Initially, the burning issue on these private emails was if this was a matter of public record or private correspondence. This issue came forth after Clinton staff members submitted only 55,000 pages of these emails to be made public. This was just a small number of the total emails sent out using the then Secretary of State?s private email account. Being a public officer at the time, are the emails public documents or private records?
Now Congress is weighing in on the issue, as rumors of a possible connection between these emails and that of the Russia?s successful hack attack on the White House database systems. The private emails have started to take a life of their own, especially since Mrs. Clinton is one of the favorites in the upcoming Democratic presidential nomination.
A recent review conducted by J. Michael Waller, a recognized expert in counter espionage activities in the US government and currently an investigative reporter with the American Media Institute. He said, ?It was the Russians. It was not only through that State Department system. All the intelligence authorities that I interviewed say that the Russians, the Chinese and the Iranians almost certainly got all of Hillary Clinton?s emails through her private server. While she destroyed the contents for Congress to look at, the Russians, the Iranians and the Chinese still have them.?
She also, through the actions of her staff, violated several rules of the US government. Amongst them a National Archives and Records Administration rule stating, ?Agencies that allow employees to send and receive official electronic mail messages using a system not operated by the agency must ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency recordkeeping system.?
What resounds is the audacity of the former top US diplomat to openly flout the rules, such as maintaining a private server without the proper clearance as well as security, and then removing its contents without much of an explanation, is seen as an act to avoid accountability. This makes the act a clear violation of the law, to which Hillary Rodham Clinton must respond to now that it has come to light.
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