December 17, 2015

Three Reasons Clinton’s Private Email Use Is Worse Than Ash Carter’s

Last night, the New York Times reported that, like Secretary Clinton before him, Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a private email account for work purposes in the first few months he served as Secretary.

Unlike Clinton, however, Carter stopped using a private email shortly into his tenure. Furthermore, he immediately identified the practice as a “mistake”:

“After reviewing his email practices earlier this year, the secretary believes that his previous, occasional use of personal email for work-related business, even for routine administrative issues and backed up to his official account, was a mistake,” said the spokesman, Peter Cook. “As a result, he stopped such use of his personal email and further limited his use of email altogether.”

The difference between Carter and Clinton’s handling of this situation could not be more stark:

1. Carter only conducted work business on private email for two months; Clinton did so the duration of her 4 year tenure.

2. Carter immediately admitted the practice was a mistake; Clinton stonewalled for more than six months before uttering the word “mistake” because it was a public relations nightmare for her campaign, not because she believed it was wrong.

3. And the cherry on top: Clinton used a private server housed in her basement.

Underscoring the concerns over Carter’s email use, his former staff told The New York Times they were concerned the Secretary would be hacked:

Mr. Carter was assigned a government email account when he became defense secretary in February but continued the use of the private account. In contrast to Mr. Cook’s statement, a former aide to Mr. Carter said the defense secretary used the personal account so frequently that members of his staff feared he would be hacked and worried about his not following the rules.

Clinton only admitted her use of private email was a mistake because she was tanking in the polls, and she will say or do anything to win.