As we learn more, Hil­lary’s email saga is far from over

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OPINION -

There were no block­buster mo­ments, but Don­ald Trump was in­ad­e­quately pre­pared for the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate. It didn’t mat­ter. Although pre­pared, as a politi­cian, Hil­lary Clin­ton isn’t very skill­ful or ap­peal­ing, and she can’t es­cape years of se­rial pre­var­i­ca­tions, aka ly­ing.

New sta­tis­tics have emerged that can­not com­fort Hil­lary Clin­ton’s 25-year-and-run­ning pres­i­den­tial cam­paign or re­as­sure her sup­port­ers:

A re­cent NBC News/Wall Street Jour­nal Poll re­vealed that 64 per­cent of vot­ers re­main crit­i­cal of “Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server dur­ing her time as sec­re­tary of state.” An IBD/TIPP Poll found that 63 per­cent of Amer­i­cans want a spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor to in­ves­ti­gate Clin­ton Foun­da­tion ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties and Hil­lary’s email scan­dal. In fact, con­firm­ing the FBI’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion as a sham, new ev­i­dence of Hil­lary’s email malfea­sance has re­fu­eled pub­lic in­ter­est.

Amer­ica just learned that, in July 2014, Clin­ton’s out­side tech spe­cial­ist, care­lessly hid­ing be­hind a trace­able alias, en­tered an on­line “Red­dit” fo­rum seek­ing ad­vice on delet­ing email ad­dresses from the files of a “very VIP” client. Even al­ter­ing archived gov­ern­ment records is against the law.

Her techie’s ac­tions mir­ror Clin­ton’s per­sis­tent ef­forts to con­ceal her crim­i­nal mis­use of pri­vate email servers while in of­fice. Both na­tional se­cu­rity and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts have con­cluded that Hil­lary’s email prac­tices com­pro­mised Amer­i­can se­crets to Chi­nese, Rus­sian and, likely, other for­eign in­ter­ests -and the al­legedly-crim­i­nal at­tempts by Hil­lary and oth­ers to cover up her il­licit home-brewed servers couldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out her knowl­edge and ap­proval.

Re­cently, ad­di­tional, older in­for­ma­tion was re­leased as well. Af­ter the State De­part­ment in­formed Clin­ton that the House Beng­hazi Com­mit­tee had sub­poe­naed copies of her emails, Clin­ton’s dig­i­tal archives were deleted us­ing a high-tech scrub­ber called “BleachBit,” a clear vi­o­la­tion of law.

Nonethe­less, in­ves­ti­ga­tors found 180 emails clas­si­fied as “se­cret” or “con­fi­den­tial.” And last week, State an­nounced that the FBI re­cov­ered about 2800 work-re­lated emails Hil­lary never re­leased to ei­ther de­part­ment.

Hil­lary has pleaded ig­no­rance, but the record shows that the State De­part­ment ex­plic­itly di­rected her not to use pri­vate servers.

Iron­i­cally, Hil­lary even emailed State De­part­ment un­der­lings in­struct­ing them not to con­duct State busi­ness “from per­sonal email ac­counts due to in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity con­cerns.”

Hil­lary-lovers dis­miss hard ev­i­dence as tech­ni­cal mum­bo­jumbo no one, in­clud­ing Hil­lary, can un­der­stand. They don’t care. Or, at least some of them don’t. Re­mem­ber: Na­tion­wide, “64 per­cent of vot­ers re­main crit­i­cal of ‘Clin­ton’s use of a pri­vate email server...’”

In 2015, 29 per­cent of Amer­i­cans iden­ti­fied as Democrats (26 per­cent as Repub­li­cans), The 64 per­cent who “re­main crit­i­cal” out­num­ber self-iden­ti­fied Democrats and Repub­li­cans com­bined. Ex­pressed dif­fer­ently, even if ev­ery reg­is­tered Demo­crat ex­cused Hil­lary’s email abuses, she’s still in trou­ble, be­cause av­er­age vot­ers do care.

In fact, polling re­veals lots of “car­ing” among vot­ers on the cen­ter and cen­ter-left who dis­like un­fair dou­ble stan­dards, value the rule of law, think laws should be im­par­tially ad­min­is­tered — and they re­mem­ber Hil­lary’s lies.

If elected, Hil­lary couldn’t gov­ern ef­fec­tively, be­cause only the most gullible among us would be­lieve a sin­gle syl­la­ble she ut­ters.

The saga isn’t over. Jerry Shenk is a Le­banon County-based colum­nist whose work is fea­tured at www. pa­town­hall.com. You can email him at jshenk2010@gmail.com

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