For all the noise about Hillary Clinton’s email problem there doesn’t seem to be a broken law anywhere, and there’s precedent for private email servers for high ranking government officials. Doyle McManus:
Let’s not mince words: Clinton screwed up. Instead of using the State Department’s email system, she decided to send business messages through a private, unsecured system set up by a former campaign aide. That was contrary to State Department policies, some of them promulgated by Clinton herself.
Why did she do it?
Clinton said she decided to use a private server as a matter of “convenience.” To many of us, it looked more like a Clintonian urge to keep control over information. Either way, it wasn’t her decision to make. After months of public criticism, Clinton eventually acknowledged that she’d erred.
But did she commit a crime?
Which would require a law to break, instead of a policy to ignore.
Washington lawyers who specialize in national security law say the answer is “no.” While Clinton’s gambit was foolish and dangerous, it wasn’t an indictable offense.
The laws governing the misuse of classified information require that the offender knew the material was classified and either delivered it to someone who wasn’t authorized to receive it or removed it from government custody “with the intent to retain” it.
Much ado over not much, but a steady stream of fodder for the hater clan.