Appearing on Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Hillary Clinton addressed the investigation of her emails, once again admitting that not using two separate accounts for work and personal business (e.g., top secret North Korean satellite data and her yoga routines) was a mistake, and saying she was “sorry for all the confusion.” Just days earlier, she fed Andrea Mitchell a similar non-apology: “I am sorry that this has been confusing to people.”
Fortunately, then, Vox is here to voxsplain Hillary’s so-called email scandal. Author Jonathan Allen presents a nice timeline of events dating back to 2009, but much of the piece is dedicated to “Hillary being Hillary,” like it or not:
She plays aggressively when rules and risks get in the way of her larger goals; she’d prefer to ask for forgiveness than permission; she looks at the world more like a lawyer than a politician; and, after years of fending off investigations, she’s pretty damn secretive.
Fox News’ Griff Jenkins reported that it was Platte River Networks that handed over the email server at the FBI’s request, absent any involvement by Hillary Clinton or her staff.
Though the timeline is helpful, the overall thesis is this: “The most important thing to understand about the Clinton email controversy is that it shouldn’t — and probably won’t — force you to radically revise your own opinion of Clinton or whether she should be president.” Why shouldn’t the fact that “Clinton was conducting official business on a secret account” make true believers have second thoughts about their candidate’s fitness to lead the country?