I pitty the poor lawyer who had to read them all, especially since I suspect every senior officer in the company had received the same subpoena. It must have amounted to terabytes of data and reams of paper or, more likely, hundreds of CDs.
In the end, exactly one of my emails drew the interest of opposing counsel, and I had to spend some time in deposition explaining it, including the early hour at which it was written which seemed to arouse their suspicion (or maybe it was sheer incredulity).
So I can sympathize with Hillary Clinton. No one likes having their email published for the world to see. Much less explain any of it.
But surely she anticipated this eventuality, especially given the Benghazi investigations, which incredibly persist to this day and will probably drag on through the first term of her presidency should she run and win.
Which brings us to the first PR lesson for today: hope for the best but plan for the worse.
Back in 2008, when she was asked what email handle she wanted, she should not have asked herself, "What would look best to my friends?" but "How will my enemies react to this?"
"Clintonemail.com" probably looked clever back then, but you'd think someone who lived through Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, and mysteriously appearing law firm billing records would realize many of the family's enemies (and even some friends) suspected her and her husband of occasionally hiding things.
The corrolary lesson: Find someone you trust to look at what you're doing as skeptically as your worse enemy. The sharp focus that made you successful can also narrow your peripheral vision.