According to a deposition released Friday, the now-famous photo of Hillary Clinton checking her email on her Blackberry was at least partially responsible for raising questions about her email use with State Department officials.
Apparently, those “Texts from Hillary” we’re actually emails, routed through an unsecure bathroom server in New York.
The testimony, released by Judicial Watch as part of their ongoing FOIA litigation against the State Department, is from an official who saw the photo and immediately inquired as to whether Clinton had managed to switch to a “state.gov” email.
“When Mrs. Clinton’s photo appeared in the media with her using — appearing to use some sort of a mobile device, Clarence Finney checked with [information management staff] to confirm … whether the answer was still that she did not have a State.gov e-mail account,” State Director of Executive Secretariat Staff Karin Lang testified, according to POLITICO and Judicial Watch.
We’re all pretty aware, at least now, of how that inquiry ended.
More importantly, maybe, was Lang’s follow-up testimony that aides in Clinton’s office, seemingly blissfully unaware of her private email use, routinely failed to collect her materials for preservation. Even though she was splashed across the net tending to her tech, none of the aides were checking to see whether what they were collecting was complete (or, alternatively, were simply “forgetting” the private email existed).
The State Department took no action against Clinton at the time; they didn’t even question how she could see her Blackberry with those sunglasses on.