As the Clinton-Benghazi email scandal heats up again, it might be time to redirect attention to a time before Clinton. It keeps getting brushed under the carpet, but former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a private email server to conduct official business.
An aide to Powell was quoted as stating to Politico,
“He was not aware of any restrictions nor does he recall being made aware of any over the four years he served at State. He sent emails to his staff generally via their State Department email addresses. These emails should be on the State Department computers. He might have occasionally used personal email addresses, as he did when emailing to family and friends.”
Nick Merrill, commenting on behalf of Clinton, stated,
“Like Secretaries of State before her, she used her own email account when engaging with any Department officials. For government business, she emailed them on their Department accounts, with every expectation they would be retained. When the Department asked former Secretaries last year for help ensuring their emails were in fact retained, we immediately said yes.”
When the loud mouths on the right start complaining about what happened during the Clinton stint as Secretary of State, we need to make sure we mention that it had been done that way in the past. New regulations were adopted as a result of all the hoopla so that it should not occur in the future. All parties involved have admitted to the obvious, but the die-hard witch hunters seem intent on wasting more and more of our tax money to pursue every dead-end road they happen upon.
As this continues to resurface every few months I am reminded of the Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! cries of years passed. How much are the Republicans going to be allowed to spend pursuing these ludicrous witch hunts before we stand up, as the voters, and make change?
Yes, the emails may well be a problem – but it has resulted in changed policies and should not be a problem in the future. So why continue beating that dead horse? Because Clinton was riding it. . . rigghhhtt. While we’re beating that dead horse, then, let us remember that during the most recent Bush presidency, as reported in Media Matters,
“. . . the White House announced that as many as five million emails, covering a two-year span, had been lost. The emails had been run through private accounts controlled by the Republican National Committee and were only supposed to be used for dealing with non-administration political campaign work to avoid violating ethics laws. Yet congressional investigators already had evidence private emails had been used for government business, including to discuss the firing of one of the U.S. attorneys. The RNC accounts were used by 22 White House staffers, including then-Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, who reportedly used his RNC email for 95 percent of his communications.” (Emphasis added)
So, in typical fashion, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander. It was absolutely fine for Bush and his administration to use private emails, but Clinton must be run through the gamut of investigations in a futile attempt to get her to admit she did something wrong. It’s time to stop the nonsense.