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“Mrs. Clinton, did you have your data wiped?” “What, like with a cloth or something? I don’t know how it works at all”

Yeah, I just watched this on Morning Joe. She didn’t handle it that great . . . But jeez this is such a stupid scandal. It almost makes me wish that there was a real scandal so that every Republican on TV didn’t have to be quite so monumentally idiotic all the time. The server wasn’t against the law, although it was against best practices. Nothing that was classified _when it was sent_ went through the server, AFAIK. So what the f is the actual scandal? It appears that the Republicans think that it’s basically the Hillary Clinton got emails, ever.

“In retrospect, what was meant to be convenient has turned out to be anything but convenient,” she said.

“Look, my personal e-mails are my personal business. Right?” she told reporters, when asked if the e-mails were wiped from the server. “So we went through a painstaking process and through 55,000 pages we thought could be worth relating. Under the law, that decision is made by the official. I was the official. I made those decisions.”

I thought she handled it pretty well.  At least she seemed confident (which is 90% of it these days).  Focusing on the labeling/classification is a red herring.  No one is going to label something as classified that they send.  It would be like admitting your are breaking the rules.

The real question is if she knowingly E-mailed or received E-mails with information from classified sources or information she ought to have not was so sensitive that it should be classified.  Also, did she do this on a regular basis. I’m going to wait for the FBI report on this which shouldn’t take that long.

Making an assumption here.  That all the E-mails in question are the ones she released.  Other people may have sent or received E-mails not part of her official disclosure. Why would you say “probably no”.  Why would you expect a person who sent all E-mails with her personal account, suddenly being a good and concerned bureaucrat when it came to sensitive information.  It is possible but I would think Occam’s Razor would be someone complete disregarding one rule would be likely to disregard another.

Also, listen to her defense she is saying the issue would be the same whether not it was her personal account or the departmental E-mail account.  That is 100% true.  You can’t send classified information on either account.  There are special terminals and processes for this.  So why is making that argument if not for the fact that she knows classified info (or info that should have been classified) was sent/received.  She already preparing for her next defense (or at least it seems like that to me).

Could be wrong but her next argument could be that Department determines the classification (which is also true) and that as Head of the Department she makes that determination (true also).  But, she does not have the authority to declassify (I don’t think) so she would still be in hot water if she sent/received was already classified info (info from a classified document/source).