The inspector general review is the latest nightmare for Clinton in the scandal over her renowned use of private email for State business.
The State Department’s inspector general has decided that Hillary Clinton did not abide with the agency’s record policies, singling out her usage of a private, unsecured email server for particular scrutiny. The IG went further and revealed that Clinton and her aides refused to take part in the review.
The independent watchdog’s 83-page document to lawmakers observed one of the major failures of the former secretary of state was not turning over her emails when she left office, as demanded by law. “Therefore, 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 review suggests.
“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,” it includes.
“In December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office, she turned over more than 30,000 emails she said represented all of her work related correspondence. She said she also exchanged about 31,000 personal emails during her time as secretary and those notes have been deleted,” The Washington Post noted.
Whereas present Secretary of State John Kerry and former secretaries Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice all cooperated with the review, Clinton and her former State Department aides Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin all refused to do so.
The IG review is separate from the FBI investigation into whether Clinton’s usage of a private, unsecured server violated the law with regards to the handling of classified data.
As revealed by Western Journalism, more than 2,000 Clinton emails were discovered to feature classified information, which includes 22 designated “top secret” and too noxious to be released to the public, even today.
When the account broke of Clinton’s usage of an unsecured server last spring, she explained to reporters “no classified material” was on it. Later in the summer, she stated it contained none that was “classified at the time.” In late January, she claimed no data had been “marked classified.”
The review comes at a challenging time for Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, as she has observed her lead in the polls in opposition to presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump disappear. Her lack of honesty and trustworthiness is one of the key factors identified by poll respondents who hold a negative perspective of her candidacy.
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