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Ex-AG Alberto Gonzales: Hillary's Email Server Cannot 'Remain Private'

By    |   Friday, 13 March 2015 03:01 PM

Hillary Clinton should consent to an audit of the private email server that she used as secretary of state, says former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

It's not enough to take Clinton's word that the device was secure against hackers, and that every government-owned piece of correspondence stored on it was saved and turned over, Gonzales told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"It's probably very hard to sustain the position that you're not going to allow either the Congress or an independent auditor, or some independent person or group of some type, to examine her server, because there were government records that were stored there," said Gonzalez, dean of Belmont University College of Law in Nashville.

"She now says that all the government records that were there had been turned over, but we don't know that," he said.

Gonzales referenced his own time at the Justice Department.

"When I was the attorney general, and subject to investigations, and Congress wanted to look at some of my emails, I didn't make the decision about which emails to release: An independent person in the Department of Justice made that decision."

"And so the notion that she, alone, gets to make that call is a position that I don't believe is sustainable," said Gonzales. "At some point, there will need to be some kind of access to that server to see whether or not there were any government emails still remaining — to try to determine what was deleted."

Clinton, who waited more than a week to take questions about the controversy, has defended the legality and security of using personal email to conduct the government's business.
But Gonzales said, "What's out there today is very troubling.

"It's very hard to believe that she was advised to do this by a lawyer," he said. "Maybe she got bad advice, or she ignored some good advice not to do it because it does raise some very troubling questions."

Gonzales also said he was "disappointed" that Clinton justified the arrangement as "a matter of convenience."

"There's so much about public service that is inconvenient," he said. "It's inconvenient to give up your privacy, and to have to go up to the Hill and testify in an oversight hearing."

Gonzales said that top officials also get help minimizing the inconveniences: "All cabinet secretaries have someone that travels with them carrying their bag, carrying their breath mints, carrying gifts and carrying a portable phone."

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