Hillary just can't stand public scrutiny, or so it would seem. Ryan Lizza writes about the latest exposure -- her damaging use of an insecure email account while Secretary of State.
Lousy judgment, for sure, but not unusual. Colin Powell is among others who did the same. But Hillary has gone on to be somewhat uncooperative with investigators.
This Clinton scandal, like many others, including the one involving the health-care task force, has its roots in Clinton’s penchant for shielding her government work from public scrutiny. The Clintons are hardly unique in this regard. As the inner workings of government have increasingly been pried open by public laws, such as the Freedom of Information Act, by the investigative machinery of Congress, and by a new generation of whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden, government officials have responded in kind. “I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton wrote to a top aide who recommended that she begin using a State Department e-mail account. ...RyanLizza,NewYorker
Okay. But what does this say about what we might expect from a Hillary Clinton presidency?
The fact that Clinton did not fully coöperate with the I.G. investigation (she declined to be interviewed, for example) does not inspire confidence that her Administration would be a model of transparency, but unfortunately there’s little evidence that the politicians who are the most incensed about the issue are also interested in using the episode as a way to strengthen the federal government’s woefully inadequate commitment to open-records laws.
So this scandal is like so many that have dogged the Clintons: while it’s more molehill than mountain, it does genuinely revolve around a serious issue (Clinton’s commitment to transparency); her initial response was less than forthcoming; and the critics exaggerating the degree of wrongdoing have demonstrated more interest in damaging her politically than fixing the underlying government-wide problem that the e-mail imbroglio has revealed. ...RyanLizza,NewYorker
The "secretive Hillary" thing gets exposure at The Intercept and ends with more examples of Clinton's refusal to give the media the responses they want.
- Hillary Clinton Laughs When Asked if She Will Release Transcripts of Her Goldman Sachs Speeches
- Hillary Clinton Won’t Say if She’ll Release Transcripts of Goldman Sachs Speeches
- Hillary Clinton Again Declines to Disclose What She Told Big Banks in Her Paid Speeches
- Hillary Clinton Made More in 12 Speeches to Big Banks Than Most of Us Earn in a Lifetime