Allen B. West

Hillary’s illegal secret email: the real question is what was she trying to hide?

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As a Member of Congress, I had an official House email address for which official business had to be conducted — as well as all Congressional office staff. The purpose of that was to ensure that if there was a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) request we could easily comply. Now, it was a fine line to walk ensuring that no campaign or personal matters were conducted over that official email system — as well as social media.

Everyone in our Congressional office was briefed on our responsibilities and the code of conduct standards for being on an official government Internet system. I remember our briefings conducted by our Chief of Staff on the subject.

So I’m sitting here listening to what is a major breach of protocol by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — who for four years used her personal email in her official capacity.

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Now I wonder if the Department of Justice is going to be bring forth charges against Clinton? Hate to remind outgoing Attorney General of his recent witch hunt against former Army General David Petraeus — who just pleaded guilty.

So where is the outcry from the progressive socialist left about “justice” and decrying the potential divulging of state secrets and classified information? At least we do know that Ms. Paula Broadwell maintains a classified security clearance. But hey, perhaps this is just another example of the Bizarro World which is now America — because up is certainly down.

However, this is a very serious matter.

As reported by, “The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton’s emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family’s home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press.”

“The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting access to her message archives. It also would distinguish Clinton’s secretive email practices as far more sophisticated than some politicians, including Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin, who were caught conducting official business using free email services operated by Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. Most Internet users rely on professional outside companies, such as Google Inc. or their own employers, for the behind-the-scenes complexities of managing their email communications. Government employees generally use servers run by federal agencies where they work.”

Can you imagine if this were a former Republican secretary of state and a potential presidential candidate? Yeah, I know, but then again, are there two sets of rules — well, actually, one set of rules for one set of people which do not apply to the other.

There is no doubt or debate that this occurred, yet you have members of the Democrat party doing their doggone best to dismiss and excuse this — move along, nothing new here.

Doesn’t it bother liberal progressives to know that the Madam Secretary — and not the CBS show folks, this is for real — was conducting the business of this Constitutional Republic on personal email traced back to a personal server in her own home?

And get this, the home was under the guard of U.S. Secret Service agents — so in other words, the American people paid to secure the illegal behavior of Hillary Clinton. Yes, this is illegal. But what is more disconcerting is why was this done? Yeah, I know, “what difference at this point does it make?”

Well, just like the question of why the false narrative of Benghazi — it was an anti-Islam video — why did Hillary Clinton conduct official U.S. business on a personal email system based from a personal server in their personal home?

Fox News writes, “Individuals who operate their own email servers are technical experts or users so concerned about issues of privacy and surveillance they take matters into their own hands. Clinton has not described her motivation for using a private email account, [email protected], which traced back to her own private email server registered under an apparent pseudonym — for official State Department business. Operating her own server would have afforded Clinton additional legal opportunities to block government or private subpoenas in criminal, administrative or civil cases because her lawyers could object in court before being forced to turn over any emails. And since the Secret Service was guarding Clinton’s home, an email server there would have been well protected from theft or a physical hacking.”

And what makes all of this very, well, suspect is this little tidbit, “It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which the AP traced to a mysterious identity, Eric Hoteham. That name does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or Internet background searches. Hoteham was listed as the customer at Clinton’s $1.7 million home on Old House Lane in Chappaqua in records registering the Internet address for her email server since August 2010. The Hoteham personality also is associated with a separate email server,, and a non-functioning website,, all linked to the same residential Internet account as Mrs. Clinton’s email server.”

“In November 2012, without explanation, Clinton’s private email account was reconfigured to use Google’s servers as a backup in case her own personal email server failed, according to Internet records. And, in July 2013, five months after she resigned as secretary of state, Clinton’s private email server was reconfigured again to use a Denver-based commercial email provider, MX Logic, which is now owned by McAfee Inc., a top Internet security company.”

So does Hillary Clinton get to walk away from this free and clear? And how does this happen for four years without the White House knowing? Ladies and gents, I did a little research and this does amount to a felony — “willfully and knowingly conceals or destroys government records.”

So now the Select Committee on Benghazi has requested her emails — guess what, there’s now a reason why they haven’t been forthcoming. And worse, you have to ask, do the personal emails of Hillary Clinton fall under FOIA?

I have no doubt Hillary Clinton had classified documents on her personal email and stored through a personal server in her own home — that is a misdemeanor. And you cannot tell me that Clinton in her four years NEVER sent or received classified information. Hillary and her staff have been deciding what of her emails should be released — that is criminal, a felony.

Once upon a time, Hillary Clinton attacked the Bush administration about secret emails — her chickens have come home to roost. Well, I’m waiting for Attorney General Eric Holder to do something…yeah, I know. The duplicitous hypocrisy is beyond laughable. It is frightening but expected from progressive socialists who believe themselves above the rule of law.

America, we have to stop electing them!

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