Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Last Straw Hillary's Email Scandal Could End Her White House Quest

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Last Straw Hillary's Email Scandal Could End Her White House Quest

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The Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation accepted huge contributions from foreign governments - including dictatorships hostile to America - while Hillary was secretary of state, The Wall Street Journal reported Feb. 17.

Ms. Clinton conducted all of her official business on a private email server installed in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., The New York Times reported March 2.

The greatest relevancy of Hillary's secret communications cache "is what the emails might reveal about any nexus between Clinton's work at State and donations to the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation from U.S. corporations and foreign nations," said Ron Fournier of the National Journal.

"The emails are a related but secondary scandal," a longtime Clinton adviser told him. "Follow the foundation money."

Hillary chose the United Nations as the venue for a news conference Tuesday to address the burgeoning scandals, presumably because cumbersome accreditation procedures there pretty much would restrict attendance to journalists who cover the U.N.

Ms. Clinton seemed irritated to have to answer any questions, and she cut them off after about 20 minutes. But in those 20 minutes, she dug the hole she was in deeper.

The private server was for Bill's benefit, Hillary said.

It was installed in 2009, when she became secretary of state, not in 2001, when Bill left the White House. A spokesman for Bill said he's sent just two emails his entire life, both while he was president.

The server was secure, because the Secret Service guards the Chappaqua estate, Ms. Clinton said.

She knows hackers don't need to be where a computer or server is physically located to break into it but evidently hopes the rubes in Flyover Country don't.

Foreign intelligence services almost certainly have hacked her server, experts say. In 2013, a hacker named "Guccifer" sent four of her emails to RT News, a Russian news service funded by the Kremlin.

She used the private server because she didn't want to lug around two phones, Hillary said. …

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