That’s the number of ‘private’ emails Hillary Clinton claims she “chose not to keep”. We know that Bill doesn’t email (wink, wink, but that’s what we’ll go with for the sake of argument). Hillary tells us these were private emails concerning planning Chelsea’s wedding and the like. So lets do just a bit of math.
Four years as Secretary of State. Approximately 1450 days in office. That’s about 21.9 private emails per day. A study was done by the Radicati Group studying email usage – http://www.radicati.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Email-Statistics-Report-2014-2018-Executive-Summary.pdf
Business users send and receive on average 121 emails a day in 2014, and this is expected to grow to 140 emails a day by 2018
Of the 85 emails received on average each day by a business person, 75 are legitimate. 36 are sent. According to Clinton, only 30,490 emails were turned over to the State Dept. as non-personal, business related emails. Meaning she only sent or received about 21 business related emails per day. About 100 below the average of the common business person.
Makes one wonder if there were more given the responsibility of the position. Even combining her reported private and personal emails only results in about 43 total per day.
Perhaps she was too busy dealing with the State Dept. direct cables. They get about 1.4 million per year and as Clinton informed us, “They are all addressed to me. They do not all come to me. They are reported through the bureaucracy.”
You may recall that she claimed to have never seen the security requests for Benghazi.
“I was not aware of that going on,” she said. “It was not brought to my attention, but obviously it’s something we’re fixing and intend to put into place protocols and systems to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Hmmm. She didn’t get anywhere near the email that an average business person gets in a day even when you include her private emails. She wasn’t too busy reading direct cables. Just what did this woman do to earn her check?
Does the well under average number of emails mean it’s just the same old vast right wing conspiracy out to get the Clinton’s? Or does common sense lead one to believe given the position that the odds are likely that many, many more emails existed at one point? Is it common sense to believe that a Secretary of State would be likely to have far more communications than the average schmuck at the Acme Widget Company?
We also haven’t even factored in that other Clinton cohorts were utilizing @clintonemail.com addresses. Clinton hasn’t admitted to the fact that others were utilizing her private server yet. Did the 62,320 emails include all players? Certainly not likely since Clinton is still in denial as to their existence.
The GOP will continue to put the squeeze on to get Clinton to give full access to her server, but does anyone really think she would be so careless as to leave incriminating evidence on it?
As a departing government official, Clinton would have had to submit a form OF109, which is a separation statement acknowledging that she had turned over all government business related material both classified and unclassified when she left office. Clearly, she is caught here. She either falsified the document by signing it or never signed it. By her own admission, she ‘voluntarily’ turned over her State Dept. emails two years after leaving office. Falsifying documents is an offense worth up to 8 years of hard time if conditions are met.
I would imagine her defense will be that since the recipient of her emails had their copy stored on a government server, her legal counsel advised her that turning over her own copies was merely duplicitous. Who knows if that would hold up in court but the bigger picture as always is actually getting one’s hands on the emails that were not turned over if they still exist. I tend to doubt it as Clinton would know that any email she hid on her own server would exist at the recipient end server and could later be recovered. Kind of defeats the purpose of having a hidden server, wouldn’t you say?