The Obama administration never questioned former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s exclusive use of private email in correspondence between the White House and the State Department.
Clinton undoubtedly corresponded with the White House through email during her four-year tenure as Secretary of State, yet no one cared she used a private email account that was not only dangerous to national security but was also likely used to skirt the Federal Records Act.
When a reporter grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday over this glaring fact, he passed the buck to the State Dept.
“Well, again, for the specific protocols that are in place at the State Dept., you should check with the experts at the State Dept.,” he said in an attempt to protect President Obama from the fallout. “These are their rules for them to manage.”
“The president, what he insists that all the agencies do is live up to the obligations that they have under the Federal Records Act.”
But if Obama was actually insisting his cabinet members follow the law, Clinton’s use of private email for official State Dept. business would have been questioned at least once in four years.
This open lawlessness is the very essence of the Obama administration.
“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” Jason R. Baron, a former director at the National Archives and Records Administration, told the New York Times. “I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business.”