Friday, May 27, 2016

Inspector General: Hillary Clinton's Email Practices Violated Record Keeping Rules

The inspector general just concluded its own internal audit of Hillary Clinton’s emailing practices and found that she violated agency policies on record-keeping.

The State Department watchdog concluded that Clinton's use of a private email server broke rules that exist to comply with the Federal Records Act stating….

"Secretary 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," the report states. "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

The watchdog also...

"found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server."

The report did however mention “many examples of staff using personal email accounts to conduct official business,” including former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan Scott Gration, who served from mid-2011 through mid-2012.

The State’s inspector general’s report concludes was that Clinton didn’t do what she was supposed to, though it also notes widespread email issues across the tenures of five secretaries of state as well as their top staffers.

Brian Fallon

Clinton campaign aid Brian Fallon responded to the report saying…

"The report shows that problems with the State Department's electronic record keeping systems were longstanding and that there was no precedent of someone in her position having a State Department email account until after the arrival of her successor,"

In the end this story will undoubtedly be seen by her detractors as incontrovertible proof that Clinton is untrustworthy and looked upon by her admirers as much adu about nothing.

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