** Original article written by Michael “Vass” Vasquez at Binghamton Political Buzz Examiner.com **
Potential Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke at a press conference on March 10, 2015 to address the multiple concerns that have arisen since the report from the New York Times On March 3, 2015. It revealed that as Secretary of State, Clinton violated regulations (even as she directed enforcement of the regulation on all other members of the State Department) on communicating via Government systems, and failed to provide all communication until recently after 4 months of legal wrangling. Even so, as directly stated in the press conference, Mrs. Clinton deleted and/or failed to provide at least 30,000 emails.
What is most troubling about the deleted emails is that the sole source determining what is a public record was made by Hillary Clinton alone ultimately. While her aides may have performed the deletions, it was based on the criteria and preference of Mrs. Clinton alone. As she is oft speculated to be running for president in 2016, the question of her judgement in what to disclose is a valid question that has yet to be resolved.
At a time when the NSA is actively collecting private emails of citizens, while at the same time the IRS has gyrated from admissions of lost emails and then recovered emails, the request by Hillary Clinton to just trust her judgement is a hard pill to swallow. The fact that the White House was aware, at least as late as August 2014 though President Obama claimed no knowledge, reveals yet another level of incompetence in the Obama Administration. Piling onto this is the fact that Rep. Trey Gowdy has publicly noted that there are gaps in the self-approved emails sent by Hillary Clinton of months with some publicly known State Department trips missing altogether. The result is yet another embarrassment for the nation.
For President Obama, and the presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton, this fiasco is a direct clarification of exactly how transparent Government has become under their leadership. It stands in stark contrast to the promises of 2007
“It also came despite his [President Obama] – and her [Hillary Clinton] – promises of improved government transparency. And despite her 2007 criticism of Bush administration use of “secret White House email accounts.””
Perhaps the worst revelation to be revealed by the latest scandal affecting the Obama Administration is the supposition that the word of Hillary Clinton is all that is needed to bypass scrutiny by the public or the press. While Mrs. Clinton has made a big deal of announcing the request to release all emails sent to the State Department, she has also deflected from the reality that only she is aware of what was given to the State Department and what has be deleted. Even if every document submitted is exactly what should have been provided in the first place, and every deleted document were a personal love note to former President Bill Clinton, the question of what she could be hiding is valid and omnipresent.
How this may affect that presidential hopes of Hillary Clinton is unclear. But as an example of the leadership of the Obama Administration it is yet again a clear indication that something has gone wrong. Either way, a mere press conference will have no lasting impact on the results.