Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

Hillary Clinton has been all over politics for many years; she was the First Lady of Arkansas for 9 years and First Lady of the United States for 8.  After that, she was a U.S. Senator from New York and most recently, Secretary of State from 2009-2013.

In early 2013, it came to the public’s attention that Hillary Clinton had used the same email account for work and personal use during her time as Secretary of State.  This account was on a private server of the Clinton family which was located in their house in Chappaqua, New York.

Her email account contained a total of 62,320 emails sent and received from March 2009 to February 2013. About an even split of personal and work related emails were found in the server.  Clinton said she did this out of pure convenience and that more than 100 State Department and U.S. Government colleagues knew about this.

Even if all these emails were on a Government server and device, this would still be a problem simply because it contained both personal and work related emails.  Clinton said most of the private emails were concerning her daughter’s wedding plans, her mother’s funeral, family vacations and some yoga routines.

Although none of the emails were marked as classified at the time sent, nearly 2,100 emails on the server have been changed to classified by the State Department. This includes 65 emails deemed secret and 22 deemed Top Secret.

Clinton said, “My predecessors did the same thing, and many other people in the government” such as Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State from 2005-2009, and Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State from 1997-2001. However, they did not use these emails when they were in office like Clinton.

At this point, Clinton will probably not be facing any charges due to these emails.  In her run for presidency many who support her do not want to see her go away.