Took only minutes
Earlier this afternoon, Hillary Clinton held a press conference to address questions concerning the use of her private email from private servers.
Beginning with two flimsy decoys, Clinton first addressed women’s rights and went on to criticize Senate Republicans for their letter to Iran’s Ayatollah. Unsurprisingly, sites like Vox took the bait.
Then, the treasure troves of the internet opened up and out sprung three little facts that prove three of Hillary’s emphatic statements false. And this is only the beginning.
While the statements that follow are multifaceted in consequence and scope, for the sake of brevity, we’ll focus strictly on their veracity.
#1: Hillary only used one phone
“When I got to work as Secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one devise for my work and personal emails instead of two. Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d used a second email account and carried a separate phone, but at the time this didn’t seem like an issue.”
Just weeks ago (February 24th to be precise), at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Hillary said she had both an iPhone and wait for it… a Blackberry.
We’re supposed to believe someone who can’t manage two electronic devices simultaneously should be given the White House? But I digress. This particular claim silly as it may be, is one of the most important because it’s from this one phone business that Hillary built the rest of her case. Rather than speak specifically to the email, Clinton kept shifting to the point that she should have had two separate devices.
#2: Bill Clinton uses email, too
“The system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office,” said Hillary this afternoon. Again, she said, “the server contains personal communications from my husband and me.”
There’s just one problem with this statement — Bill Clinton doesn’t use email.
According to an article published by the Wall Street Journal this morning, Bill Clinton has sent two emails in his life — both while he was President:
The former president, who does regularly use Twitter, has sent a grand total of two emails during his entire life, both as president, says Matt McKenna, his spokesman. After leaving office, Mr. Clinton established his own domain that staff use–@presidentclinton.com. But Mr. Clinton still doesn’t use email himself, Mr. McKenna said.
While their email system may have been set up for Bill, the claim that he actively utilizes their secret server is false, unless he lied to the Wall Street Journal.
#3: There were no server security breaches
“It [email system] has numerous safeguards. It was on property, guarded by the Secret Service, and there were no security breaches,” said Hillary.
Meanwhile, as Jim Geraghty at National Review reminds us, that’s simply not the case:
Someone should ask her how she can claim it’s secure when the hacker “Guccifer” got into her e-mails with Sid Blumenthal and sent them to Kremlin-funded RT media.
The question is not, “Did hackers get into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails?” The question is, “How many hackers that we don’t know about got into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails?”
Is there more? Certainly. But we’re just getting started.
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