By Alyssa Potenzone,
Money and Investing Writer
Former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has been in the news incessantly for the ongoing investigation surrounding her email scandal.
In March of 2015 the House Select Committee on Benghazi disclosed its discovery of Clinton’s private email.
The ongoing investigation being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has remained in news headlines ever since.
Hillary Clinton’s rationale for having a private email address was to avoid having to carry two cellphones.
She claimed sending work related emails through a private email account was allowed vowing “everyone [she] communicated with in government was aware of it.”
However, her reason being inconvenience became irrelevant once she admitted in an interview that she owns a Blackberry, iPhone, iPad mini, and an iPad.
She is clearly capable of using four devices, so why is it that much of a hassle to manage two cellphones?
Upon publicity of this scandal, Clinton made it known that she “had not sent classified material, nor received anything marked classified” through the less secure, unmonitored private email account.
Clinton was given over two months to hand over her email server to the FBI allotting her time to delete “personal emails.”
Of the 60,000 emails sent on this private account as Secretary of State, she claimed 31,000 of those pertained to personal matters “about planning Chelsea’s wedding or [her] mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends, as well as yoga routines, family vacations.”
FBI agents conducting this independent investigation have already uncovered four hundred emails containing classified information, two of which contained “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information,” the highest level of classified data.
As the number of emails containing confidential information continues to climb, more and more people have begun questioning her honesty
The FBI’s findings thus far have proven Clinton in violation of a federal offense.
Many individuals are beginning to wonder whether the 31,000 emails she deleted could have contained classified information she did not want anyone seeing.
Though Platte River Networks, the firm managing Clinton’s computer system, and the FBI have confirmed the likely possibility of recovering those deleted files she deems “personal.”
Clinton’s involvement in the prior Travelgate, Filegate, and Whitewater scandals, further exemplify her tendency in blurring the lines between distinguishing public and private information.
As for her presidential campaign, the scandal continues to be detrimental.
Clinton’s recent numbers in the polls have dropped in response to the overarching effects of the scandal hindering American’s abilities to instill trust in her.
Many have begun to view her as inauthentic as “her efforts to expunge possibly troublesome emails, the unseemly and possibly criminal activities of the Clinton Foundation, her purposeful deception about the causes of the Benghazi disaster, her middling performance as secretary of state” all serve as examples.
Allison Moore, Secretary of the Republican National Committee (RNC) Press expressed, “the only thing Hillary Clinton regrets is that she got caught and is dropping in the polls, not the fact her secret email server left classified information exposed to the Russians and Chinese.”
Perhaps Clinton’s attempt to cover up her disastrous email scandal is indicative that she is not fit to be in the White House.
Clinton’s resulting consequences now lay in the hands of the American judicial system.
The New York Times reported one judge has already determined that Clinton did not adhere to government policy requiring that “federal records sent or received on such systems are preserved in the appropriate agency record-keeping system”.
Whereas Fox News legal analyst Judge Jeanine voiced her opinion, stating, “this woman only cares about herself, money, her next step up the political ladder and, if president, will only care about her legacy.”
FBI investigation, interviews, and news headlines will continue throughout much of her campaign for the 2016 presidential candidacy.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, October 6th print edition.
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