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The State Department Inspector General has released his report confirming that Hillary Clinton violated federal rules when she used a private email server to conduct official business while serving as secretary of state.
“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” an audit by the State Department Inspector General, obtained by NBC News said.
“Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the [State] Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”
However, the audit also concluded that Clinton’s non-compliance was not unique. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell also failed to preserve official emails, and “as of May 2016 the Department has not received a response” from Powell, the audit said.
But Powell isn’t running for president; Clinton is, and it’s clear that it will become an issue during her campaign.
“While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes, in reality, the Inspector General documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other Secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email,” Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said.
GOP will attack HRC because she is running for President, but IG report makes clear her personal email use was not unique at State Dept
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) May 25, 2016
But Powell used a commercial; email service; Clinton used a private server located in her basement.
The report also indicated that State Department officials in charge of information security weren’t aware of the extent that Clinton relied on her private server, that she never asked for permission to use it and that such permission would not likely to have been granted.
Clinton has also insisted that since most of her official emails went to and were received from government accounts, she was preserving her communications via those official addresses.
However, the audit refuted that claim, and said that “sending emails from a personal account to other employees at their Department accounts is not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a federal record.”
And Clinton was well-aware of that. In November of 2010, Clinton senior aide Huma Abedin told Clinton that they should “talk about putting you on state email,” because emails sent from her server weren’t always being received.
Clinton replied, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”
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