Yes, they are important. Here’s why.
Hillary Clinton’s secret personal email system continued last week to prompt heavy news coverage but with scant scrutiny of the most sinister implications for the public. There are frightening national security intrigues and political backstabbing.
Today, we begin a three-part series examining three such issues that are almost entirely overlooked, except occasionally in the alternative media that includes the Justice Integrity Project.
Some names like Benghazi, David Petraeus (shown below), and the Clinton Foundation are familiar to the public even if the hidden angles are not. Other topics have not yet reached their deserved prominence.
- Arms Smuggling: The Obama-Clinton-Petraeus ‘Iran-Contra’ Scandal: Part I here
- Disloyalty by Gen. David Petraeus? A Plot To Flip the 2012 Election (Part II in the series here)
- Conflict of Interest In Clinton Foundation/Hillary Clinton 2016 Funding
Before examining those findings, first let’s summarize recent general developments that have been covered.
Clinton’s attorney David Kendall told the House Select Committee on Benghazi March 27 that Clinton’s server for the personal email account she used as secretary of state no longer contains any emails. The New York Times reported the story here.
Clinton had devised a private email system to communicate with government and personal contacts in apparent violation of federal policy that officials must use government systems for work-related emails.
Clinton has said her emails to fellow government employees have always been available via their “.gov” addresses for appropriate purposes. Furthermore, she said her staff has examined all of her messages, and delivered to authorities the 55,000 relevant to government work before deleting the rest. At a press conference at the United Nation’s headquarters in New York City this month to defuse the issue, she said, as reported by the Huffington Post, ‘I Thought It Would Be Easier’ To Use One Email Address.”
Critics have charged that her process was legally improper, violated Obama’s promise of transparency, and probably hid embarrassing information, including regarding fund-raising from foreign sources representing an at least implied conflict with her government duties. Republicans such as Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC), chair of the House Benghazi committee, have been in the forefront of demanding records and accusing her of scandal.
Her critics claim she used her personal system to hide:
1) State Department’s laxity in the 2012 deaths of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three support personnel in Benghazi;
2) Steps she and her team have taken to leverage her State Department post into support for the Clinton Foundation and her prospective 2016 presidential run; and
3) Suppression of other emails that might prove embarrassing to her or former President Bill Clinton.