Hillary Clinton

Read a Classified Email Hillary Clinton Sent From Her Personal Server…in 2013!

The former secretary of state's loose email habits continued long after she left office. Does that matter?

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To be honest, Hillary Clinton's email scandal is nowhere as sexy or lurid as, say, Bill Clinton's "bimbo eruptions" (the term was coined by one of his handlers) or Anthony Weiner's sad, sad Twitter compulsion.

But the email scandal does threaten Mrs. Clinton's run for the presidency and, probably more importantly, the odds that she'll be effective when (yes, when) she is elected president. She may have skated on any sort of criminal or super-cereal charges from the Department of Justice (DOJ), but even she admits that it was poor judgment to route all her correspondence through a personal server while in the Obama administration. Worse still, supposedly deleted emails keep showing up, including ones on such hot-button issues as Benghazi. This is one of the reasons that even as he recommended that the DOJ shouldn't pursue serious charges against her, FBI Director James Comey said what she did was pretty goddamn sketchy (and that he reserved the right to bust lesser mortals who did exactly the same thing she did).

It gets worse: The New York Post is reporting that Clinton used her personal server to send classified material in 2013, "months after stepping down as secretary of state."

The email, which was obtained by the Republican National Committee through a Freedom of Information Act request, was heavily redacted upon its release by the State Department because it contains classified information.

The markings on the email state it will be declassified on May 28, 2033, and that information in the note is being redacted because it contains "information regarding foreign governors" and because it contains "Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources."

The email from Clinton was sent from the email account — hrod17@clintonemail.com — associated with her private email server.

I've uploaded an image of the email elsewhere on this post. And yes, I've sent an email to the address above, asking if it was still in use and whether I could get something classified as a keepsake.

More from the Post here.

The reality of the personal email server strikes me as one of those things that would flip very few people from pro-Clinton to anti-Clinton in and of itself. Yes, it was stupid, ill-conceived, and poorly executed (which makes it a synecdoche for U.S. foreign policy over the past 15 years, doesn't it?). But Candidate Clinton's growing exasperation with having to either apologize for it or defend it is certainly taking a toll. While she maintains a slight lead over Donald Trump in national polls, there are signs that both major-party candidates are losing support, mostly because voters find them pretty detestable and untrustworthy for different reasons. Trump pretty clearly has no set of core beliefs or policy prescriptions (see: Immigration). Between unseemly activities at the Clinton Family Foundation and a growing set of misstatements about her email server and the material that passed through it, Clinton isn't winning over any new voters.

The result is a hollowing-out of trust and confidence in the two leading candidates for president and in the parties they represent. Whether third-party candidates such as Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Jill Stein (Green) take advantage of this is an interesting question, but one that is besides the point in many ways. #NeverTrump conservatives are already asking how they can put the Republican Party back together after Donald Trump. Whether she wins or not in November—and the smart money is on her to win—the Democratic Party would do well to start asking a similar question. Fewer and fewer people identify with either major party and fewer and fewer trust either major party. That's not something that will disappear just because Clinton ends up inheriting the office once used by her husband.

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  1. She may have skated on any sort of criminal or super-cereal charges from the Department of Justice (DOJ), but even she admits that it was poor judgment

    If by poor judgment she means “illegal” then we’re back in agreement.

  2. but one that is besides the point

    Grammar Nazis, what say you?

    1. It’s beside. Welch must be rolling over in his editorial grave.

      1. And Tim Cavanaugh probably hanged himself.

        1. And Tim Cavanaugh probably hanged himself.

          …due to a totally unrelated matter.

          1. Grammar, midgets, cocaine, blood rituals… it’s all the same.

        2. And “she who shall not be talked about” is probably alternating between maniacal laughter and relentless stabbing a Nick Gillespie voodoo doll.

  3. Eh. We all make a mistake or two. For some of us that involves having a trusted adviser who is married to someone who is very proud of their penis. Like that’s a bad thing. Let’s move on. I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the alt right at all, but boy are those guys scary.

    1. Getting a lot of email from that address are you? You wouldn’t be of Russian descent, would you?

      1. Haven’t been around much, have you?

        Everyone here knows Hugh is the biggest leftist since Lenin. He’s flagging her email as spam because she’s way too right-wing for his taste.

        1. Getting a lot of email from that address are you? You wouldn’t be of Russian descent, would you?

          Haven’t been around much, have you?

          Asking questions, are you?

  4. Uh oh I think I just read the email….

    1. 1. AddictionMyth says
      MAY 24, 2015 AT 11:51 AM
      @JamesHanley: Ah, you’re still young, lol. Well my mistake for giving practical advice to an expert on “Social Justice Policy”. I am in addition to ‘foolish’ admittedly: Ignorant, insane, in denial, lying, crazy and stupid. Which before you remind me again of my character defects (which will surely kill me, don’t you worry), please take a moment to reread the opening of my original comment and reconsider the wisdom of a continued discussion.

      AM speaks truth about self for once…

  5. hrod17@clintonemail.com

    H Rod?! That’s almost as bad as “K-Log.”

    I’ve sent an email to the address above, asking if it was still in use and whether I could get something classified as a keepsake.

    We should all do that. For the lulz. Also, I’m thinking about signing up for all sorts of mailing lists using that email address.

    1. “Also, I’m thinking about signing up for all sorts of mailing lists using that email address.”

      Brilliant

      1. I’m sure plenty of people are already way ahead on this…

    2. Just don’t plan on flying anywhere for a few years…

      1. Also, don’t plan on…living

    3. hrod17,

      Pst. I have a proposal.

      Rufus

      ****

      Rufus, go on…

    4. And 17 as in president in 17?

  6. But the email scandal does threaten Mrs. Clinton’s run for the presidency and, probably more importantly, the odds that she’ll be effective when (yes, when) she is elected president.

    [sigh]…. Nick is right. But on the plus side, it will be very entertaining. Not as entertaining as a Trump presidency, though. What I will find entertaining is that this evil cunt will not even try to hide her selling access for $$$, looting, and embezzling. Who is going to stop her? The thing formally know as the Republican Party is just a bunch of pussy cucks that will make a lot of noise…. as long as it doesn’t interfere with their reelection campaigns.

    1. It won’t be entertaining when she croaks 18 months in and her legacy gets a bigger boost than that of JFK.

    2. Hell, its going to be a blast when all laws and regulations are optional and whether or not you had intent to commit a crime gets you out of being charged.

      Wait, what, those rules won’t apply to everyone?

  7. the odds that she’ll be effective when (yes, when) she is elected president.

    Eh. Still too early to say. Its still August, the national polls are tightening. The electoral college math looks bad, true, but its still August, and between Hillary’s manifest weaknesses and problems as a campaigner, and Trump’s, well, Trumposity, and the general instability of the world and national scene right now, I’m not saying Herself has a lock on it yet.

    *whistles jauntily past graveyard*

    1. The electoral college math looks bad

      It’s because all of them will go to either a crook or a joke.

      1. More like going to either crooked joker.

        1. Yeah, I’m not sure, either.

  8. ACLU sues Alabama county

    …wait for the punch-line…

    …for allegedly discriminating *against* a Christian and *in favor* of Muslims.

    1. Man bites dog!

  9. she’ll be effective when (yes, when) she is elected president.

    Nice one Nick, plant the Libertarian secret kiss of political death on her.

    I am pretty sure that statement alone will cost her 3 to 6 percent in the polls.

    1. Brilliant!

    2. “she’ll be effective when (yes, when) she is elected president.”

      I’m sure she will, peddling influence at knock-down rates while slick Willie pulls his Tom Bodett act with the Lincoln bedroom.

    3. Nick is hoping that once she guts the Citizens United decision, she won’t march in an shut down reason for being a corporation campaigning too close to the election.

      Oh you say Reason is a news organization? Isn’t that cute you think that will save you.

  10. She’s a sleazy piece of crap and thinks she’s above the law. I’m on my third Heineken though and don’t give a shit right now.

    1. “She’s a sleazy piece of crap and thinks she’s above the law”

      She doesn’t think she is above the law.

      1. Evita is always above the law….

        1. Is the law. L’etat c’est moi.

          Which is why Hillary always has that strident bitchy attitude – it chaps her ass no end that she has to get up there and campaign to show she’s worthy of being our leader when if there were any justice in this world it would be us who had to get up there and campaign to prove that we’re worthy of being led by her. She knows beyond a shadow of a doubt she knows what’s best for everybody and if you try arguing the point you simply have to be stupid or crazy or a liar, there’s no other explanation. It’s as plain as the nose on your face Hillary is the most qualified person ever to have run for President and it boggles her mind that somehow there seem to be so many people who deny the self-evident truth that Hillary Clinton is always right because Hillary Clinton is never wrong.

          1. That is pretty much the heart of the liberal narrative; their position is morally right and therefore beyond any possible argument; if you disagree you are a degenerate. No discussion required, thank you.

  11. it was stupid, ill-conceived, and poorly executed

    ‘poorly executed’?

    If only she’d done a *better job* evading FOIA requests, Federal oversight?

    I’m not sure what “better execution” would have looked like. Less-“National-Security-secrets being stored in homebrew server in someone’s bathroom“…. more, “Secret Underground Lair w/ Supercomputers & Private Goon Army?”

    That criticism reminds me of the “two old jewish ladies in the catskills resort”-joke:

    “Isn’t the food here terrible?!”
    “God yes! and such small portions.”

    1. “Did I tell you about my hip?”

      “Yes, 15 minutes ago.”

      “Well it’s worse now.”

      1. FIRST WOMAN: [sighs]

        SECOND WOMAN: [sighs]

        THIRD WOMAN: “I thought we weren’t going to talk about our children.”

  12. “…the office once used by her husband.”

    Used.

    Well, there is a mouth full.

    1. From what’s been said not so much.

      1. Think cocktail wiener.

      2. Think cocktail wiener.

        1. Or squirrel penis.

          1. Monkey dicks.

      3. You know what, just put a trigger warning over the entire Reason Web site.

        1. So,where’s the safe place?

          1. *pats his lap*

            Right here. Right. Here.

          2. A ringed planet, but not Saturn.

  13. I’ll just leave this here…

    Police shoot Vietnam vet in the face and chest AFTER he dropped his gun in confrontation with police over his dog being loose:

    http://www.kctv5.com/story/328…..nt-too-far

    1. Listen, it’s quite simple. Don’t want to get shot in the head like a thug? Don’t let your small dog run loose like a thug.

    2. SPLIT SECONDS! SPLIT SECONDS!

      WAR ON COPS.

      How do bad ass conservatives and soccer moms spin this one? Cop shoots Vietnam vet! Who to choose?

    3. Since neither the race (there is no such thing!) of the vet nor that of the cop are being reported I will assume this just another case white on white violence.

  14. The biggest scandal in all of this is that Clinton let sixteen other people register the hrod address on her own private server before she got around to trying to grab it!

      1. Year of her inauguration, duh.

    1. Those were probably hers also, she keeps forgetting her password.

      1. I like to imagine that Hillary Clinton writes down all her passwords on a piece of paper next to her computer and every time her exasperated manservants shred the security risk she has to make a new account.

  15. Fewer and fewer people identify with either major party and fewer and fewer trust either major party.

    None of which matters a jot, because they’re still going to take turns getting elected because none of these votes who don’t identify with either major party would DARE waste their vote on a candidate who wasn’t from a major party. And once elected they get all the power, perqs, and money regardless of whether anyone “trusts” them.

    1. Plus the politicians have the consolation that the voters think they’re crooks anyway, so they may as well grab what they can, it’s not as if they’re going to disappoint the people.

  16. RE: Read a Classified Email Hillary Clinton Sent From Her Personal Server…in 2013!
    The former secretary of state’s loose email habits continued long after she left office. Does that matter?

    To answer the query, “Does that matter,” of course not. She will be the new Director of the Politburo come January 20017, and will continue to be a sterling example of wisdom, honesty and incorruptibility as she did since her Watergate days. One not worry about Madam Director engaging in lying, cronyism or misinformation. Actually, we all look forward to the day she will lead us kicking and screaming into the nirvana called socialist totalitarianism and liberate us all from the iron shackles of capitalism, freedom and financial stability. I will predict she will make our beloved socialist slave state great again by raising taxes, confiscating all our firearms and spying on all the doubters and counter-revolutionaries that infect our country. Indeed, these wise policies will only take a few months at the most as we continue down the golden path of socialist slavery and oppression. Who doesn’t look forward to that?

    1. Any other person with top secret clearance sending a classified e-mail after their employment in top secret position would be in jail for even touching a classified e-mail.

      1. That’s one reason I get nervous reading stories like this with images. I’m still technically bound not to visit WikiLeaks because of the “lifelong obligation” that they tend to take pretty seriously when you’re not a member of the ruling class.

    2. Stalin’s playbook have you?

  17. I’m ready for the most transparent administration since Nixon.

    1. “I’ve always tried to be transparent. Always. Always.”

    2. The Invisible Man was so transparent he could sneak up on you when you weren’t expecting him.

  18. Photo taken by a guy named Gage Skidmore.

    How does that happen?

  19. Perhaps I am confused here, why was is an ex-official being sent classified information period? If she was no longer in a position to have need to know (which is most definitely a real thing) why was she being asked to comment on classified material?

    1. Duh, because she might be President soon enough, and you want to get in good with a potential President.

    2. Exactly. There is absolutely zero reason for her to have been sent this even if it were couriered to here in a properly sealed envelope. It should certainly never been out in the wild on an unclassified network, nevermind the open internet.

  20. “I’ve always tried to comply with security laws as much as I could. Always. Always.”

  21. It sure does look to me as if that e-mail would not be classified when she sent by her lights. She saw an article in the NYT that reminded her of that time in Abu Dhabi when ……. (they were dropping off a big bag of cash for Osama bin Laden? they were meeting with the lizard people who were still holding Elvis hostage? they were so messed up on the crack rock they sold the Chinese the nuclear codes for a nickel bag?) and then she mentioned something that was classified information – which means Hillary still was not aware that when you write shit down about classified information, the shit you just wrote down is then automatically classified. You can’t get around the classification protocol just by writing the classified information on a different piece of paper. It’s the information itself that’s classified, not the document.

    1. Smartest woman in the world.

      Wait til the Assange bomb drops.

      1. Most. Qualified. Candidate. Ever.

  22. “Trump pretty clearly has no set of core beliefs or policy prescriptions ”

    Hahaha! As if this matters. Did W have principles? Slick Willie? Obama? Does Hildog? (Other than getting elected) Obviously not. They are all playing a Survivor type popularity game.

    And Nick is clueless about Trump. He identifies a policy direction – tougher immigration – and then negotiates with the press/voters/competitors by staking out an initial extreme position, and then working his way towards a ‘deal.’ He doesn’t have any definite goal in mind – just make it better. Same with trade, immigration, defense, taxes, whatever.

    And Nick missed that the LA Times has Trump 45 Hildog 41. My expectation is that the final margin will be 6-9 points in Trumps favor, and close but clear e college victory.

  23. I think it has been pointed out many times before here but I think team Hillary wants nothing more than media focus on her email server which the general public doesn’t understand and therefore doesn’t give a shit about. What they dont want is anyone taking about the Clinton Foundation which is pure corruption on par with Tammany Hall. The Clintons are crooks. The server is just a smokescreen.

    1. It’s a true disgrace that she’s using a scandal to cover up yet another scandal.

      1. Or is it genius?

  24. misstatements

    Ok, Nick.

  25. And yes, I’ve sent an email to the address above, asking if it was still in use and whether I could get something classified as a keepsake.

    I like that, Nick. You should bring the investigative journalist side of you to forefront more often. No snark.

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      The gamblers aren’t right 100% of the time.

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  33. “…a growing set of misstatements about her email server and the material that passed through it…” Uh – why is Gillespie parsing words like Hillary Clinton does? Hillary has been coughing up LIES – not “misstatements”.

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