State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules


A State Department watchdog concluded that Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the agency’s policies on records while using a personal email server that was not approved by agency officials even though it should have been, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday.

The long-awaited findings from the agency’s inspector general, which also revealed Clinton expressing reluctance about using an official email account and apparent hacking attempts on her private server, were shared with Capitol Hill Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO. It’s the latest turn in the headache-inducing saga that has dogged Clinton’s campaign.

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Looks like another bad day in the Clinton camp.

Politico reports that the State Department inspector general has concluded that Hillary Clinton violated State’s recordkeeping protocols. The finding is contained in a much anticipated report provided to Congress today. Significantly, the report also reveals that Clinton and her top aides at State — Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, Huma Abedin, and possibly others — refused to cooperate with the IG’s investigation despite the IG’s requests that they submit to interviews. The report is devastating, although it transparently strains to soften the blow. For example, it concludes that State’s “longstanding systemic weaknesses” in recordkeeping “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State.” Yet, it cannot avoid finding that Clinton’s misconduct is singular in that she, unlike her predecessors, systematically used private e-mail for the purpose of evading recordkeeping requirements. “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. By failing to do so, and compounding that dereliction with a failure to “surrender] all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service,” Clinton, the IG finds, “did not comply with the Department’s policies.” This articulation of Mrs. Clinton’s offense is also sugar-coated. By saying Clinton violated “policies,” the IG avoids concluding that she violated the law. But the IG adds enough that we can connect the dots ourselves. The “policies,” he elaborates, “were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.” To violate the policies — as Shannen Coffin has explained here at National Review — is to violate the law. The IG report elucidates that Clinton and her aides knew this to be the case. Politico notes: The report states that its findings are based on interviews with current Secretary of State John Kerry and his predecessors — Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, but that Clinton and her deputies declined the IG’s requests for interviews. Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and Huma Abedin are among those who did not cooperate with the investigation. The importance of this goes unstated but we can connect the dots. When a government official or former government official refuses to answer questions in a formal government investigation into potential wrongdoing, this in effect is the assertion of a legal privilege not to speak — otherwise, there is no valid reason not to cooperate. So what conceivable legal privilege do Clinton, Mills, Sullivan, and Abedin have that would allow them to refuse to answer investigators’ questions? Only one: the Fifth Amendment privilege — i.e., the refusal to answer on the grounds that truthful responses might be incriminating.

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Well, there’s a BFO headline…

(Blinding Flash of the Obvious)


I wonder if her defenders will finally admit the obvious, that she intentionally violated the law to avoid mandated oversight?

No surprise everyone involved is pleading the ‘fifth’


I read Hillary and Huma have not been cooperating with the IG. wouldn’t that be a sign of guilt?


Bad day for clinton = good day for America!


Satan laughs at anyone voting because he understands the “lesser of two evils” is still evil, and he’s trapped those in his Web of lies who vote, knowing either way God has been forsaken by the gullible, and he wins.

Fortunately he may win this battle, but in the end he loses the war…just a shame he’ll take so many souls with him.


In what sense?

Every politician that has ran for president has some dirty secrets. These 2 are no different. How can God let those who vote for either Trump or Clinton go to hell?


I wonder why Bush/Cheney used a private email server…

Clearly, the government needs to figure this stuff out.


Bush had two email accounts, one for government business and another for the RNC business which isn’t an issue unless the private server is used for government business. Government business by their own guidelines has to be done on an official government account. Hillary never used a server but opted to do government business admittedly on her private server. 2009 and 2013 guidelines I imagine her team must have had knowledge of.


H Clinton is the lawbreaker in chief - refusing to cooperate is akin to taking the 5th Amdt.
Her underlings are obedient to her demands.

Does anyone know anybody else that has been so flagrantly criminal and has avoided due process for so long besides the Clintons? Al Capone, John Gotti, stretched it out for quite some time.


I hope that this does not help Sanders as much as I don’t like Clinton. She is the lesser of two evils.


I don’t understand how she can even be running for president.
she and Bill must laugh themselves to sleep at night.


And this is someone that was secretary of state and refuses to cooperate with State Dept. Think about that, she wants to run the country when she can’t even communicate with the state dept let alone her mess running the office in charge if international affairs.

And thats after all the good good talk about she has nothing to hide. :rolleyes:


I learned about the age of five that the “everybody does it” defense does not work very well.


Inspector General said clearly Clinton broke Federal rules with private server.

I’m innocent and did nothing wrong and willing to talk to anyone she has repeated weekly .She said “I can’t wait to talk to investigators” “I encourage all my people to talk” which is clearly another outright lie as she refused to speak and is pleading the fifth.

Obviously Hillary didn’t want the very government which employed her to have access to her emails and against explicit State Dept guildlines. Hillary was informed of all this in a two week briefing before she started her work at the WH. Hillary never asked for permission for a private server, nor would she have ever been given permission. She did wrongly whatever she desired with complete disregard for national security and knowingly.



Well, guess this is E-mail Thursday instead of Friday! State Dept and Inspector General just don’t have much authority over Hillary. Won’t cooperate! Hmmmm. Whatever, should we do with these people who have soooo much power over the American people???


it is unbelievable how she believes she is above it all!


I imagine Obama would feel agitated, considering he said she did nothing wrong

Obama Grumpy After Reporter Asks About Hillary Clinton Emails


If she won’t admit it, why would her supporters? :rolleyes:

The real question is what will happen now? Will she be indicted for anything? Or is this just something that will be alluded to, but nothing will ever come of it? That is my fear. And it will embolden her and everyone like her.

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