Hillary Clinton, as we always knew, is a criminal.
The State Department Investigator General released an 83 page report on Hillary Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 – and ripped her over and over again for corrupt practices and lies.
Here are six of those lies, debunked:
1. Hillary said she set up the private server for convenience, not to shield her communications from public scrutiny. That isn’t true. The report notes:
In November 2010, Secretary Clinton and her Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations discussed the fact that Secretary Clinton’s emails to Department employees were not being received. The Deputy Chief of Staff emailed the Secretary that ‘we should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.’ In response, the Secretary wrote, ‘Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.’”
2. Hillary told the public over and over again that her personal server was secure. That, it turns out, was a lie, as Lachlan Markay points out; the report quotes a “non-Departmental advisor to President Clinton who provided technical support to the Clinton email system, who notified Hillary’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, ‘We were attacked again so I shut [the server] down for a few min.’” The Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations also emailed the other staff and told them not to email “anything sensitive” to Hillary.
3. Hillary stated repeatedly that she had been helpful and transparent in this investigation. Now the IG reports, according to Politico, that Hillary and her top aide, Huma Abedin, “chose not to cooperate with the IG’s investigation.” When the State Department IG asked her representative to turn over missing emails, Hillary’s representative wrote that she had “provided the Department on December 5, 2014, with all federal email records in her custody.” According to the IG, four immediate staff members of Hillary’s refused to answer questions. Those staff, too, failed to comply with the Federal Records Act.
4. Hillary stated that she had turned over all relevant emails. Not so much. According to the IG report:
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….Secretary Clinton’s production was incomplete.
What kind of emails were missing? Any emails from January 21, 2009 to March 17, 2009 for received emails, and January 21, 2009 to April 12, 2009 for sent messages. The IG noted that emails held by other agencies were missing from Hillary’s document production.
5. Hillary said she used a Blackberry for convenience. But she was explicitly told in March 2009 that Blackberries could not be fully secured, and Secretary Clinton said she “gets it.” She didn’t stop using the Blackberry, however.
6. Hillary said she was cleared by the State Department to use her personal server. This was untrue. The report states:
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…DS and 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 FAM and the security risks in doing so.
Further, Hillary didn’t seek to use “approved, secure methods to transmit [sensitive but unclassified] information.” She didn’t bother to demonstrate to the government that her “private server or mobile device met minimum information security requirements.” In fact, no State Department staff told the OIG that they had approved Hillary’s security system. Hillary didn’t just lie to the public about this. Her staff lied to the State Department directly, too.
There are legal penalties that attach to violating the Federal Records Act. Under 18 USC § 2071(b):
Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.
Legally, as Eugene Volokh explains, Hillary wouldn’t be formally disqualified from running for president. But any normal person who did what Hillary Clinton did here would spend time in jail and face severe fines, at the very least.
Thank goodness Hillary’s a Democrat, so she can violate America’s national security at will and get away with it.