"How Clinton’s Email Scandal Took Root"--(the issues at stake here from what we now know)..
How Clintons email scandal took root
By Robert O'Harrow Jr. March 27
The vulnerability of Clintons basement server is one of the key unanswered questions at the heart of a scandal that has dogged her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.
Since Clintons private email account was brought to light a year ago in a New York Times report followed by an Associated Press report revealing the existence of the server the matter has been a source of nonstop national news. Private groups have filed lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act. Investigations were begun by congressional committees and inspector generals offices in the State Department and the U.S. Intelligence Community, which referred the case to the FBI in July for counterintelligence purposes after determining that the server carried classified material.
The FBI is now trying to determine whether a crime was committed in the handling of that classified material. It is also examining whether the server was hacked.
One hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to run down leads, according to a lawmaker briefed by FBI Director James B. Comey. The FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election.
The Washington Post reviewed hundreds of documents and interviewed more than a dozen knowledgeable government officials to understand the decisions and the implications of Clintons actions. The resulting scandal revolves around questions about classified information, the preservation of government records and the security of her email communication.
From the earliest days, Clinton aides and senior officials focused intently on accommodating the secretarys desire to use her private email account, documents and interviews show.
Throughout, they paid insufficient attention to laws and regulations governing the handling of classified material and the preservation of government records, interviews and documents show. They also neglected repeated warnings about the security of the BlackBerry while Clinton and her closest aides took obvious security risks in using the basement server.
Senior officials who helped Clinton with her BlackBerry claim they did not know details of the basement server, the State Department said, even though they received emails from her private account. One email written by a senior official mentioned the server.
The scandal has pitted those who say Clinton was innocently trying to find the easiest way to communicate against those who say she placed herself above the law in a quest for control of her records. She and her campaign have been accused of confusing matters with contradictory and evolving statements that minimized the consequences of her actions.
This para was on interest to those who claim the Benghazi investigation was not relevant to the emails:
State and NSA said it couldn't be done, because the State Dept. isn't set up like the WH and didn't have the budget--it boggles the mind. So since she couldn't get the exact setup she wanted, she just ignored the IT advisors, ignored the national security requirements of her position, and did whatever the fuck she felt like it--including making her personal IT guy a POLITICAL appointment at State so he could be a conduit between State and her basement server. I suspect the reason why she insisted on a personal device (she refused an offer of a standalone desktop at her State office) away from government prying eyes was to combine all the Clinton Foundation/Global Initiative dirty shit with State Dept business on one system, much easier to mix up that business and keep it private. In short, corruption. The mishandling of classified material is probably but a sideshow to the real story here.