Why Hilary Clinton’s Deleted E-Mail Matters

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By Cheri RobertsChallenging the RhetoricCheri Speak

As with any public figure that figures into the public equation of law making, foreign policy and the running our country, accountability should never stop at party lines for anyone’s convenience. Ironically the very public that screams afoul over GOP this and that’s show little qualms over the growing controversy of e-mails deleted by the woman who [once again] intends to run for the Oval Office.

Whether the e-mails in question were truly of a personal nature bearing no weight against her ambitions or not, Clinton’s dismissal of the implications of her actions are wholly out of line for one preparing a presidential run. Too often politicians and others in powerful positions are immune to addressing the scrutiny directed at them. In cases where documents of any kind are arbitrarily made unavailable, especially during pivotal political cycles, the only real reaction should be one of wonder.

Just like you and every other human, people are people and that means they do the same things you and I do regardless of position. Did Clinton have something to hide or was she genuinely just doing a standard e-mail dump? Why did she use a private server? More importantly, does it matter?

According to statements made by Clinton on Tuesday, during her four-years as Secretary of State, the private server and email account was just easier than using multiple mobile devices. Is that excuse ‘good enough’? Hardly. According to the Wall Street Journal, the House Panel is prepared to subpoena Clinton over her deleted e-mails and report that the House Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said,

““I’d rather not have to subpoena her, but if she’s fully cooperative there wouldn’t be a need. Are we prepared to do so if necessary? I suppose so. We’re going to get to the bottom of this.”

What’s more, is the so-called, “Benghazi Committee” is also seeking access to Clinton’s top aids during her tenure at State.

The truth here is Hilary’s e-mails do matter regardless of whether this is puppet theater maneuvering from the right to discredit a front-running candidate on the left. During ol’ Hill’s reign at DoS, the department was scandal ridden and many things remain unaccounted for; from Diplomats getting blow-jobs on Iraqi palace rooftops and other sex scandals to Benghazi. IF Clinton’s deleted e-mails were only ‘personal’, why the need to dump so many before the increased scrutiny that comes with candidate disclosures?

Anything elected officials and cabinet members do has implications on their public. From illicit affairs to lobbyist dealings; it all matters. Hilary Clinton’s former State Department is fair game if she continues her quest to be Madame President. If the recovery of deleted e-mails prove nothing more than something as simple as an affair, in all good conscience, is that the type of person that should run a country? I have often said if one cannot handle the weight of their own zippers one cannot handle the weight of diplomacy. I would add, if one cannot be transparent one can also not lead a nation bent for transparency.

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