On Monday, the Washington Post carried an editorial titled “The public deserves answers, not stonewalling, from Hillary Clinton.” The piece began:
A paramount test for those running for president is how they make decisions — how they absorb information, what principles they carry and how it is all processed to a final choice.
Yesterday, the former secretary of state took that test. She held a press conference to answer critics from both sides of the aisle regarding the week-old revelation that she maintained a private email account while serving in that high-ranking post.
So how did she do? One detail from her statement provides a window into “what principles” she would carry into the White House if elected. She said that the private email server kept in her home would remain private, explaining that she used it to store “personal communications from my husband and me.” She added that “no one wants their personal emails made public, and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy.”
Just one problem: According to Matt McKenna, a spokesman for the former president, Bill Clinton does not use email. He did use email twice, both times during his presidency. He emailed John Glenn 1998 when the former senator and astronaut made a return trip to space. Clinton’s message read simply, “Hillary and I had a great time at the launch. We are very proud of you and the entire crew, and a little jealous.”
Clinton’s other email was to U.S. troops serving in the Adriatic.
In a piece this morning at the normally Clinton-friendly Atlantic, David Graham summarized Hillary’s overall response yesterday as “You’ve just got to trust me.”