Refusing to directly answer whether or not she violated State Department policies in using a private email account and server during her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton repeated obfuscatory talking points she and her operatives have deployed across the length of her presidential campaign.
In a live interview on Sunday, left-wing ABC’s George Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked Clinton if she accepted the following conclusion of a report from the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General examining, in part, her use of private email and server with which to conduct governmental business:
OIG 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. According to the current Chief information Officer (CIO) and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs. However, according to these officials, Department of State (DS) and Information Resource Management (IRM) did not - and would not - approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) and the security risks in doing so.
OIG found no evidence that Secretary Clinton ever contacted Information Resource Management (IRM) to request such a solution, despite the fact that emails exchanged on her personal account regularly contained information marked as sensitive but classified (SBU).
“Do you now accept their conclusion that your exclusive use of a personal account was not allowed? That you broke State Department rules?” asked Stephanopoulos. “You were the only one who had exclusive use of a personal account,” added Stephanopoulos. “And [OIG] were very, very clear.”
“I did what those before me did,” said Clinton. Unlike previous Secretaries of State, her personal email was complemented by a personal server located in her potentially vulnerable Chappaquiddick home.
Widespread knowledge of her personal email account and server among State Department employees, implied Clinton, authorized her conduct.
“Rules [pertaining to record-keeping] were not clarified” until she left State Department, claimed Clinton.
Stephanopoulos then inferred a more direct response to the original question.
On the Second Amendment, Clinton refused to describe an individual’s right to bear arms as a “constitutional right,” adding that all constitutional rights are “subject to reasonable regulations.”
“The rest of the American public has a right to require certain kinds of regulatory responsible actions to protect everyone else,” said Clinton.
The late Antonin Scalia, stated Clinton, had done away with what she described as a “nuanced understanding” of the Second Amendment across American history.
Lawsuits against firearm manufacturers should be permitted, said Clinton, adding that federally defined “comprehensive background checks” should be implemented.
“Can’t we do better than to have 33,000 people killed by guns every year?” conclusively asked Clinton.
Stephanopoulos has yet to ask Clinton about allegations of corruption with respect to the Clinton Foundation. No questions were asked about possible compromise of national security secrets resulting from Clinton's email conduct. Also avoided were any questions about the possible criminality of Clinton's email conduct with respect to her nondisclosure agreement and the Federal Records Act.
He formerly helped manage Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign, subsequently working as the former president's press secretary.
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