The GOP’s endless obsession with non-scandals involving Hillary Clinton have long permeated the media and now the presidential election. From Benghazi to “pay-for-play” scandals at the Clinton Foundation to private email servers, there is an unending list of scandals for Republicans and their friends at Fox News to crow about on a daily basis.
What they don’t say, what they’ll never admit, is that the “scandals” they create in attempts to prove that Hillary Clinton is “corrupt” are either overblown fake scandals, like the Benghazi attacks, or simply things that most government officials, including Republican ones, do all the time.
For instance, the private email server that Hillary Clinton used during her time as secretary of state became a way to paint Clinton in a shady, negative light. Republicans insist that she compromised national security and that she should not only have lost her job, she should be convicted of federal crimes and thrown into prison for them.
In fact, an email released yesterday by Representative Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, proves that Colin Powell gave Hillary Clinton a step-by-step guide on how to bypass security measures for communication.
‘I didn’t have a Blackberry. What I did was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line (sounds ancient). So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department servers. I even used it to do business with some foreign leaders and some of the senior folks in the Department on their personal email accounts. I did the same thing on the road in hotels.’
Powell also warned Hillary Clinton about the “danger” of using such methods, but didn’t feel those dangers included possible security hacks. Instead, according to Powell, the “danger” involved was in the emails becoming part of public record should they be discovered.
‘There is a real danger. If it is public that you have a Blackberry and it is government and you are using it, government or not, to do business, it may become an official record and subject to the law. Reading about the President’s BB rules this morning, it sounds like it won’t be as useful as it used to be. Be very careful. I got around it all by not saying much and not using systems that captured the data.’
That same president, George W. Bush, who implemented those BlackBerry rules also used a private email server during his time in office, and when questions arose during the Bush administration that required reviewing government emails, it turned out that thousands of them had been deleted.
Of course, Hillary Clinton has always been held to a different standard, at least among the GOP.
For an interview by Colin Powell with George Stephanopolous on the matter, see video below:
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