Yesterday, August 18, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hillary Clinton held a press conference which turned into what can only be considered a trainwreck for her campaign for President of the United States. Reporters quickly focused on Clinton’s email scandal and her defense of her actions was hard to logically interpret. Yesterday, it was revealed that 305 of her emails were being flagged for review as potentially containing classified information. Meanwhile, her poll numbers continue to fall as her main opponent for the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, Bernie Sanders, continues to gain strength. As of this morning, Clinton’s poll numbers are down to 47 percent. The Democratic Party presidential nominee will face the Libertarian Party and Republican Party presidential nominees in the 2016 presidential election.
When Clinton was Secretary of State, rather than utilize the State Department’s email server, she set up her own private email server at one of her multi-million dollar homes. After leaving the State Department and receiving political pressure to do so, Clinton sent the State Department 55,000 emails from her email server that she felt were relevant to her time as Secretary of State. She also deleted other emails and wiped the server clean. Once this was revealed to the public in March 2015, the scandal has deepened as Clinton brushes it off as political nonsense. However, now the FBI has started an investigation and seized her email server. There is a question as to where the server was physically; it was either in a bathroom closet in a Denver, Colorado condominium or her home in New York. Clinton has made it sound like she willingly turned over the server; however, after months of delay, the government finally had to get a court order to seize it. According to retired Judge Anthony Napolitano, Clinton has “broken a court order and destroyed evidence.”
During yesterday’s press conference, she said, “It has nothing to do with me and it has nothing to do with the fact that my account was personal, it’s the process by which the government, and sometimes in disagreement with the various agencies of the government, make decisions on what can and cannot be disclosed.” When asked if she wiped her email server, Clinton stumbled, “I’d…I’m…I’m…I…You know…I have no idea. That’s why we turned it over…Like with a cloth or something?” Clinton is scheduled to testify before Congress on October 22, 2015.
Ron Fournier, senior political columnist for the National Journal, said this morning that Hillary Clinton lied six times during yesterday’s press conference. They were a combination of “deceptions, deflections, or flat-out untruths. And if you say something you know is untrue, that’s a lie. I think by this time she has to for example, that it was against federal policy to have a server off the books.” He continued, “It doesn’t matter if these documents were marked classified or not. There have been people prosecuted for mishandling classified documents that were not marked classified, so she’s saying things she must know or certainly should know.”
Over this past weekend, Clinton has been joking that she has recently become a fan of Snapchat saying, “I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.” Bob Woodward, famous for breaking the story on Watergate with Carl Bernstein, said on Monday, “Sixty thousand emails and Hillary Clinton has said 30,000 of them, half, were personal and they were deleted. Who decided that? What’s on those emails? I would love to have all 60,000, read them, it would be a character study about her personal life and, also, what she did as secretary of state.” He went on to say that Clinton’s email scandal reminds him of the Nixon tapes.
On Monday, liberal political columnist for the Washington Post, Eugene Robinson, published an article titled, “Hillary Clinton is her own worst enemy.” In that article, Robinson expresses his disappointment with Clinton and her campaign for disrespecting him and her supporters. He states in his article, “Even if your name is Clinton, you have no right to unilaterally decide what is included and what is not. So I wish Hillary Clinton would be respectful enough to say, “I’m sorry. I was wrong.” I wish she wouldn’t insult our intelligence by claiming she only did what other secretaries of state had done. None of her predecessors, after all, went to the trouble and expense of a private e-mail server.” This morning, Robinson said of Clinton, “I’m special enough that I can do this. You open [yourself] to questions about laws that are on the books. If you are Secretary of State and you are doing your job, sensitive information, classified, top-secret, the whole range, is going to come to your attention. So it’s inevitable that your email server, if you have it, that information that shouldn’t transit that machine, at the very least.”