The bad news just keeps coming for Clinton.com. The FBI announced that it is likely that some or all of the 30,000 emails on the server from Platte River Network's bathroom server might be salvagable (never mind that Platte River might have a back up sitting in the medicine cabinet or something).
Platte River Networks is just the kind of young entrepreneurial company you would expect Clinton.com to favor; no particular expertise in handling sensitive secrets, but ties to major democrats. However, examination of the server by the FBI might show what sort of security it had, and perhaps even whether the server was penetrated by foreign intelligence (which I think we can presume).
Ms. Clinton, for her part, gave what may be the worst possible press conference regarding the server in which she would not come out and admit to having ordered the server be wiped, and then, cutely, trying to pretend she didn't know what that meant:
She also brags about turning over the server as a measure of transparency, even though for the last six months Hillary had adamantly refused to do so. Finally, when asked whether she had wiped the server, Hillary insults everyone’s intelligence by feigning ignorance in replying, “Like with a cloth or something?” Her attorney, David Kendall, had admitted back in March that the server had been wiped while in Hillary’s possession, but the FBI may have discovered that the wiping had been handled just as well as the security on the e-mail system all along.Doesn't this just remind you of the good old days when they argued that oral sex wasn't sex, and it all depended on the meaning of the word "is"?
For her part, Hillary maintained the FBI investigation was a partisan witch hunt and "nothing to worry about" to Spanish TV Telemundo. If only. . .It would be the most symbolically Hillary Clinton thing in the world to *attempt* to destroy incriminating data, yet be incompetent about it— Jeff B@AoSHQDD (@EsotericCD) August 18, 2015
And when, as a liberal, you've lose Eugene Robinson:
It’s about basic respect -- for us and for the truth.You don't wipe servers over Chelsea's wedding arrangements, or secret yoga moves. You wipe servers over deeper, darker secrets.
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.
I wish she would explain why, after turning over to the State Department the e-mails she deemed work-related, she had the server professionally wiped clean. The explanation that she didn’t want people prying into private matters such as "planning for [daughter] Chelsea's wedding . . . as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes" is unconvincing. Does she have some secret yoga move she doesn't want the world to know about?
At Reason, they're beginning to wonder if Hillary is Too Important to Make an Example Of?
With the possibility that Clinton wasn't handling her information properly, some are wondering if she'll be treated by the Obama administration and the Department of Justice like other people they've targeted. Fox News spoke with John Kiriakou, the ex-CIA agent who served two years in prison essentially for the crime of revealing that the United States was, in fact, waterboarding and torturing Al Qaeda prisoners (technically he was convicted of revealing CIA undercover identities as part of providing this information). He sees a likely double-standard coming into play for Clinton.I wonder what the statute of limitations are on these crimes?
"The FBI is going to investigate [Hillary Clinton], but it is not up to them," he told FoxNews.com.
"If they [the FBI] want to charge Hillary Clinton with a crime, they can certainly find a crime with which to charge her," he added. "But there is no way the Obama administration is going to prosecute her. No way."