I disagree. Its quite simple.
The General Services Administration provides an IT infrastructure for government communications. They do so, rather than just let everyone use Googlemail, for several reasons:
- To secure the systems to the highest level technically possible.
- To meet standards of document retention, should those correspondences be required for legal review and/or congressional oversight.
- To insure that correspondences of historical value are preserved.
All employees are required to use those systems for government business. Period. For those reasons.
What you’re attempting here is a “no harm, no foul” argument. Doesn’t work like that. She was expected to use the government systems. She didn’t, and every reason that can be envisioned as to WHY she didn’t indicates a trait which is to many is disqualifying for elective office.