Contrary to what Hillary Clinton very likely wants, the dust hasn’t quite settled on the email controversy. On July 5, the FBI recommended that the Dept. of Justice not press charges, and on July 6, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that there would be no prosecution.
But it’s far from over, at least if Hillary’s political adversaries get their way.
Are you with her? Do you see the U.S. Presidency in Hillary’s future?
It’s hard to argue that Hillary has achieved very much as a politician. She is, after all, the first woman to become the presumptive nominee in a major American political party.
An extremely condensed version of her accomplishments:
- Presumptive Presidential nominee
- U.S. Secretary of State
- U.S. Senator
- First Lady of the United States
- First Lady of Arkansas
- First full woman partner in one of the U.S.’s oldest law firms
- Yale Law School graduate and respected legal scholar
By many accounts, Hillary is an intelligent and capable politician, perhaps, as President Obama said in recent weeks, the most qualified of anyone to run for highest office.
But that’s exactly why so many people are irate over Hillary’s email controversy.
Should she know better? Does ‘Crooked Hillary’ deserve prison?
As the argument goes, she should know better than to mishandle classified information, and at the very least, Hillary’s behavior (using an unsecured BlackBerry, for example) was “extremely careless,” as the FBI said.
But Hillary’s use of private email servers allowed her greater control over her emails – leading to the claim that she could get around public transparency. Government officials may use private email accounts, but such a thing is different from using private email servers. PolitiFact rated the claim that government officials do this all the time (use servers) as mostly false, which paints a picture that Clinton may have been up to no good.