The New York Times recently broke a story about Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for business related matters during her tenure as Secretary of State. If the allegations are indeed true, Clinton likely broke rules and possibly committed a crime in doing so. Allegedly, Clinton set up a personal email server in her New York residence. Aside of the obvious security issues with using a personal email server to conduct top-secret government business, critics also claim she broke rules in regard to keeping records of official business.
"It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.
Clinton is not the first Secretary of State official to use personal email for business use but the law requiring such officials to use government email accounts was enacted in 2009. Clinton did not use a government email account during her tenure as Secretary of State. She solely relied on her personal email account.
More details about this scandal are sure to be released in the coming weeks and months. Clinton did respond to the allegations and asked the State Department to begin releasing some 55,o00 documents she turned over to the department. Critics claim there is no way to be certain if all the emails can be accounted for since they are on her own personal server. On Sunday, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R - South Carolina) claimed there are significant gaps in emails that have been turned over by Clinton. In fact, Gowdy claims no records exist from Clinton's infamous trip to Libya. Are politicians simply playing the political game gearing up for the 2016 election, or is this a legitimate scandal?
Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace, interviewed Lanny Davis on Sunday to discuss the allegations. During the heated exchange, Wallace accused Clinton of breaking several rules while Davis continually pushed back. Watch the heated exchange below.