This week Hillary Clinton gave a press conference about her of use of a personal email address that was managed through her own private server while she was Secretary of State. Shortly after that the Associated Press sued the State Department for release of her emails. At issue? AP Executive Editor Kathleen Carroll explained, "The Freedom of Information Act exists to give citizens a clear view of what government officials are doing on their behalf. When that view is denied, the next resort is the courts." Let's have a look at what different sides are saying about this story.
Snippets from the Right
"Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called Clinton's press conference 'completely disingenuous' in a statement released late Tuesday.
'If she had an ounce of respect for the American people, she would have apologized for putting our national security at risk for 'convenience,''Priebus said. 'She would've agreed to hand over her secret server to an independent arbiter. And she would’ve reassured the nation that her influence is not for sale to foreign governments. She did none of that.'
Gowdy said he wants to see Clinton turn her server over to a third-party arbiter who can determine which docments should be public and which should remain private."
Snippets from the Left
"If we have a high ranking public official concerned that her emails are up for grabs because the opposition party seeks to undermine her and the president she works for, she will (perhaps should) do what is necessary to protect her immaterial, unfiltered thoughts that made their way into emails.
… when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Freedom of Information Act, he acknowledged its pros and cons. Yes, it was important that secrecy be lifted so that the public could have information but, there were some secrets that were just as important: 'Officials within Government must be able to communicate with one another fully and frankly without publicity. They cannot operate effectively if required to disclose information prematurely or to make public investigative files and internal instructions that guide them in arriving at their decisions.'"
Snippets from the Center
"Clinton sent or received 62,320 total e-mails while heading the State Department, and deleted 31,830 that she deemed personal.
Clinton said she 'chose not to keep' personal e-mails, such as those related to daughter Chelsea's wedding in 2010 or the funeral for her mother, Dorothy Rodham, who died in 2011. 'No one wants their personal e-mails made public and I think most people understand that and respect that privacy,' she said.
Filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the complaint says 'AP seeks the records in question from the State Department to inform citizens both regarding the operation of their government and regarding Secretary Clinton's official actions as Secretary of State.'"