"It turned out to be a mistake because look at all the oxygen it was sucking out of my campaign. But it didn't end it," the former secretary of state said in the Hulu documentary about the criticism she received over her emails. "It didn't end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended."Allow me to retort.
In a country where the rule of law is applied equitably, Hillary Clinton would have gone to prison for that email server. Her work emails are considered part of the public historical record. Like letters, memos, and speeches, email is part of the way people communicate and the law is clear. The Federal Records Act clearly states this and also makes it a crime to remove or delete official emails which she clearly did when she had the data destroyed before turning over the server. It's not just me, here's NBC News in 2016.
Additionally, as Sec. of State, her email would have held real time actionable intelligence. Names of people involved in activity overseas, mission approvals, diplomatic decisions. The breach of security that her actions created is hard to overstate. It is likely that everything that went in and out of that server was being read by foreign agents. Information security is the highest priority and entire careers are dedicated to trying keep servers and communication from being compromised. The New York Times reported in 2016 that her server had been compromised by both Chinese and Russian governments and possibly others, allowing them to read her communications in real time.Two information technology officials who support the secretary raised concerns about Clinton’s use of personal email in late 2010 and raised the issue with their boss, the audit says.The director of the unit that supported the secretary’s information technology “instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”
She used this email server when she traveled overseas. Unless it was encrypted from the device, every character send would have been read, making both the current communication and access to the server extremely easy to achieve. Hillary refused to use the secure device the NSA tried to give her and continued to use her personal Blackberry, so security weaknesses are obvious.
And to wrap this up, even though the politically motivated decision not to charge her was made by the FBI, three of the technicians involved in the setup and management of Hillary Clinton's email server either refused to testify or invoked their 5th Amendment rights to every question they were asked before Congress.
“You’re an IT guy who’s paid by the Clintons. Who told you to delete the emails?”“On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer and exert my Fifth Amendment right,”
--Paul Combetta, Platte River Networks