Congressman Ron DeSantis joined me to strat today’s show. Congressman DeSantis is chair of the National Security Subcommittee of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Most of our time is spent on the national security implications of Hillary’s “homebrew” server, but at the end of our conversation, Congressman DeSantis indicates a strong likelihood of running for the Senate if Senator Rubio seeks the GOP presidential nomination:
HH: The big story of the day is what Josh Earnest had to say earlier today. And to talk about that with me is Congressman Ron DeSantis from the great state of Florida. He’s a member of the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee. Congressman DeSantis, welcome back, it’s always a pleasure to speak with you.
RD: Hey, Hugh, how are you?
HH: I’m great. I’ve got a little bit of a cold. I don’t know if you’ve escaped it. I’ve got a lot of a cold, actually. But let me play for you, Congressman, an exchange at the White House earlier today about Hillary Clinton’s Homebrew email system and the President communicating with her.
Reporter. We heard it from the President in his interview with CBS about this, and he said that he first became aware of it in news reports last week. So I’m wondering if implicit in that is that the President and Secretary Clinton never emailed one another when Secretary Clinton was serving at the State Department.
JE: That may be one conclusion to draw from the President’s remarks, but it would not be an accurate one. The President, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with his Secretary of State. I would not describe the number of emails as large. But they did have the occasion to email one another. And the point that the President was making is not that he didn’t know Secretary Clinton’s email address. He did. Bu the was not aware of the details of how that email address and that server had been set up, or how Secretary Clinton and her team were planning to comply with the Federal Records Act.
HH: Now Congressman DeSantis, you’re on Oversight. Do you find that response credible at any level?
RD: Absolutely not. I mean, just for, one is you have the transparency issue. The reason you have a Federal Records Act is so that the American people know what goes on in the Executive Branch. Hillary clearly wanted to avoid that scrutiny, so she sets up her own email system. But I’ll tell you, for the President, if he’s trading emails with her, the first thing I would think of is okay, if this is the email you’re using, are you using classified information. Are you discussing affairs of State if this is your only email address? And that, anybody who’s been in the executive branch or the military knows, that is a huge, huge no-no, and it appears that this is the only email address she was using, or its only domain. That would absolutely have not been acceptable to discuss sensitive matters on. Continue Reading