Writing for Firedoglake on Tuesday, columnist Peter Van Buren notes that the “most basic reason this all matters is because it is the law.”

Van Buren says that Clinton’s decision to use her personal email—which was registered through her own domain, clintonemail.com—was “deliberate, and included an effort to hide what she was doing.” Clinton’s email actions, Van Buren suggests, will likely come back to haunt the Democratic Party favorite once campaigns for the 2016 Election are underway.

“Clinton as a leader allowed herself to be held to lower standards than that of her own rank and file. This, along with the decision to hide the emails itself and the violations of law, will raise questions about what type of president she might make,” Van Buren writes.

According to the Times’ reporting, the record breach was only discovered two months ago when, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, the former Secretary’s advisers turned over 55,000 pages of personal emails to the department.

The Times notes that the revelation “echoes longstanding criticisms directed at both the former secretary and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, for a lack of transparency and inclination toward secrecy.”

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