White House press secretaries are used to spinning questions from the media, it’s a huge part of their job. But sometimes there’s just no answer. Such was the case when Robert Gibbs, former press secretary for President Obama, was asked by Matt Lauer on the Today Show to explain why Hillary Clinton exclusively used her private email as secretary of state.
Lauer asked, “Can you give me one good reason why she might have done that?”
“Honestly, I can’t, Matt,” Gibbs replied. “I think it is, obviously, highly unusual.”
But Gibbs didn’t stop there. He mentioned the briefings all White House employees receive upon entering employment in the executive branch that informs them that all their communications are to be preserved to comply with the Federal Records Act.
“There are lots of briefings that you have when you, certainly when you go into the White House about preserving any email that you have, making sure that it’s part of your official account,” Gibbs said. “I think it’s something they’re gonna have to explain in good measure today, and probably figure out how to get a lot of those emails, or as many as they can back into the archives.”
“It provides a layup – doesn’t it Robert, for her critics who say this is all about a lack of transparency as she prepares for a run in 2016? You can’t go back and look at those emails?” Lauer asked.
“I think there’s no doubt,” Gibbs replied. “I think this is another one of those things that the Clinton campaign, such as it is, is gonna have to explain. And I think it’s much easier for critics to explain why they don’t exist than it might be for her to explain why she used a private email.”
[h/t Free Beacon]