Does anyone remember when it emerged that EPA administrator Lisa Jackson had sent 12,000 work emails under the alias, “Richard Windsor” (a pseudonym combining her dog’s name and hometown)? That’s a no-no, as it helps the sender to circumvent any pesky Freedom of Information Act requests that might arise. Of course, you can’t help it if your hard drive crashes and there are no backups, right, Lois Lerner?
Imagine if allegations of an even more serious violation of email protocol emerged regarding a certain former secretary of state. Don’t bother imagining; according to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton served her entire four years in the State Department without ever having a government email account. Official records? What records?
A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”
Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them.
The news even managed to elicit an “uh oh” from lapdog Andrea Mitchell, who called Clinton’s email arrangement “unorthodox.”
Rules? Where Hillary’s going, she doesn’t need rules.
What difference, at this point, does it make?
Expect much more to emerge in the media as this story develops — such as the GOP witch hunt targeting a new grandmother.