Tags: Hillary Clinton | State Department | emails | Federal Records Act

MSNBC: Email Tactic at State Dept Feeds Narrative of Secretive Hillary

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 09:30 AM

Revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored federal guidelines and did not have a government email account during her four years in the position and instead used only a personal email address and did not preserve those emails on department servers as required by the Federal Records Act has political observers in both parties shaking their heads.

On MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Tuesday, co-host Mika Brzezinski, a Democrat who is the daughter of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Director Zbigniew Brzezinski, expressed outrage at the news.

"How does she serve as secretary of state for all those years and nobody notices that her emails are not coming from a government address?" she asked. "HRC@hotmail.com? What is going on?"

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Host Joe Scarborough called it "shocking" and "unbelievable" and said Clinton "knows no boundaries."

"You release absolutely everything," said Scarborough, a former Florida Republican congressman. "Every single email, she made the choice."

Clinton's apparent brazen violation of the Federal Records Act is "staggering," he added, "and this is what happens every time she starts to run.

"It brings up memories of eight years that people look back and have glossed over a lot of things, but every day in Washington, D.C., when the Clintons were there, there was another example of how they just didn't play by the same rules as everybody else in Washington, D.C. And they lawyered themselves up."

The New York Times' Michael Schmidt told MSNBC that, according to regulations, emails are supposed to be retained in real-time on government servers to ensure they are all captured.

Schmidt said Clinton's argument that a lot of the emails were sent to the State Department, so they were being caught, is hollow.

"What they didn't address was emails that she may have sent to other government departments, the White House, foreign leaders, friends, other Americans," Schmidt said.

"Those people didn't have State Department email accounts and the emails were not being caught in the State Department's web because they were elsewhere, so it doesn't really answer the question."

The issue now muddies the water for Clinton, should she decide to run for president, as expected, and casts aspersions on the Obama White House, Huffington Post reporter Sam Stein told Brzezinski and Scarborough.

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"If you violate this act it doesn't matter what party you're from, you're not being transparent," he said. "The problem for both the Obama White House here is that it claimed to be the most transparent in the history of all presidencies, and that's problematic in that run, and for Hillary Clinton it sort of feeds the narrative.

"So whereas Mitt Romney's refusal, for instance, to release his tax records fit the narrative that he was wealthy and hiding his money, with Hillary Clinton the use of a private email account feeds the narrative that she is secret and political."

According to the Times, "Federal law mandates that all forms of communication, ranging from hand-written letters to emails, sent and received by government officials, are government property and must be archived for the official record."

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Revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ignored federal guidelines and did not have a government email account during her four years in the position and instead used only a personal email address has political observers in both parties shaking their heads.
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