For the last three years, the State Department’s inspector general has been investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State, and the game-changing results are in.
After claiming throughout her entire campaign that she didn’t do anything wrong by using a homebrew server to transmit sensitive information, Clinton took a major blow today when the report revealed that she didn’t comply with federal policies on public records with her actions. According to Politico, the report, which Hillary and her top aides, including Huma Abedin, didn’t cooperate with, admitted to the State Department having “systematic weaknesses,” but called out Clinton specifically for the server that was located in her New York home.
“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.”
Additionally, the report slammed Clinton for not getting permission for the server from the people who would have had to approve the technology, despite having an “obligation to discuss using her personal email account” with them.
“However, according to these officials, [the relevant people] did not — and would not — approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email,” the report said, which is likely why 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 long-awaited findings from the inspector also revealed that Clinton was reluctant from the start to use a government email address, and a damning 2011 email exchange with Huma Abedin, Clinton flat-out refused to go on the State Department server because she didn’t want any chance of someone from the government seeing any persona emails.
“We should talk about putting you on [S]tate email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam,” Abedin wrote.
Clinton responded: “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”
While many already knew that Clinton’s actions as Secretary weren’t exactly within the confines of the law, this report is sure to cause even more headaches for Clinton’s floundering campaign while providing even more ammunition for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump to attack his target-rich competitor with. It also obliterates Clinton’s repeated claims that her private server was both approved by the State Department’s legal team and allowed by the agency.
After reading this, it’s pretty safe to assume that FBI Director James Comey’s investigation into Clinton will likely turn up some serious foul play by Clinton and her aides. All we can hope is that Obama’s Justice Department, headed by Loretta Lynch, has the integrity to follow through with indicting the ice queen and finally serving justice to the woman who believes she’s too big to jail.