The Hillary Clinton Email Saga, By The Numbers

The US State Department is about five months into a review of 30,000 work-related emails sent and received over a private server by Hillary Clinton in her capacity as Secretary of State. Set aside the issues of government transparency and cybersecurity that have been well parsed. The question that immediately springs to mind for anyone reading this blog is: How can it take five months to review 30,000 emails, let alone the eight months that are projected to actually complete the project?

The long answer deals with a complicated intermingling of national security, international diplomacy and government bureaucracy.

The short answer is “paper,” as in the Dunder Mifflin-endorsed format in which Ms. Clinton’s lawyers produced her email. Because they had to. Instructions regarding email in the Foreign Affairs Manual, which bounds the State Department, require that:

“Until technology allowing archival capabilities for long-term electronic storage and retrieval of email messages is available and installed, those messages warranting preservation as records (for periods longer than current E-mail systems routinely maintain them) must be printed out and filed with related records.”

(Whether such technology was available is perhaps a question worth asking.)

That this is a lo-fi undertaking, perhaps necessarily so, goes without saying. What deserves more attention is the effect the government’s records response infrastructure, tools, and processes are having on the people who are footing the bill and the justice system on which their democracy is built.

Given the labor-intensive nature of the effort, and the potential for certain email to literally trigger an international incident, the State Department has deployed a fleet of staffers and specialists to complete the review according to requirements imposed by court rulings in several civil lawsuits brought against Clinton under the Freedom of Information Act. The State Department has also enlisted the help of other federal agencies who have been tapped to weigh in on the significance of various potentially classified or otherwise sensitive messages.

The project — with its data processing and cataloging, multi-tiered review for relevance and confidentiality, collaboration among physically dispersed and often siloed departments, moving deadlines, and rolling productions — closely approximates a sensitive electronic discovery undertaking. And, should the cause celebreof it all not grab you, the saga if nothing else makes for an intriguing thought experiment as to how legal teams would conduct reviews if they knew one mistake would land their clients on the front page of every newspaper and website in the country.

In the below infographic, we summarize the Clinton email saga according to some of its most telling figures.

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The Hillary Clinton Email Saga, By The Numbers

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  1. The e-mail issue concerning Hillary Clinton’s personal rule-making is just dragging along at the slowest speed possible. The “fix” is in, the Democrat Party has no one else IT WANTS to run for President. Senator Sanders’ campaign is a surprise even to the Democrat Party. The most important single issue that is meaningless to the Democrat hierarchy is honesty, a matter that is far exceeded in Democrat-land by quest for power.

    Now, the calculation of “whatever it takes, even lying” is being successfully challenged by Sen. Sanders who honestly admits that he’s a Socialist, and campaigns under his personal Socialist banner. So far, he’s scared the daylights out of the Democrat Party, it is as tied in knots as the Republican Party is with Trump. What neither political party realizes is, the public is fed-up with the lies, the cover-ups, and it’s those parties that brought this upon themselves. Perhaps both parties should become a part of dirty politics that have failed this nation and should be buried forever.

    In the interim, Hillary keeps stating she will not be declared guilty, but why would she know that about herself? Instead, one or two of her close accomplices are going to fall on their swords for her, in order to keep open Hillary’s political possibilities. What is so ridiculous is how any Democrat can have any faith in her, would want to elect her. I am convinced that none of this matters to Democrats, for what are lies and cover-ups anymore than a means to possible political success, if enough promises are made to rob the job creators by transferring wealth to the drones?

    And, what if the entire FBI investigation clearly implicates Hillary Clinton? So what? The matter would have to be referred to A.G. Loretta Lynch, she who is owned by Obama, and there the matter will languish. The nation will know of Hillary Clinton’s guilt, no matter what the formal charge becomes. We won’t forget Benghazi, the wasted American lives there, the lies that were given to the nation concerning why Benghazi, why Libya, in the first place. This was American government brought to us by the 44th President, the worst in U.S. history and possibly forever,(let us hope and pray) and the political party that betrayed this nation for eight years of power and law-breaking.

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