Not a criminal offense

To the Journal editor:

In response to the “Investigation needed” Letter to the Editor on July 28, the writer states that Hillary Clinton committed a criminal act in allowing her private email server to be hacked while she served as Secretary of State.

I have to ask then, what crime did she commit? It is legal for government agents to use private email servers for their job. Colin Powell did it. Others have admitted doing so.

In October 2014, U.S. State Department officials requested the private emails from her and several of her predecessors. And it was up to each individual to decide which emails were government business and which were private.

In November 2014, President Obama amended the Presidential and Federal Records act to include electronic records. Before that time it was not required to forward them to the National Archives in a given time.

I should point out this was long after Hillary Clinton resigned as Secretary of State. It’s clear that Hillary Clinton did not knowingly share classified information with any enemy of the United States.

Is Hillary Clinton to be blamed for the failure of her internet provider to supply proper security? If someone hacks your emails, are you to blame? At the end of you letter, the writer places a hash tag HillaryforPrison. I have to ask. Do you know what the penalty is for failing to follow the Presidential and Federal Records act? It is administrative punishment, not criminal.

In other words, it’s not a crime at all. One last point I would like to make. Do you remember when administrators in the last Bush administration were held in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over 22,000 emails?

The 30,000 emails that Hillary Clinton deleted have been recovered. How many of the Bush administration emails deleted or lost from private servers have been recovered? Why aren’t you calling for President Bush or his Secretary of State to be jailed?

Even if you had, you would, of course, be wrong, because again, the punishment for failing to do so is administrative, not criminal.