It is inconceivable that Obama’s politicized Justice Department will indict Hillary Clinton for violating any laws with regard to her handling of her private email server. (Yeah—they’ll hand down an indictment the same day as the indictment of Lois Lerner.) But that doesn’t mean the investigation and revelations won’t damage her presidential campaign, perhaps fatally. Security laws are for little people anyway, like David Petraeus.
ABC News reports this morning:
The last batch of Hillary Clinton emails released by the State Department included one from Clinton asking to borrow a book called Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better, by David Shipley and Will Schwalbe.
Clinton has not said why she requested the book, but it includes some advice that is particularly interesting in light of the controversy over her unconventional email arrangement at the State Department and her decision to delete tens of thousands of emails she deemed to be purely personal.
The copy that ABC downloaded for $9.99 had some interesting revelations.
Take, for example, Chapter Six: “The Email That Can Land You In Jail.” The chapter includes a section entitled “How to Delete Something So It Stays Deleted.”
“Some people are hoarders, some are checkers,” the authors write. “The main thing to consider is that once you do decide to delete, it’s like taking the garbage from your kitchen and putting it in your hallway. It’s still there.”
The chapter advised that to truly delete emails may require a special rewriting program “to make sure that it’s not just elsewhere on the drive but has in fact been written over sixteen or twenty times and rendered undefinable.”
I think the larger problem with the emails lies elsewhere than criminal negligence. Consider what was the main talking point about Hillary’s tenure when she left the State Department: she flew five million miles! And accomplished . . . what? That whole “reset” button fiasco with Russia? The terrifically successful Libyan intervention? A climate treaty?
Becoming the world’s most prominent frequent flyer is ironic confession that you didn’t do bupkis. The real problem with the Hillary emails is that they are likely to reveal Hillary’s mediocre mind on foreign policy. This will be a bigger embarrassment than not following proper security procedures. No wonder she wanted to delete them.