This past week while car shopping with my Poppop, I learned a lot about the 2016 elections, especially about "Crooked Hilary" and the Benghazi scandal. I'll be the first one to admit that I'm not overly into politics, but I do follow along so I can chime in if I feel like it.
However, my family is not as laissez faire as I am.
So, I sort of sat there in the car, nodding where I felt it was appropriate, as Poppop started to get quite LIT over Clinton and the way in which the Obama administration handled the events that occurred in Benghazi.
If you are as clueless about Benghazi as I was (what the hell happened??), or you're a Clinton supporter who feels like he's missing the facts, then this article is for you.
The events that occurred at the American embassy in Benghazi have garnered a lot of speculation and opinion. Four years later, people still wonder if Obama and his administration, in addition to Clinton, handled the events that occurred on September 11, 2012 appropriately.
What you need to know:
Islamic militants started to protest outside of the American embassy in Benghazi. Shortly afterwards, gun fire began once militants reached the inside of the compound.
U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and Sean Smith, a State Department information management officer flee to the main building. After getting there, militants follow and set the building on fire. Stevens and Smith were later found dead, as well as two navy seals.
The last time an ambassador was killed in the line of duty was 1979.
Suspects in regard to Benghazi have since been arrested.
Clinton sent emails to her daughter from her private email account, clintonemail.com, of information that was not yet to be released to the public.
Here's how the nickname, "Crooked Clinton" came to fruition:
An hour after vaguely announcing that Americans were killed during the attack in Beghazi, Clinton sent this email to her daughter: "Two of our officers were killed in Benghazi by an al Qaeda-like group: the ambassador, whom I handpicked, and a young communications officer on temporary duty with a wife and two young children. Very hard day and I fear more of the same tomorrow."
This email account was used during the entirety of her term as secretary of state. This, millennials, is why many are outraged with Clinton. It's not about her style choices, the fact that she is a woman, or even the stances she takes on hot button issues.
People are enraged because while holding an esteemed position in the United States government, Clinton purposely continued to send 55,000 pages worth of emails to associates, including her daughter, from a personal email server. That's a lot of "top secret" information to be shared with people who were not meant to know that information in the first place.
The other issue is whether or not Clinton's private email server was breachable because it was not a .gov account or an account at Yahoo! or Google mail. Now, if Clinton had used a Yahoo! or a google account, it could've been argued that their teams are just as good as those who monitor .gov emails.
But, that's not the case, Clinton's email was on her own domain, meaning that she only had access to her own personal resources to monitor it. In fact, her Clintonemail.com email account was able to be hacked as later revealed by celebrity hacker Guccifer in 2013.
Since those emails were discovered, Clinton has been under investigation by the FBI, who agreed that, "Some of the materials in her private inbox were classified at some level" and that there may have been, "possible mishandling of sensitive information." But, as of July 5th, the FBI recommended that Clinton not be found guilty, even in they did find that she sent emails of the highest classification while in hostile territory abroad.