In a sworn deposition released by Judicial Watch, Cheryl Mills, one of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aides, reads an email exchanged between Clinton and a third aide:

And some of these are just aggregated. Because this second email page is actually still in the same traffic. It starts with the same, for future reference, this is my — my Gmail. Thanks. And then she has the same thing, that’s all I have. And then it says, you’ve always emailed me on my State [Department-issued email]. And then it says, weird, since my address book has your Gmail. Maybe the Chinese hacked it. And focuses on you. Which at least I interpret as a joke. (page 139)

Few things are more surreal than sworn testimony about a then-sitting secretary of state not only using a private email server as a parallel communications platform to get around official government correspondence, but also joking about the Chinese hacking that email server, which almost certainly happened.

Displaying incredible hubris, Hillary Clinton enjoyed the power and prestige of public office while also scorning the transparency aspects of being a civil servant. That hubris (and insecurity, as evidenced in other emails that display her paranoia about how she is portrayed in the media) led then-Secretary of State Clinton to create an alternate and unofficial communications platform, enabling her to avoid both Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and potential Department of Justice investigations.