It is curious that in addition to the IT specialist who set the system up for the private server and then was hired by Hillary Clinton to serve her IT needs at the State Department also appears to have no record of emails at the State Department. That's what the State Department announced this week in what seems like a footnote to all of this speculation, but in reality is rather quite astonishing. Why are the emails of the guy who advised Hillary Clinton on how she could erase a large number or her emails (he was the one who actually wiped the 30,000 emails from the Chappaqua server) missing from the State Department when he worked there for four years?
As for Obama, as an attorney and as president overseeing the Department of Justice, he did Hillary Clinton a favor by focusing on the classification issue and saying it was nothing serious. He knows that he should not be weighing in when the Department of Justice and FBI ultimately report to him. It was hardly his finest moment.
JB: Astonishing, indeed. Would you care to speculate whether the ongoing revelations trickling out will have any effect on the primaries or the general election?
MK: Only an indictment of either a Hillary Clinton staffer or the candidate herself would have an impact. And I personally think that is only going to happen if the IT consultant/staffer given immunity by the Department of Justice can personally show that Hillary Clinton or a staffer instructed him to take actions in programming the private server and deleting emails that violated the law. Will that occur? I have no idea.
JB: Fascinating to conjecture, isn't it? Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?
MK: I think just about everyone is exhausted with this election. We started with 21 candidates between the two parties (remember O'Malley and Chafee on the Democratic side?). It looks like we will end up with two major party candidates with the highest disapproval ratings among the 21 who started. This is definitely going to be an election where the majority of votes will be cast in opposition to either candidate rather than for either candidate.
JB: Could be. Thanks for talking with me again, Mark. It's always a pleasure.
Past interviews with Mark:
Perusing the News with Editor, Mark Karlin 9.7.2015