Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hand over her private email server -- and a thumb-drive -- to investigators looking into whether she broke federal laws and protocols involving top secret communications, a spokesman said.
It’s the scandal that Republicans hope will fatally tarnish the political hopes of the former U.S. senator from New York, the Democrat who is, for now, expected to win her political party’s nod for the presidency.
The mainstream media is largely portraying this as Clinton crying “uncle!” after a daily drumbeat of reports that at best portrayed her as secretive and at worst, an arrogant liar.
So what’s the big deal? In a word: Benghazi.
Congressional Republicans have launched several investigations into the State Department’s handling, while Clinton ran the show there, of an attack in Benghazi, Libya that left the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans dead.
Clinton decided which emails to hand over to investigators when she was told to produce, something that has vexed her GOP opponents for months and red meat for conspiracy theorists.
Early in the Benghazi probes, Clinton famously lashed out at congressional questioners.
"Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night and decided they’d go kill some Americans," Clinton said in January 2013. "What difference – at this point, what difference does it make?"