- The Washington Times - Monday, March 9, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of private email addresses to conduct official State Department business during her tenure as secretary of state is “unethical, no doubt illegal, and flies in the face of all claims of transparency,” Sarah Palin argued Monday.

The former Alaska governor wrote in an op-ed Monday for Fox News that Mrs. Clinton and her staff “weren’t trying to be in compliance with the law; they were skirting it altogether.”

“As Secretary of State under Obama, Hillary Clinton used private email accounts on a privately maintained server 100 percent of the time for 100 percent government business,” she wrote. “She hasn’t handed over the server to any independent party for review, and it’s already too late to do so because for all we know someone might have already deleted any trace of incriminating emails to and from Secretary Clinton and her aides.

“This is the opposite of open and transparent government and obviously doesn’t follow the rules,” Mrs. Palin continued. “Unfortunately for America, we have no way of knowing what’s already missing from among Secretary Clinton’s emails. In fact, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chair of the House select committee investigating Benghazi, explained that the emails she submitted to his committee contain huge gaps spanning months.”

Mrs. Palin said the American public should “demand more from anyone who wants to be president someday,” as well as from the “self-described ‘most transparent administration in history.’”

“Good luck finding those missing emails,” she wrote. “And good luck getting a straight answer from the Obama administration as to why no one in the White House noticed that the Secretary of State wasn’t using a government email account.”

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