What if you had used your private email account……?

On a normal day, this story would have led the newscast.  Of course, most of the media today is talking about the amazing speech by the Primer Minister of Israel.

Nevertheless, the Clintons are doing their magic again, or pushing ethics to the limit.

Today, we learned this about Secretary of State Clinton:

Hillary Rodham Clintonexclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department.

Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.

It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department.

All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department.

Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

“It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business,” said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.”

You can’t make this up, as people like to say.

The story also calls into question Secretary Cinton’s judgement.   Didn’t it occur to her, or aides, that using a personal account was a bad idea?  or maybe illegal given that this is government business?

We will keep an eye on this story because it will be a big problem for Mrs Clinton.

Email Shows State Department Rejecting Request of Security Team at US Embassy in Libya

From ABC News:

ABC News has obtained an internal State Department email from May 3, 2012, indicating that the State Department denied a request from the security team at the Embassy of Libya to retain a DC-3 airplane in the country to better conduct their duties.

Copied on the email was U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who was killed in a terrorist attack on the diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012, along with three other Americans. That attack has prompted questions about whether the diplomatic personnel in that country were provided with adequate security support.

No one has yet to argue that the DC-3 would have definitively made a difference for the four Americans killed that night. The security team in question, after all, left Libya in August.

But the question – both for the State Department, which is conducting an internal investigation, and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings next week – is whether officials in Washington, D.C., specifically at the State Department, were as aware as they should have been about the deteriorating security situation in Libya, and whether officials were doing everything they could to protect Americans in that country.

Watch the news broadcast video here.