While speaking at the annual Wing Dinner in Clear Lake, Iowa, on Friday, former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hinted at what she once called a “vast right-wing conspiracy” over scandals involving Benghazi and her private email server. According to the New York Times, Clinton poked fun at herself over the email issue by talking about a Snapchat account.
“You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account,” she said. “I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” But her speech took a much more serious turn as Clinton adopted a more ominous and visibly angry tone.
Clinton called investigations into the Benghazi terror attack and the private email server she used for official State Department business, “the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before.” Clinton also told the 2,100 Democrats present that, “I’ve just provided my server to the Justice Department.” But, she added angrily, “I won’t get down in the mud with” Republicans or “play politics with national security.”
For a some, her performance was simply another variation on an old theme, namely, that investigations into scandals involving her or her associates are nothing more than part of a right-wing conspiracy intended to tear her down. It’s a tactic she’s used to wiggle out of scandals in the past, but this time may be a bit different.
The server she handed over, according to the Washington Post, was one that was removed from her home in Chappaqua and maintained at a third-party data center by Platte River Networks. According to the Post, that server “was blank,” and no longer contained useful data.
Barbara J. Wells, a Denver lawyer who represents Platte River Networks, said the information “had been migrated over to a different server” to facilitate transition to a newer system. “To my knowledge the data on the old server is not available now on any servers or devices in Platte River Network’s control,” she added.
The company is not under investigation, but is cooperating with the FBI, Wells said. But, as the saying goes, the plot thickened Friday with a report that Platte River Networks is not one of the 13,000 IT companies cleared to handle classified materials.
“Platte River is not cleared” for access to classified material, said Cindy McGovern, chief public affairs officer for the Defense Security Service. The Daily Caller said the company has not responded to requests for comment. As the commercials like to say, there’s more.
Citing a report at McClatchy, the Washington Examiner said Friday that “officials were aware that Clinton’s server contained classified materials as far back as May of last year.” Moreover, Examiner’s Kelly Cohen said, two of those “top secret” emails included “discussion of an article about a U.S. drone operation.” Those emails were apparently discovered on a thumb drive held by Clinton lawyer David Kendall and it appears the information came from the CIA.
Now, Clinton wants supporters to believe there’s no “there” there, and any discussion about her email is nothing more than partisan politics. Video of her comments can be seen above.