In a development which could rupture her presidential ambitions, the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released a 79-page account of its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server installed in her New York home while she served as Secretary of State.
The exposures in the OIG report wholly contradict Clinton’s previous statements regarding her private e-mail server.
Among the revelations in the OIG report: Secretary Clinton demonstrated an unwillingness to use a State-approved e-mail account; State employees who expressed reservations with Clinton’s private server were told to remain silent; Mrs. Clinton took steps to conceal the existence of the private server in her home by refusing to seek or receive approval to conduct official duties on the server; and permission to use a private server would not have been approved by State officials.
Additionally, the report verified attempts to hack into Clinton’s private server and Mrs. Clinton routinely used non-secure mobile devices without exercising due diligence on whether the device was secure.
Stating Secretary Clinton had an “obligation to discuss using her personal email account,” the report scolded the Democratic front-runner for skirting State Department policies:
“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. 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.”
While the report largely revolves around Clinton’s use of a private server, the study drew the conclusion the agency suffers from “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” with records which “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State.”
Neither Mrs. Clinton nor top aides, particularly Huma Abedin, were willing to cooperate with the State Department’s internal review.
Hillary has come to believe her own lies.
This report demolishes Clinton’s re-occurring declarations she broke no rules and was allowed to receive, send, and store classified or top-secret material on a non-secure address and server.
The rationale for which Clinton maintained a private server has never been debated: She chose a distinct, independent e-mail system because it yielded advantageous legal circumstances to her and would have allowed her to unreservedly frustrate or delay legal demands to compel her to turn over e-mails in civil or criminal cases.
More troubling than her notorious evasions is the fact Clinton was blithe about the server’s security: Private servers are never as dependable as those which are overseen in data centers. Unlike servers protected by data centers, Clinton’s server was never safe from external infiltration and did not have the security blanket provided by such structures which constantly monitor against and thwart security breaches.
Unable to explain a handful of new and damaging disclosures and lacking the power to resurrect the timeworn excuse this report is the outgrowth of the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” Hillary can only hope her ensemble cast of minions and spinsters are able to concoct a conceit clever enough to cast doubt on what could injure her campaign, force some independents who question her trustworthiness into full-fledged retreat or, worse, send undecided voters into Donald Trump’s bosom.
Team Clinton’s response to another glaring example of her dubious behavior suggesting she simply followed the practice of her predecessors at State will do nothing to silence the wave of questions certain to follow the revelations contained in the OIG’s report.
The FBI’s report is coming next, and with it possible criminal indictments.
[Washington Post] [The Guardian]