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March 12, 2015

Politico: White House Sources Now Distancing From Clinton
Actually Saying It's Too Bad Hillary Didn't Learn to Be Ethical and Transparent, Like We Are

No seriously-- they're saying that.

That said, I guess the more important news is that the White House is now throwing Hillary under the bus.

News, but not unexpected.

White House frets return of 'Clinton way'

To sum up the feelings, all the way up to the highest levels: What. The. Hell.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere

I assume "the highest levels" means Obama, speaking on background.

At the least it means ValJar or Kerry, that level.

They thought she'd changed. They thought maybe she’d picked up a little bit from them about how people respond to awkward secret arrangements and contrived ways of not telling the full story.

This has been a surprising two weeks for aides in President Barack Obama’s orbit as they’ve watched Hillary Clinton’s email mess unfold.


...

With so much on the line, with so much time to prepare, she’s back to classic Clinton?

She's flubbing a campaign kickoff eight years in the making because she somehow thought that no one would ever care that she set up a secret email server? That anyone would then accept her word that it was OK that she deleted 30,000 emails even though the State Department had been asking for some of them? And then go silent again?

Here comes a dagger:

After all, 2008's, "Change you can believe in" campaign slogan wasn't just a reference to George W. Bush. It was also about her, and the uneasy feeling many people had that with Clinton, something else was always going on.

Obama aides had had that feeling themselves, even after she joined the administration and their staffs tried following Obama’s and Clinton’s leads in building mutual trust, almost to the point of suspension of disbelief.

"You never feel like you’re quite getting the full story, because everyone’s got some side deal or some complicating factor," said one former Obama aide, reflecting on dealing with Clinton and her circle. "I don’t think there was a conscious effort to watch out for scams. It was more just, you know who you're dealing with."

Read the rest at the link.

Meanwhile, Martin O'Malley, often plumped as a possible Democratic presidential candidate, is talking about how important it is for Secretaries of State to use the official government servers and email accounts.

And, Et Tu, IG? Et Tu, NPR?

Clinton said it was "undisputed" that "the laws and regulations in effect" when she was secretary of state allowed her to use her personal email account for work. Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in D.C., disagreed. He said the Federal Records Act of 2009 "in effect discouraged the use of personal email for official business."

Clinton was confirmed as secretary of state in January 2009. The Records Act did not prohibit use of personal email accounts, but Blanton said the language is clear. "It says the head of every federal agency -- and that's who she was as secretary of state -- is responsible for making sure that records of that agency's business are saved on agency record systems," he said.

Blanton said that does not include a server in Clinton's Chappaqua, N.Y., home.

Clinton also asserted: "For any government employee, it is that government employee's responsibility to determine what's personal and what's work-related."

Blanton said Clinton did indeed have the right to separate out her personal emails from official records. But had those emails been on a government server, it would have been a more transparent process, he said. "If those emails were in the State Department system, that separation of personal or non-record material from the official stuff would be done by a professional records manager or professional archivist, a civil servant -- not an aspiring politician and her lawyers."

He further disputes the Evitable Queen.

And Open Thread.

More: I'm now thinking for the first time that Hillary Clinton will not be the nominee. I just don't think you can run for president while being investigated for violating federal laws-- and being clearly guilty of doing so.

David Harsyani begins concern-trolling for a challenger.

I don't even think it would be a "challenger." I think any plausible Democrat becomes the immediate favorite.

Hillary, appropriately enough, has nuked herself from orbit.

More: David Corn and Mother Jones turn on Hillary.

EVITA-ble.






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