Thursday, May 26, 2016
State Department Inspector General Takes a Howitzer to Hillary's Email Lies
The State Department Office of the Inspector General said in a report sent to Congess Wednesday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her senior aides did not comply with State Department record-keeping policies. The IG found that by exclusively using her personal email account routed through a private server Clinton circumvented policies designed to follow federal records laws and may have jeopardized official secrets. The report said Hillary never requested permission to use the personal server, located at her New York home, and that such a request “would not” have been approved, in part, because of “the security risks in doing so." The IG also found that : (1) Clinton “never demonstrated” to State Department security officials that her personal server or BlackBerry device “met minimum information security requirements.” (2) Clinton’s decision not to use an official email ending in state.gov “is not an appropriate method” of preserving emails under the Federal Records Act. (3) Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. (4) At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she didn't, she did not comply with department policies implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act. ~~~~~ The State Department IG report blows a howitzer-size hole in everything Clinton has said to try to defend her use of a private unsecured email server. Those who have persistently criticized her use of a private server may now, with official Obama administration Inspector General support, say 'lies, all lies.' ~~~~~ In addition to the State Department IG, an inspector general for US intelligence agencies and the FBI are conducting separate investigations related to Clinton’s server and the possibility that government secrets were mishandled or federal recordkeeping laws disobeyed. The State Department is also defending FOIA open records lawsuits alleging that her use of a personal server violated federal procedures. Current and former Clinton aides are scheduled to give depositions in two of those lawsuits, and Clinton herself may be forced to answer questions in a deposition under oath. ~~~~~ In what may be the first steps that will turn Clinton's email cover-up into Hillarygate, the Washington Post editorial board Wednesday condemned her exclusive use of a private email server during her four years as Secretary of State, calling her actions an “inexcusable, willful disregard for the rules.” The Post’s editorial board called on the FBI to quickly finish its own investigation into the matter : “While not illegal behavior, it was disturbingly unmindful of the rules. In the middle of the presidential campaign, we urge the FBI to finish its own investigation soon, so all information about this troubling episode will be before the voters.” ~~~~ The New York Times article on the IG report said : "It is not just that the inspector general found fault with her email practices. The report speaks directly to a wounding perception that Mrs. Clinton is not forthright or transparent. After months of [her] saying she used a private email for convenience, and that she was willing to cooperate fully with investigations...the report...undermined both claims. Mrs. Clinton, through her lawyers, declined to be interviewed by the inspector general....And when staff raised concerns about the wisdom of her using a nongovernment email address, they were hushed by State Department officials..." Hillary's problem, said the NYT : "Voters just don’t trust her." ~~~~~ Dear readers, the leftist WP and NYT didn't mince words. It was a bad day for Hillary’s White House chances. As the WP put it : "No one will come out of this news cycle -- with the exception of the hardest of the hard-core Clinton people - believing she is a better bet for the presidency on May 25 than she was on May 23." --- "Crooked Hillary."