The unusual circumstances surrounding Hillary Clinton‘s private Internet server and the disappearance of thousands of official emails and documents only serve to point to a pattern of behavior that precludes any possibility of trust. The Clinton’s have been down this road before under highly unusual circumstances.
In the current document flap, Clinton was asked by U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy — who chairs the House Committee that is investigating Clinton — to provide tens of thousands of emails from her personal server.
Clinton used the server to conduct official government business, bypassing the official government server at the State Department. Officials are required by federal law to turn over to the U.S. government all official documents and emails. Clinton admitted to having such documents on her private server while Secretary of State but claimed she had turned them all in when she left office.
It turns out that Hillary had not turned over all of the pertinent emails, leading Gowdy to request that the rest of the emails be provided to his committee as part of the investigation.
Some time later Clinton informed Gowdy that she had scrubbed the server free of all documents, emails and all. Gowdy responded by noting that such actions could be felonies. It is a major mistake for anyone in government to underestimate Gowdy.
Not only did he begin his law career as a Department of Justice attorney, but he later became a longtime state’s attorney in his district in South Carolina, to which he was repeatedly reelected. Gowdy gained a reputation of being a no-nonsense prosecutor who tenaciously went after criminals with little or no trepidation.
Perhaps it will turn out that the biggest mistake Hillary makes with regard to the investigation into her Benghazi fiasco is attempting to take on Gowdy. Time will tell. But one thing Gowdy has on his side going forward is the fact that the Clintons have been down this road before, culminating in missing official documents and charges leveled against a top aide.
In 2005, for example, longtime Clinton associate and National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was charged with taking Clinton administration documents out of the National Archives.
But these were not merely official documents. They were top classified documents that by law were to stay housed at the National Archives.
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