Flashback: Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails on Private Server at Height of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns

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Now that they’ve taken control of Congress, Republicans are wielding power much the same way they did in the Clinton era and for the six years afterward when they controlled the White House and Congress under George W. Bush: ineptly — examples: 1, 2 etc.

Then as now, it’s clear that the only thing Republicans do very well is inflame the media with bogus scandals — which is a handy way to distract attention from their ineptitude. They are doing this with their usual aplomb, and considerable success, in the matter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to send emails.

Clinton has said she deleted about 50,000 emails that dealt with personal matters, citing her daughter’s wedding and her mother’s funeral as examples. All the correspondence pertaining to official business was turned over to and archived by State. The deletion of the emails, though perfectly legal, has excited House Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner, who has announced plans to deploy House committees to investigate what might aptly be called Servergate.

Never mind that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, has said he used a system similar to Clinton’s — and never mind that in 2007 Karl Rove deleted 22 million emails from a private server in the Bush White House — a matter about which the Beltway media said little and Republicans in Congress, like Rep. John Boehner, said nothing.

Here is a brief refresher on the White House email scandal:

Not long after George W. Bush assumed the presidency in 2001, Rove, his top political aide, set up a private email server for use in the White House. The stated purpose of the system — the primary domain name on which was gwb43.com — was that it would be used exclusively for the sort of political correspondence that Bush and Rove were not permitted to do on the taxpayer’s dime.

Seven years later, Bush and Rove were embroiled in two competing scandals — the Valerie Plame scandal, in which operatives for Vice Pres. Dick Cheney, including Rove and Scooter Libby, were accused of unmasking Valerie Plame, a CIA specialist in the black market for weapons of mass destruction, for purely partisan reasons, and the U.S. Attorney purge, in which Rove’s political operation in the White House was accused of ordering Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to purge eight U.S. attorneys who were qualified prosecutors and replace them with political hacks with little or no prosecutorial experience.

Rove escaped prosecution in the Libby case, but Libby was convicted (Bush quickly commuted the sentence) on March 6, 2007, at the same time Bush and Rove were under fire for purging the U.S. attorneys. During the investigation, it came to light that Rove’s server had been used to send official, non-political emails — correspondence that was required by law to be preserved under the Presidential Records Act.

On April 12, 2007, Rove’s operation admitted that it had deleted at least 5 million emails from the server. In December 2009, technicians who had examined the server reported that the number of emails that had been deleted was far greater — 22 million.

What was in the emails? No one will ever know. It’s likely as not that there was incriminating evidence in the correspondence that tied Rove and others to the treasonous exposure of Agent Plame (which, at a minimum, was a violation of government security), the U.S. attorneys’ purge and perhaps other scandals, including the inquiry into charges that Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff had used his entre with others in the GOP to bribe government officials. Abramoff was in prison serving the first year of his sentence when the email scandal broke.

If nothing else, this appears to be a prima facie case (or, rather, 22 million cases) of obstruction of justice. How serious is obstruction of justice? It’s the crime Pres. Richard Nixon was charged with by the House of Representatives in 1974 that prompted him to resign rather than face impeachment.

But what sort of evidence might have been lost in the 50,000 emails Hillary Clinton deleted? The insinuation from Republicans is that something dispositive about the Benghazi scandal might have been erased. It’s hard to guess what that might have been. What the GOP seems to be looking for in its eight investigations into Benghazi, so far, is a stand-down order issued by the State Department or the White House to the military that left the Benghazi consulate vulnerable to the attack that ensued. These Republicans know, of course, that the Secretary of State doesn’t have the authority to issue orders to the military.

Given that, there’s no question that the coverage of the Clinton email “scandal” is out of scale, but how does the incessant media coverage today stack up against the scandal seven years ago when Rove’s political operation in the White House erased 22 million emails many of which likely included evidence of serious crimes?

Last week, the fact-checking organization Politifact, which tends to skew to the right, compared coverage of the two scandals. Here’s it’s verdict:

We did a search through Lexis-Nexis, a research service that tracks news articles and transcripts, between March and May 2007. We found more than 125 transcripts from the major cable networks and National Public Radio that include “Republican National Committee” and “email” within 10 words of each other.

The Lexis-Nexis search also yielded more than 200 related newspaper articles across the country within the same time frame.

Let’s compare that to coverage of the Clinton controversy.

Since the story broke March 3, 2015 — two weeks ago — we found 204 cable and public radio transcripts that include “Clinton” and “email.” We also found 1,700 newspaper articles across the country.

That’s several times as many articles and transcripts about Clinton than there were about the Bush email controversy in a quarter of the time. It’s a rough measurement, but clearly there has been more media attention on Clinton’s use of private email than that of the White House staffers.

Even so, Politifact rated the claim that coverage of Clinton’s email deletions is out of scale compared with coverage of Rove’s in 2007 is “mostly false.”

Wait. What?

In the Rove scandal, there were 125 broadcast reports and 200 newspaper articles over three months about the millions of deleted emails. Today, in just two weeks there have been 200 broadcast reports and 1,700 newspaper articles about the 50,000 deleted emails.

And yet Politifact finds the assertion that there’s been more coverage of Clinton than there was of Rove to be “mostly false.” How did they do that?

Simple. Politifact keyed its verdict to a Fox pundit’s hyperbolic statement there was “zero coverage” of Rove’s scandal when it broke. So, yeah, it’s “mostly false” that there was “zero coverage.”

Republicans’ objective in using its lapdogs in the “liberal media” to exaggerate the Clinton emails controversy is to damage her image in advance of her run for the presidency. Polls show that their strategy is working — while Hillary Clinton remains the odds-on favorite among Democratic voters, her approval rating has slipped among all voters in polls released since the email deletions came to light.

At least Republicans are good at something.

389 Comments

  • July 7, 2016 - 10:15 am | Permalink

    They can give all the excuses they want but no one else is running for president an office that only the smartest highest moral character should hold. We should have no remorse for a liar cheater and no character person for president . She has simply failed us and has too many personnel agendas to be president of the USA oh by the way where are the emails to Bill?

    • J.Hoops
      July 13, 2016 - 9:18 pm | Permalink

      You mean high moral character like Trump? Are you deluding yourself?

    • Maynor Ramirez
      July 22, 2016 - 7:25 pm | Permalink

      Trump is also a big liar not fit to be our president lack all right qualities to be the president of a super power the US A

  • Hannah Mazz
    July 7, 2016 - 10:29 am | Permalink
    • Mickey
      July 7, 2016 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the link. Kinda shuts many of these idiots up. Also 14 years ago the rules were softer and unknown. There is also a big difference between performing your duty as the Sec of State on a private server vs. having a private email account to deal with junk mail.

      • Paul Stacey
        July 7, 2016 - 10:00 pm | Permalink

        Due to behaviour like this the rules were tightened during clinton’s time as Secretary of State in 2005. Yet here we are absolving her 11 years later for clear violations to those “new” rules. She did not abide by those changes. She spouts that Colin Powell did “it”, but he was not subject to those rules at that time. She however was. In such an interconnected digital world where some would argue the Internet is the new battleground… Do you really want a commander and chief where comedians excuse it as “just be glad it’s a grandma who can use email.” Kinda, ummmm, not so much. I won’t bore you with my dislike for trump.

        • This
          July 8, 2016 - 1:05 pm | Permalink

          Really? Clinton was Sec of State in 2005?

          • Scott Harley-Davidson
            July 11, 2016 - 10:49 pm | Permalink

            Don’t drag facts into this……..

    • Aaron
      July 7, 2016 - 9:54 pm | Permalink

      it there were 22 million emails that would mean they would have to read or write on average 7,535 emails a day! or 3,767 emails per person per day, if they sent emails and wrote emails 8 hours a day they would have to compose 470 emails per hour, or 8 emails per minute. if the average email contained 100 words, they would have to be able to read or write 800 words per minute, 13 words per second. so where would they have time to do anything else? something stinks about this story, some other points, their email server was set up in the white house, not in a private residence. given past precedence why didn’t congress elect to create a law preventing politicians from using private email servers? and why didn’t the democrats go after bush and Chaney, and seek indictment? Finally bush based on this report was not using his private email server to send and receive classified information!

      • Jerry Carroll
        July 8, 2016 - 12:31 am | Permalink

        Aron, You seem to be okay with believing that Clinton wrote fifty thousand personal e-mails not including all the business e-mails by herself. Rove set up a server for the whole white house that hundreds of staffers and officials could use. twenty two million is not fishy unless you are blinding yourself to how things work because you don’t want to know the truth.

        • Kathryn Wright
          July 8, 2016 - 10:14 pm | Permalink

          Clinton didn’t use email, he made calls to one Monica Lewinsky during the night hours. Mainframe computers where possibly in use back in those days and they would have been in DC on government property. How can you figure that your lies here would go unnoticed. Are you drunk?

          • William Hanlon
            July 14, 2016 - 6:35 am | Permalink

            Smoke screen. Nice work Kathy! When the argument turns against your bubble, drag out some tired old insult! It will confuse the ignorant and make Donald feel “new”.

  • Karen Boado
    July 7, 2016 - 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Why are the Republicans allowed to do a Democratic WITCH HUNT when they can’t look in their own closet
    Seems Congress ( under the $$ of the NRA) is short sighted … When will the Dems bring out the “ammo” to stop this incessant rubbish because they are loosing ground … Enuf ..get to the basis of the election
    Stop DT from his useless tirades

    • dink
      July 7, 2016 - 12:29 pm | Permalink

      *losing

    • donna
      July 7, 2016 - 1:37 pm | Permalink

      This is such a LIE! Colin Powell, as well as ALL of GWB’s staff, used the required, SECURED, email system! The Democrats will say ANYTHING in an attempt to make the Queen of the Liars look good! It CAN’T be done!

      • Newrider
        July 7, 2016 - 3:08 pm | Permalink

        Wow Donna! With uber security clearance like yours maybe you should refrain from trolling.

      • Tina
        July 7, 2016 - 5:34 pm | Permalink

        You are wrong about that. Double check your resources!

      • Maggie
        July 7, 2016 - 5:37 pm | Permalink

        It’s a known fact that Colin Powell had a private server!

      • Tom
        July 7, 2016 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

        The FBI has said Powell and Rice received classified email on their private servers.
        One of the reason for private servers is the clunky state dept server.

        But every conservative post I’m seeing is to ignore rove and 22 million emails

      • Grace
        July 7, 2016 - 11:36 pm | Permalink

        Are you daft? Colin Powell admitted he used a personal AOL account and an unsecured server at home to conduct business. ITS IN HIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!

      • Kevin
        July 8, 2016 - 7:27 am | Permalink

        Baloney Donna Google it there’s numerous articles on it, not only did Colin Powell, so did Condoleezza Rice, Google is your friend.

  • dink
    July 7, 2016 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    She lies, he lies, all the politicians lie. One glaring difference between HRC and Drumph is she actually has some experience as a politician. He has zero, Nothing. Not even class president. Forget that she’s a liar and he’s a liar, forget that he is racist and she changes her story when convenient. He has zero, yes that’s right, zero time as a politician. He’s a reality show host.
    She’s knee deep in political corruption.
    If you think either of these two are innocent, tell the truth and really really care about We the People, go back to your meth.
    As long as we can buy our politicians, (how the hell is that legal), the system will alway be corrupt.

    • Vox Sanitatis
      July 7, 2016 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

      Damn straight, Hillary has experience in government.
      And, In typical Democrat fashion, the bitch has fucked up time after time after time after time.

      You shit headed morons don’t get it, do you?
      She’s responsible for the death of 4 Americans in Libya. It’s not a case of incompetence. It’s a case of doing NOTHING. She as good as murdered them.

      And the emails? I’ve known dead clams with more brains than this idiot author.

      Even the corrupt FBI chief admitted that the stupid incompetent bitch opened and sent classified emails with her server.

      She makes Nixon look transparent in his operations.

      MORONS. EVERY FUCKING ONE OF YOU.

      • Chuck Atkins
        July 7, 2016 - 2:33 pm | Permalink

        You are crass hillbilly!

        • John Mathews
          July 7, 2016 - 3:06 pm | Permalink

          Crass, but truthful and to the point.
          I do not know what the statute of limitations is for crimes involving the mishandling of state secrets on unsecure email accounts and deleting emails such as described in the article but if people like Busch, Chaney, Rove, Powell, Rice and all others broke the law and the Democrats think they broke the law, they now have control of all of the executive branch agencies that investigate and prosecute such crimes, why don’t they do it?

          • George Busch
            July 7, 2016 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

            Learn to spell, hillbilly…Bush WAS the President, you had to have seen his name somewhere, surely.

        • William Hanlon
          July 14, 2016 - 6:41 am | Permalink

          You cannot tell a crass hillbilly he is in fact a crass hillbilly. They short circuit and start shooting things!

      • Becky
        July 7, 2016 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

        Good grief. Why can’t you express yourself without name calling? Sure, you’re angry and frustrated, but it’s still no excuse for the childish behavior.

      • Dennis
        July 7, 2016 - 4:43 pm | Permalink

        I am so proud of you, you actually know how to swear. Congratulation, you meet the smell test of a mindless moron. The most horrible part of your rant, wackos like you are allow to vote.

      • Nancy Brough
        July 7, 2016 - 6:51 pm | Permalink

        I’d like to jar your memory; Hillary was “responsible” for FOUR deaths in Benghazi, but Dub and his henchmen killed hundreds of thousands and you think THAT’S OK? You may think so, but is isn’t in the world I live in.

      • sewanee sue
        July 7, 2016 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

        Four people, huh. What about the thousands of American soldiers the Bush administration murdered in Iraq?

        • david harrell
          July 12, 2016 - 7:21 pm | Permalink

          And let’s not forget that lawyer a soused-up Cheney shot in the face while he was shooting wing clipped birds released from the back of a pickup truck. That in itself calls for at least week ends in jail for a while.

        • Stephen Obermeyer
          July 24, 2016 - 11:36 am | Permalink

          Murdered? That’s the kind of hyperbole pants on fire incendiary nonsense that comes from The Donald. By any objective measure GW didn’t murder anyone.

      • fedup
        July 7, 2016 - 8:52 pm | Permalink

        Vox Sanitatis – Your fake reason for disliking Hillary, that she’s responsible for four deaths, is laughable. With your reasoning, Bush, Cheney and all their fellow hooligans should be put in jail a thousand times over for the lies they told Americans to go to war w/Iraq. Its ridiculous. Just admit you don’t like her.

        • Wjp
          July 10, 2016 - 10:50 am | Permalink

          Let’s look at the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq and how much Dick Cheney personally profited through his relationship with Haliburton.

        • Aquaria
          July 27, 2016 - 12:12 pm | Permalink

          And don’t forget the 60 service members killed at embassies during Traitor Bush’s administration.

          Or how the traitorous filth GOP congress cut State Department security funding that made a Benghazi more likely.

          That’s okay to the hypocritical filth traitors known as the GOP.

      • Adam Shelsta
        July 7, 2016 - 9:37 pm | Permalink

        4 Americans in Libya? How about hundreds of thousands of our military heroes in Iraq based on either an outright lie by Bush 2 & Cheynee or the most incredible example of ineptitude by the Oval Office.

        • Grace
          July 7, 2016 - 11:40 pm | Permalink

          You said it! Not mention the fact the Bush Admin cut the budget for returning vets and their care. So much, that many of them have killed themselves when they came home. So not only did he send them off to an uncertain death over a lie, he also turned his back on them when they came home.

      • Grace
        July 7, 2016 - 11:38 pm | Permalink

        Wow “bitch” At least you dont hide your misogyny…

        • Wanda
          July 8, 2016 - 1:42 am | Permalink

          I don’t usually get into others conversations but this has been in my mind for a long time and when I saw your comment I just dropped in. I stand in complete amazement when I hear someone praise the Clinton’s. How is it that people set aside the man who was allowed to abuse women right down to the young girl who in awe of the president allowed him to treat her like trash. Oh and the lies he told until he was forced to admit the truth. Now we are dealing with his wife who was so aware of what he was doing but didn’t care until it became public and she was temporarily embarrassed. She has one up on Bill though. She is a much better liar. I can’t understand why anyone wants her in office knowing she never tells the truth. I truly believe she is evil. I really have a problem knowing she and her followers are all for abortion of helpless babies.. How can they think it is o k to murder unborn babies calling them just a fetus when they are a living breathing creation of God? .Why is it against the law to kill what is referred to as protected wildlife but the babies have no protection from being drug from the mothers womb by a heartless doctor who punctures the little brain an throws it in the garbage. My old heart breaks with all the cruelty and I just pray that we will get someone as president who will care about so many issues that are so wrong.

          Grace, Bush did not cut the benefits for our military. Go back and re check because that was done by Obama and he should be ashamed of every day he has been in office. I will be so glad to see and hear the last of that fool.

          • Helen Dunphy
            July 9, 2016 - 12:40 am | Permalink

            Why would the “little girl so in awe of the President ” save the dress? Really. It was up to his wife how she handled it, not any one else. It was a private issue. Hillary is going to be a great president. She knows how to handle people, she dosent get all red faced when something dosent go her way. One of the reasons that the republicans dont like her is she as first lady didnt sit back and do nothing she tried to get universal healthcare passed. Abortion is legal in all 50 states. They do not do late term abortions unless it is for the health of the mother. It is done in the first 3 months. Please get your facts straight.

          • Michael Davlin
            July 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm | Permalink

            Helen Dumphy, Monica did not save the dress. Linda Tripp convinced Monica to give her the dress for safekeeping just in case she later needed it to protect herself.

            Also, it was not a private affair. It was an inappropriate workplace relationship. There’s no tap dancing around that fact.

            Lastly, Bill’s reckless behavior rendered him vulnerable to blackmail, potentially endangering us all.

          • William Hanlon
            July 14, 2016 - 6:47 am | Permalink

            Oh Wanda! Bless your little heart! You sounded intelligent for a moment! Then the right to life part of your personality revealed itself and exposed your bias. Please continue avoiding posting on threads like this.

      • Kevin
        July 8, 2016 - 7:34 am | Permalink

        Gfoit already ffs quit beating the dead horse, it was congress that cut funding for embassies is why they couldn’t get more security there, and also numerous top military personnel have said it wouldn’t have made any difference, so you are going to say you know better than people that probably were actually there. Do yourselfa favor and inform yourself, quit believing the propaganda. GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND

      • July 9, 2016 - 6:02 am | Permalink

        Speaking of morons you say that 4 Americans lost there lives under Hillary’s watch. How many Americans lost their lives here in America under Bush and Chenny’s watch, I believe it was in the thousands!

      • THJ
        July 10, 2016 - 12:30 pm | Permalink

        and Bush was responsible for those 4,000 soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      • moonunit2
        July 22, 2016 - 11:23 am | Permalink

        Jees, I can feel you spitting with rage, chill, take your meds, step away from the computer go outside and meet the real world.

        • moonunit2
          July 22, 2016 - 11:25 am | Permalink

          Certainly not Vox sanitatis, it’s more Vox “loco”

  • Tny
    July 7, 2016 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Trump about as much as bozo had!

  • William Destefano
    July 7, 2016 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

    So 2 felonies makes Hilter Skeltor roght?
    Grade school argument. Prosecute them All.
    https://youtu.be/opPh9uG29cQ

  • Manollo C
    July 7, 2016 - 2:01 pm | Permalink

    But was it classifies info?
    Was Karl Rove a government employee with security clearance?

    • George Busch
      July 7, 2016 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

      I’m seeing a pattern of ignorance…do any of you republicans know how to spell?

    • Tim
      July 8, 2016 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

      We know that Fitzgerald looked for emails on the private server that were deleted when he was investigating the outing of Valerie Plame. These emails would have contained classified information.

  • Nick
    July 7, 2016 - 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Is absolutely amazing how moronic and idiotic the comments are from this article.

    Hey dumbasses, Karl Rove deleting campaign emails is not the same as the Secretary of State intentionally putting a server off site, and then giving access to secret information to those unqualified to handle it. She also left it open and exposed to being hacked, which the FBI already said it was likely.
    This law doesn’t require intent, because it is based on the common sense knowledge that anyone who holds such a clearance understands that this information is to be handled with care.

    Criminal Intent is not required, and she clearly violated the law on multiple levels, which the FBI already stated to be the case, she absolutely did show intent, because she intentionally moved a server off site and set it up for her own personal agenda.

    This also makes her completely unacceptable because she is exposed to Blackmail by people all over the world who without a doubt have that information.

    That server was already determined to be less secure than a standard Google email account. You are so naive to think that sophisticated government enemies around the world haven’t hacked into that? If so, you’re an idiot.

    Is absolutely amazing how people here are so poetically driven from their ideology, they sit here and make excuses up for the inexcusable and try to point fingers to bad behavior to excuse more bad behavior. What is it with you freakin left wing Hack jobs?

    Did you not mature past grade school? What is this crap always being speared by the left with the whole excuse of “they did it, so what’s the big deal if we did it too?”
    It’s not okay if anybody does it!

    The claims of Colin Powell and rice are idiotic as well, they did everything within the government servers and system.

    They didn’t completely set up an unauthorized server site. There’s many people prosecuted and punished for the exact thing Hilary did but in way less context and way less severe.
    Whatthis has proven is that the system’s absolutely corrupt and there is one set of rules for the regular folks and completely different set of rules for the elites.

    You morons sitting here spinning and justifying this kind of crap is exactly the reason this country is so messed up, and you can’t see past your own stupid class Party Loyalty long enough to use some common sense and be honest and objective and hold someone accountable where it’s due.

    This country is absolutely in trouble and rotten to the core, and all you morons sitting here propping it up all because you’re brainwashed over political loyalty is disgusting and nothing but continued exacerbation of the current system overall.

    Grow up.

    • Debbie
      July 7, 2016 - 4:02 pm | Permalink

      Exactly!!

    • Erika
      July 7, 2016 - 5:43 pm | Permalink

      You’re the best Nick! Couldn’t have said it better myself .

      • D C
        July 11, 2016 - 9:14 pm | Permalink

        Thank you Fox Noise NIck !

    • Maggie
      July 7, 2016 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

      My you have a short memory. Karl Rove had an official job when GWB was President. He was Senior Advisor to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff. Deleting e-mails after they were found to be not of the nature they were intended to be, he resigned. He is as guilty as Hillary and as guilty as they get.

      • Mike
        July 7, 2016 - 7:34 pm | Permalink

        Okay, people from both sides should be in jail. I’ll go along with that. Right now!

    • Nancy Craig
      July 7, 2016 - 8:29 pm | Permalink

      Nick – Some people will go to great lengths for party loyalty. But I’m willing to bet that the majority of people ARE using common sense. We absolutely cannot have a president who is a bigot, from Mexicans to Muslims, to women to people who don’t agree with him and on and on.
      Bill cheated on Hillary while in the white house. For shame, but it happens all the time. Donnie has cheated on all his wives, and it’s not going to end any time soon. For that reason alone I wouldn’t vote for him. It just ain’t right!
      I recently saw where he was compared to one of the original SNL characters, Roseann Roseannadanna and her “Never Mind” skits.
      **I’m going to build a wall along the Mexico border and make the Mexican government pay for it. Modified his decision…”never mind”
      **I’m not going to allow ANY more Muslims into the USA. Modified his decision…”never mind”
      **The judge in the lawsuit against me is biased because he’s Mexican…Modified his words…”never mind”
      And so on and so on…….he’s tripping over his own tongue and drowning in his own stupidity. Even when he has a teleprompter with a GOP APPROVED SPEECH he can’t keep to the subject without throwing in his line of BS and lies.
      He has said bankruptcy is normal in the business world. He made a lot of money off the backs of ordinary people and their misery at losing their jobs. How many people in Atlantic City do you suppose are backing him? If you or I had to declare bankruptcy, it would hound us for 7-10 years, preventing us from recovering as he has done not once, but many times. Our country can’t afford another recession so soon after the one left to us by GWB’s administration. I don’t believe the majority of the truly poor in this country back him. Why would they?
      There are many, many members in the GOP who just refuse to back him because he’s dangerous. I firmly believe he is too dangerous to have control of this country and all the “Buttons” that go with the job. He is a ticking TIME BOMB, just waiting to go off. Picture in your mind what would happen if Putin pissed him off. Speaking as a Naval Veteran, I didn’t serve my country for it to come to this. I’m not a zealot, but I do pray for this country, and its’ future.

    • Grace
      July 7, 2016 - 11:41 pm | Permalink

      you armchair attorneys are so funny. I think Comey has more insight than you.

    • Kevin
      July 8, 2016 - 7:38 am | Permalink

      Actually no nick there were no laws in place til after she was SOS, look it up and they were NOT classified til after the fact. Ethics violations yes probably so, bUT breaking the law no.

      • Steve
        July 8, 2016 - 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Sorry Kevin, that’s totally wrong. Federal internet information security was first officially established in 2002 with the Homeland Security Act and she was not SOS until what, 2009? By that time I’m sure training was required. I’d also be very surprised if she did not have to sign agreements that outlined how she was to deal with sensitive information. Heck I had to with the NSA in 1983 but everyone was thinking about physical documents then :-).

        The Rove email situation was very complicated. Orin Hatch had pushed through a bill preventing the use of federal resources for political gain so anyone in politics had to have a private system to comply. This one got set up and then probably abused through negligence by any number of the 50 or so users. The system was set up to record everything and not lose it. The 22 million lost which are discussed above were really due to a software problem and they were found in 2009. The investigation during the Rove situation was focused more on a smaller number of emails related to a specific request and investigation. There was no actual proof that anything was deleted by Rove as far as I’m aware, it just tainted an already badly tarnished reputation. Keep in mind that the Rove server was a government sanctioned and secured server, albeit for private use. Hillary’s case was a privately set up system and she or her lawyers later covered up her use of it for sensitive information. This is a fact, not a conjecture, the FBI report confirms it. Also, there is every indication that this system was highly vulnerable, much more so than the Rove system located behind Whitehouse security protocols. If you put a mail server on the public internet since about 2005 you will get cyber attacked within a couple months and it accelerates. And not just a little. A typical system will get 300,000 to 1 Million hits a day once discovered. If they knew it was Hillary’s system then all bets are off and it was likely broken into. Think about this before you defend her. She was almost certainly trained, almost certainly signed agreements, and yet she paid to have this set up and then she carelessly used it for sensitive information. The US Secretary of State. I think it tells volumes about her.

        Look I agree this was negligence and not a nefarious act. Mostly the punishment for negligence has been revoking access. The FBI should not give her special treatment. You could make a good argument that as SOS she should be held to a much higher bar. She still has one thing going for her – Trump is even scarier. Makes me want to puke to vote for either of them.

    • Nolan
      July 9, 2016 - 5:58 am | Permalink

      OMG THANK GOD ANOTHER AMERICAN WITH HIS EYES WIDE OPEN!!!

      Need millions more.

      Nolan

    • Linda
      July 12, 2016 - 8:34 am | Permalink

      Nick, you are right on point!
      Bad behavior isn’t and shouldn’t be given as a reason that it’s ok to do the same thing only many, many times worse. There are many who have done far less to undermine our country that have been punished or had consequences that Hillary will never have to answer for. It’s simply wrong.

  • Howard
    July 7, 2016 - 4:10 pm | Permalink

    “All the correspondence pertaining to official business was turned over to and archived by State.” Did Hillary write this? The FBI document EXPRESSLY shows this to be a lie.

  • Howard
    July 7, 2016 - 4:12 pm | Permalink

    All the correspondence pertaining to official business was turned over to and archived by State.

    Apparently the writer did not see or read the FBI document. Or just ignored the parts (s)he didn’t like.

  • Jeff freed
    July 7, 2016 - 5:53 pm | Permalink

    Valerie Plame was outed by Robert Novak and she was known by most of Washington as a CIA agent and had not been an active field agent in over 10 years. Scooter Libby was convicted of perjury after being questioned by guess who James Comey over 20 times

    • Beth
      July 7, 2016 - 6:35 pm | Permalink

      Valerie Plame WAS an ACTIVE agent and outing her caused the death of 6 of our agents because they were under the same cover company as Plame. Cheney, Rove and Libby should have been prosecuted but they didn’t even show up when they were supeonead to a Hearing on Capitol Hill. If Hillary Clinton had ignored a supeonea, I’m quite sure a swat team would be sent to get her because all you women haters are PSYCHO!!!
      Cheney’s lies killed and maimed over 100,000 Americans. Where was the Republican indignation then?

  • Beezer
    July 7, 2016 - 10:19 pm | Permalink

    This author forgot to mention in his bashing that ALL the emails in question were recovered in 2009. The emails Clinton’s lawyers deleted will NEVER be recovered. (according to Comey)

    • Grace
      July 7, 2016 - 11:51 pm | Permalink

      No they werent. they said they might be able to recover them, but they didnt.

      In 2009, it was announced that as many as 22 million emails may have been lost.[5

      The evidence obtained by the Committee indicates that White House officials used their RNC email accounts in a manner that circumvented these requirements. At this point in the investigation, it is not possible to determine precisely how many presidential records may have been destroyed by the RNC. Given the heavy reliance by White House officials on RNC email accounts, the high rank of the White House officials involved, and the large quantity of missing emails, the potential violation of the Presidential Records Act may be extensive.

    • Grace
      July 7, 2016 - 11:52 pm | Permalink

      And NOTHING WAS DONE!!!!

      • July 9, 2016 - 8:52 am | Permalink

        Seriously, what is wrong with you idiots? The very first comment for this blog disproved it. The emails were recovered,and released to the public, which means they weren’t or have been declassified. There was no smoking gun.

  • Daniel
    July 7, 2016 - 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Hey everyone! Reality check here! Before you start accusing the GOP about “playing to the low-information voter”, take a look at the date on this article. It was written back in March. Read the content without just skipping through. Clearly many of the points that the FBI just announced as truth shows that there is no need for “faux outrage”. It’s real outrage, and is now justifiable by hard facts. The Liberal media and the Democrats are going to do their best to say that this is “over”, but the American People won’t have their intelligence insulted and just call it quits on this without a fight. Nobody thought that Hillary’s credibility could dip any lower, but she’s just shattered her own record. It’s going to cost her.

    • July 10, 2016 - 12:00 am | Permalink

      Neither Trump nor Clinton are FIT to be president. We need to change the law wherein any candidate cannot be under investigation for a crime. Hillary Clinton has been in the middle of scandals since Watergate. Neither she nor her husband have a moral compass. Out of all the people WITH integrity, we have to end up with these two to choose from. Dumb and Dumber. If we can’t find some measure of unity in our nation, Obama would just LOVE to declare martial law.

  • Havequick
    July 8, 2016 - 5:15 am | Permalink

    I laughed at this “article” when the writer said Politifact leans right.

  • Helen Hanan
    July 8, 2016 - 10:04 am | Permalink

    Now if this article, (fabulous), could be put into a snazzy sound bite, ala Trump talk, then maybe people would listen.

    The Republicans are best at obstructionism, ineptness; wasting time and money.
    They have created the sick state of affairs that exist in our country today.

    If a sane person would address some of the “sane points” of discontent that Trump has been bringing up, and discussed some solutions, or ways to address these issues, then maybe, just maybe, this country might have a chance of not imploding.

  • Noneya
    July 8, 2016 - 11:57 am | Permalink

    Since all 22 million emails were recovered in 2009 and it was found that they were NOT DELETED but incorrectly archived, this is apples and oranges.

    NON of the emails had classified information in them because those who handled classified information were using a secure server – AND the laws regarding archiving and use of private servers were CHANGED after this so that this kind of thing could be avoided in the future…

    No attorney’s scrubbed the email servers and devises in such a way as to be unrecoverable by the FBI…..

    AND someone was PROSECUTED – for LYING to the FBI.

  • Matt
    July 8, 2016 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    What a joke. You actually think that conservatives control the media!?!?!? You really are drinking the liberal Kool Aid.

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  • Bcat
    July 8, 2016 - 6:00 pm | Permalink

    Your side keeps saying similar to Powel’s email to get the readers to think it is similar and you are so wrong. Not everyone is stupid or a sheeple. You and others like you are either real pieces of shit for purposely misleading regular people or your really stupid. Your time is coming…

    • July 9, 2016 - 8:54 am | Permalink

      Hey, don’t paint with too wide of a brush, here. It’s entirely possibly that they’re both liars and really stupid.

  • July 9, 2016 - 5:49 am | Permalink

    Yes, 4 Americans lost their lives according to some of you under Hillary’s watch. But how many American’s lives where lost under Bush and Chenny’s watch If I’m not mistaken it was in the thousands!

  • doris trueheart
    July 9, 2016 - 7:00 pm | Permalink

    Bush did not do what Hillary did. Bush deleted emails. He covered his wrong and walked away empty handed. Hillary took government emails and stored them on her personal server in her home, then she transferred the emails to 2 private firms, and again to her legal firm. None of these firms nor her law firm had the clearance to receive these documents. No investigation was made into accessiblitity of these files by their employees. Further, at least one of these firms backed up (made copies) of her files and stored the copies in the cloud (on servers all over the world). Had Hillary erased her emails, there would be no scandal today. But instead she left office and took her emails with her. Once investigation into Benghazi took place, evidence of her personal server arose. Hillary then earsed emails from that server. But there were still multiple copies still in her control. She stated that she turned over everything “in her possession.” When the FBI observed the private servers, these companies were asked to turn over what they had. Hillary notified them to erase their files, but one did not want to get caught in a coverup and obeyed the FBI. The FBI was able to prove that she erased these files because they had the copies. They were able to show she had moved classified documents to an unsecured location because they had copies of those emails. Hillary left proof of her crimes, although it was not her intent to do so. Her actions are acts no other SOS nor president has ever taken!! If her emails were erased, no other entity could have access to them. Instead any nation could have access to her documents, while she was SOS and up to when the FBI took possession. But the FBI took possession after other nations had the opportunity to do so as well.

    • July 10, 2016 - 12:16 am | Permalink

      Doris, thank you for succinctly laying out the facts and timelines. I get so annoyed and upset when liberals call republicans “obstructionists,” and talk as if we should just let her walk on her LATEST criminal scandal and go on her merry way to the White House, WITHOUT caring whether she broke the law. I am tired of being lied to and made out to be foolish for trusting our government. The same government that took a pledge to uphold and protect our Constitution. Where I come from, when someone gave their promise to do something, they DID IT! We NEVER even thought to check on their honesty or integrity. Doing that would insult their HONOR! Nowadays, it appears we need to do a whole lot more checking. Pathetic!

  • Kevin
    July 10, 2016 - 7:30 am | Permalink

    Wow we are arguing amongst each other about government corruption on both sides. Meanwhile every last politician is laughing all the way to the bank! They are all in it together they throw mud at each other then go have steak and lobster and expensive booze at exclusive fancy restaurants and don’t give a crap about us as long as they keep there money and power!our forefathers did not know enough to put term limits on all of them and limit executive orders! We are a joke to them!!!!

  • JB
    July 10, 2016 - 8:26 am | Permalink

    At this point, there have been 8 investigations & millions of tax payer dollars wasted on trying to prove Hillary of intent and purposeful misconduct, among many other things. She has been scrutinized by republicans from as many angles as they can invent to have her indicted and have failed each time to achieve finding a smoking gun or that one magic piece of evidence that would, beyond a doubt, prove her to be a criminal.

    When will enough be enough? A 9th or 10th investigation? Billions of tax dollars wasted on yet more investigations? When will they let it go? Now with the latest attempt of involving the FBI and, again, nothing worth prosecuting?

    Let it go already! Stop wasting tax dollars and start doing the jobs you were hired and paid very well to do! Sadly our government is turning into a media circus show with real political achievements becoming something of a bygone era, wishful thinking, and fairytales! Once upon a time we believed our president was an honorable position and to be treated with respect. Sadly, this started to change in the 90s and has only gotten worse with the presidency of Obama (someone other than a stuffy old white man) and even worse with the candidacy of Hillary!

    It hurts my heart as an American, that we have strayed so far from our own ideals. I applaud Hillary Clinton for her strength and perseverance. She has a difficult road ahead over the coming months as the presidential race continues. I have no doubt in my mind that she will do her best to win this election and I truly hope she does for the sake of this great nation, as well as to pave the way for more future female leaders to rally and fight for position within this boy’s club we call our government!

    History has shown to repeat itself! Looking back to voters rights in America, we can see that black men had the right to vote before any woman. Thank you Obama for paving the way to the White House! Regardless of the slander and countless wasteful investigations, she will triumph!

    #Hillary2016

  • Rm
    July 11, 2016 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

    So? You don’t get away with something because someone else “did it first”. When my son does something wrong, he doesn’t get excused because his sister “did it too”. No, you punish them both. This is childish deflection, and just a sad argument for people that consider themselves thinking adults. Even my kids understand that “Two wrongs don’t make a right”. Grow up.

  • John
    July 11, 2016 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    If this is true, they got by with it. It doesn’t make it right to let someone who got caught, get by with it. Hillary is running for president and she’s been caught. She should be punished to the full extent of the law because of the high position she’s running for

  • Justin
    July 12, 2016 - 5:59 am | Permalink

    A weak tu quoque at best.

    Wrong doesn’t excuse wrong, assuming that what Rove did was wrong,

    She did the crime yet she’s avoided the time. So far.

  • Man_in_PA
    July 12, 2016 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Rove erased RNC emails — private emails that he had every right to erase.
    Hillary erased government emails in violation of federal law. Furthermore, Hillary used a private email system to host classified — even top secret — information in violation of federal law. Third, Hillary lied about it under oath; she perjured herself.

    There is no comparison between these two actions.
    You people need to wake up and stop reading trash like this article.

    Hillary is a corrupt, lying criminal and deceptive, brainless articles like this one can’t change that.

    • Jon
      July 13, 2016 - 6:23 pm | Permalink

      It’s important to stick to the facts. Rove erased government emails off his servers which was a violation of the Presidential Records Act, and a clear case of obstruction of justice.

    • Joe
      July 15, 2016 - 8:08 am | Permalink

      The FBI admitted that the e mails where not classified and the derictor of the FBI changed his testimony in front of the House committee and stated Clinton was both truthful and corporatized and he’s a republican that prosecutored her in the white water scandal that proved false

  • July 13, 2016 - 6:32 am | Permalink

    Since this was such a scandal at the time it is even more reason to prosecute Hillary. There was a precedent set when Rove did this. The ultimate uproar concluded that this is against the law as stated in the following US Codes.

    The taking of a public record or document is prohibited by 18 U.S.C. § 641. The destruction of such records may be reached under 18 U.S.C. § 1361.

    • Jon
      July 13, 2016 - 6:22 pm | Permalink

      It was not a scandal at the time. The liberal media completely ignored it. Rove was not prosecuted. That is the precedent — and the point of this story.

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