“But My Emails”

There was some degree of humor in the Dept. of Justice's Inspector General's report.

One of the smaller pieces of information to come out of the Inspector General’s report on the Clinton email investigation that I wrote about yesterday is the revelation that some F.B.I. officials used personal email accounts for official business:

Former FBI Director James Comey used a personal email account to “conduct unclassified FBI business,” the Justice Department’s watchdog revealed in an explosive report on the bureau’s conduct in the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote that he found Comey’s use of personal email to be “inconsistent with Department policy,” citing what he called “the absence of exigent circumstances and the frequency with which the use of personal email occurred.”

Horowitz also revealed that FBI agent Peter Strzok used his personal email account for government business. Most notably, Horowitz wrote that Strzok forwarded an email to his personal account regarding a proposed search warrant for former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop computer. Horowitz wrote that the email on Strzok’s personal account contained information “that appears to have been under seal at the time” in federal court.

Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation last year after Horowitz’s office discovered anti-Trump text messages between him and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

Horowitz’s revelations are an ironic footnote to the Clinton investigation, which began with the revelation that the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee had used a personal email address to conduct official correspondence while secretary of state. On July 5, 2016, Comey announced that no charges would be filed against Clinton but noted that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

That prompted this response from former Secretary Clinton on Twitter:

On the off chance the Tweet is ever deleted, here’s a screenshot:

This is a play on a response that one often heard during the course of the 2016 campaign whenever an argument made about why Donald Trump should not be President. At least among Trump’s hardline supporters, the response would inevitably refer back to Clinton and the email controversy.

I don’t know if that Tweet was written by Clinton herself or an aide, but I will admit that I laughed.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. OzarkHillbilly says:

    The irony is strong with this one.

  2. teve tory says:

    Actual Fox News chyron last night:


  3. James Pearce says:

    On the off chance the Tweet is ever deleted, here’s a screenshot

    Slightly OT, but How is it that we’ve constructed for ourselves an almost Orwellian society after we read 1984? It was a warning. Not a roadmap.

  4. Liberal Capitalist says:

    What drop of water fills a cup?

    A weak republican primary field?

    Comey stepping up twice to discuss Clinton before the election?

    Russian influence via social networking?

    Pro-Trump Facebook employees being embedded in the Trump campaign?

    Water is all over the floor, and we are in an unexpected alternate universe where children are separated from parents, Americans are arrested for “looking” like immigrants, candidates with Nazi tendencies are elected by the GOP and southern racism is blooming. Canada is the enemy and North Korea is our friend.

    2 years, 7 months, 6 days.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Liberal Capitalist:

    2 years, 7 months, 6 days.

    Or to put it another way, an eternity.

  6. CSK says:

    OT, but CNN is reporting that Cohen is going to rat out Trump. Cohen is not happy with the way Trump’s been treating him.

  7. Kylopod says:


    Cohen is not happy with the way Tump’s been treating him.

    In other news, I’m unhappy that I’m still waiting for that truckload of cash I was promised from the Nigerian Prince.

  8. CSK says:


    Oh, quite. And…Trump said this morning that Cohen isn’t his lawyer.

  9. Kari Q says:


    What did he expect? Unless he had been in a coma for the past 30 years, he had to know how Trump would treat him.

  10. CSK says:

    @Kari Q:

    Well, when you’re a proud graduate of the absolute worst law school in the United States, who else are you going to work for?

  11. Jen says:

    @Kari Q: Trump’s been treating him like garbage for years. I think Cohen, in the grand tradition of hangers-on everywhere, assumed that since he knows so much that when push came to shove Trump would at least protect him if it came to that.

    And, unsurprisingly to any of us who know the frog and scorpion crossing the river fable, Trump is being true to his nature.

  12. the Q says:

    George W Bush disappeared after his term, Obama has done likewise….please Bill and Hill, take your ill gotten Foundation loot and speech money and have the class to just disappear. Youve done enough damage to the party.

    You neolibs will hate this but Bill made it clear how he paved the way for the wingnut lunacy supporting Trump. During the Melvin NBC interview, in defensive exasperation he said, “I dealt with it 20 years ago plus. And the American people, two-thirds of ’em, stayed with me.”

    So lets take you neolibs back to 1998 and the cigar in the puzzy and the disgraceful lying he did right to the face of the body politik and his selfish use of surrogates to also lie for him.

    Yet, as he stated, 2/3rds stayed with him because of peace, prosperity, jobs and an optimistic future. So what that he lied and dragged the country through the impeachment spectacle and wouldn’t resign to let Gore be President for two years which would have resulted in Gore’s election over Bush (incumbents hardly ever lose) thereby aborting the nightmare of Cheney, Bolton and the neocons.

    So, our side cheered on Clinton, because we liked his policies and overlooked his obvious flaws.

    And now along come the Trump supporters, who following the Clinton sycophants, are steadfast in their support, regardless of Trump’s lies and obvious ethical shortcomings, because they like his policies and overlook his obvious flaws.

    And now the Clinton birds come home to roost, the blind loyalty to party and not to morality.

    Clinton lies, the economy booms, Dems overlook his lies and horrible behavior. Trump lies, the economy booms and the wingnuts overlook his horrible behavior.

    We had a chance to make a stand with Bill and Hill but allowed those two grifters to use us and the party for their own aggrandizement just as the Donald used Stormy and the ex Playboy centerfold for his own use. So please don’t get on your moral high horse and claim the two are different. They’re not. Only partisan hacks would argue that Bill is different and it was only a consensual blow job. Just like Trump supporters claim its “locker room talk” and Trump’s “just being himself” to justify his horseschite.

    A lie is a lie. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy. Bill can say with conviction, “i can shove a cigar up the poon of my white house intern right in the middle of Manhattan and my supporters will still love me” and it would be just as valid as Trump’s famous quote.

    And now we have to put up with Hillary the last 18 months who just can’t let it go…..then Bill’s tone deaf Monica defense……

    I find the trump supporters exceptionally narrow minded in supporting this cretin because the economy is good and he’s kicking out mexicans, just as I found the support of Clinton’s equally warped partisans as totally misguided and myopic.

    So, please, some of you, stop criticizing the brain dead trumpettes for goose stepping in support of their flawed leader much the same way our side did for Bill. After all, Trump is just stealing from his playbook.