Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton Only Had a Personal E-Mail Account While She Was Secretary of State; Broke the Law But What Difference Does it Make?

Breaking the law doesn't come with the same consequences for government officials as it does for the rest of us.



An explosive report from The New York Times reveals that while she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton did not have a government e-mail address. Instead she used her own private e-mail address and her staffers made no effort at the time to retain those e-mails on government servers, a violation of federal law.

The Times reports:

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton's advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department.

What difference, at this point, does it make, most transparent administration in history and all that.

Clinton is not the only government official to use her personal email for official business—Lois Lerner was found to have done the same as questions arose over what kind of inappropriate communications the former IRS bureaucrat was engaged in. Using personal email for government business, while it may be against the law, is relatively popular among government officials who don't fear repercussions from breaking government laws.

Related: The State Department is now walking back a claim that it OK'd foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State.