Why isn't Trey Gowdy running for president?

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It has been a hit for the Republicans: At the beginning of March it was announced that the former US Secretary of State and likely candidate for the Democratic presidency, Hillary Clinton, during her time as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, all of her official e-mail correspondence was via a private one Account had settled. Now there are new allegations in the affair.

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Clinton apparently deleted all correspondence on her personal computer. This was announced by the Republican chairman of a congressional committee, Trey Gowdy. He relied on information from Clinton's lawyer David Kendall, who, according to the New York Times (“NYT”) and other media, defended the ex-minister's actions as completely legitimate.

Accusation of secrecy

Gowdy, on the other hand, spoke of an unprecedented process. By cleaning up the computer, Clinton took away the opportunity for the population to find out more about her work as US Secretary of State (2009 to 2013). Clinton, who is considered the most promising Democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential election, came under heavy pressure from the email affair.

The Republicans accuse the former Secretary of State and First Lady of secrecy. They threatened legal action. Clinton may have violated laws that state that officials' correspondence is government property.

Support from Democrats is waning

Clinton also lost support for running for president among her own party friends. According to the latest Reuters / Ipsos poll, only 45 percent of Democrats would support their candidacy. In mid-February it was 15 percentage points more. Clinton has not yet announced whether she will run in the election.

According to a report by the “NYT”, she did not have an official e-mail address during her four-year tenure as foreign minister. Employees also did not save their emails on the ministry servers. Instead, the data was stored on a server located in Clinton's mansion in upstate New York.

Private e-mail address for "convenience"

"I thought it was easier to carry just one device for my work and personal mail than two," said Clinton. In retrospect, she realizes that it would have been wiser if she had used two devices from the start. Instead of a private email account, she would have better used the government's and a separate cell phone, Clinton said.

For "convenience", however, she decided at the time to only use her private e-mail address. Handling business and private correspondence from one device was simply "more practical". When the State Department asked them to hand over all work-related emails to the agency, Clinton eventually released 30,000 correspondence - sorted out by a dedicated team. She then deleted the rest, another 30,000 private emails, says Gowdy.

"Fully complied with every regulation"

Clinton had said, however, that in her four years as Secretary of State she had broken no rules, nor did she send any classified material. "I followed every regulation completely," said Clinton. The security of the private e-mail server that had been set up for her husband and ex-President Bill Clinton was guaranteed at all times. Your private server was protected from hacker attacks. “There was no data security breach,” she said.

Publication planned

The US State Department wants to check Clinton's official emails and make them public in a few months. The mails are to be made available on a government website on the Internet, said Foreign Office spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki. First, however, these would be checked, which will likely take several months, Psaki continued. The publication could thus fall into the Democratic primary campaign, if not even into the actual election campaign.

The announced release called Clinton an "unprecedented step" to dispel doubts. The e-mails should be published in a blackened version on the Internet in a few months. Details about Clinton's private life should also be kept under lock and key or blackened, such as trade secrets.

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