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Hillary’s presser in a nutshell: Just trust me

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a news conference at the United Nations in New York March 10, 2015. <br/> REUTERS/Mike Segar (UNITED STATES – Tags: POLITICS)
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It was Hillary Clinton at her worst.

First, she began tooting her own horn about working for women.  Then she slammed Republicans for sending a letter making clear that for an Iran deal to be binding, it must have approval from Congress.

Then she got to the emails. That’s when things got dicey.

She kept one device for personal and business use because it was “convenient”,  but then she turned over everything that could “possibly” be work related. How do we know there wasn’t something work-related but unflattering? She assures us it is so. Was she briefed about security risks? She answered with a non-answer: She never sent anything classified. She said in retrospect it could have been done better but she insisted she complied with all rules. How do we know it was secure? It was in a secure compound and there were no breaches, she said. (Umm, but what about risking a breach?) Will she turn over the server. Nope. It is staying private, she announced.

In a nutshell, she said, trust us– even if she herself did not follow the rules others were expected to comply with. She would have us believe that she did everything by the book. It is not an answer that will put to rest concerns about her obtuseness and secrecy.

As for taking money for her foundation from countries that abuse women, she insisted her foundation does good work. She gave no hint that there was any appearance of impropriety or hypocrisy. To admit that would suggest she is capable of feeling shame. We know otherwise.

Within a few minutes after her press conference two discrepancies came to light. First, while she claimed to be using only one device for “convenience” two weeks ago she said just two weeks ago that she had used two phones. In addition, while claiming that personal emails with her husband were on the destroyed emails, Bill Clinton has said he did not use email.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) who heads the Benghazi Committee put out a statement following her press conference, which read in part: “Without access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server, there is no way for the State Department to know it has acquired all documents that should be made public, and given State’s delay in disclosing the fact Secretary Clinton exclusively used personal email to conduct State business, there is no way to accept State’s or Secretary Clinton’s certification she has turned over all documents that rightfully belong to the American people.” He’s right about that.

Democrats, at least some, will now rally to her side. Republicans would be wise to pipe down and let her stumble into an uncontested primary. If this is the person whom Democrats intend to market as a servant of the people, who is above-board and trustworthy, then the Democrats should go for it. But really, is there no liberal potential contender who is wondering how in the world she is going to get through press conferences, debates and negative ads with this attitude of remorselessness and entitlement? You wonder where her polling is going to be in a week or so.

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