-sorry! Also, pls let me know if you got a reply from my ipad. I’m not sure replies go thru.”
The other emails between Clinton and her advisers provided by the State Department contained a summary of a 2011 meeting between Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and senior Egyptian officials in Cairo. It was uncensored and did not appear to contain sensitive information. That email was forwarded to Clinton’s private account from Abedin’s government email address.
Clinton’s spokesman acknowledged her use of an Ipad:
“She used her Ipad from time to time, but mostly just to read news clippings“.
(So both President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton learned of major events by reading the news!)
Further, today the House Committee on Benghazi officially summoned Clinton to testify before the committee no later than May 1:
“We continue to believe Secretary Clinton’s email arrangement with herself is highly unusual, if not unprecedented,” Gowdy wrote. “The decision to delete these records during the pendency of a congressional investigation only exacerbates our need to better understand what the Secretary did, when she did it, and why she did it. While she has cited a variety of justifications for this arrangement, many questions and details about the arrangement remain unanswered. These questions relate to:
1. her decision to bypass official government email account;
2. whether she affirmatively turned over any relevant records during the pendency of the
Accountability Review Board investigation or at any time after Congress first began
investigating the Benghazi attack until December 2014;
3. her decision to retain those records upon separation from the Dept. of State;
4. the methodology by which those emails were subsequently searched for evidence of
official records; and
5. her decision to delete certain emails.