During the first Democratic primary debate, Bernie Sanders famously declared that people were sick of hearing about her “damn emails.” Little did he know that he probably could’ve been the nominee had he pressed that issue, because it was one that gave Donald Trump plenty of firepower.
All we knew at the time was Hillary had lied constantly about why she opted to use a private server — over and over again — to send classified information. We also knew she deleted 33,000 of her emails when she came under scrutiny, which should’ve raised some red flags.
Her political career is now over nonetheless, but more information is coming out about her email server practices, and it was worse than any of us thought.
According to the Daily Caller:
In “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that in 2008, after losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, then-New York Sen. Clinton “instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign’s server and download the [email] messages sent and received by top staffers.”
The purpose of the project was to expose staffers who Clinton believed were disloyal to her during the campaign, The Wall Street Journal writes in a review of “Shattered,” which relies on more than 100 sources.
The spy campaign shows that Clinton “possesses an almost Nixonian paranoia about treachery and, second, that her use of a private email server at the State Department was never the naive ‘mistake’ she pretended it was,” The Journal’s review reads.
“In fact, she didn’t want anyone reading her emails the way she was reading those of her 2008 staffers.”
As we all know, she would go on to use that private server as Secretary of State.
The Clinton staffers who conducted the review are not named in “Shattered,” but some clues were laid out in emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account last year.
Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s campaign IT director and the technician who managed her State Department server, was identified in one Sept. 3, 2015 email as retrieving emails from Clinton’s campaign system.
“Bryan was the one who retrieved all our emails for Maura to read,” Neera Tanden, Clinton’s 2008 campaign policy director, wrote in a Sept. 3, 2015 email, which was published by WikiLeaks in October.
That date is significant because it was when Pagliano invoked his Fifth Amendment in refusing to testify to the House Select Benghazi Committee about his work on Clinton’s State Department server.
Pagliano was hired at the State Department in May 2009. Clinton paid him out of pocket to set up her server and to conduct maintenance on it when needed.
In addition to pleading the Fifth during the Benghazi Committee hearing, Pagliano refused to show up to a House committee hearing last month despite being subpoenaed to appear. He also took the Fifth in a deposition with Judicial Watch, the watchdog group that has sued the government over Clinton’s emails.
If she’ll spy on even those who work for her, thank God she doesn’t have the power to spy that being president would give her.
[Note: This post was written by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]