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When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton neglected to surrender all her official emails upon leaving office, the department’s inspector general acknowledged that she violated federal record-keeping laws.
What he didn’t report was that this has been her standard practice for decades, since at least her years in the White House while serving as first lady — and on an even grander scale.
During those years Clinton was at the center of numerous scandals, including Whitewater, Travelgate and Filegate, which were also the subject of investigations.
When Republican lawmakers and special prosecutor Ken Starr subpoenaed more than one million emails related to those scandals, the Clintons couldn’t produce them — they gave the old “the dog ate my homework” excuse.
It was their claim that they’d enigmatically disappeared and blamed it on a “glitch” in the West Wing computer system.
The subpoenaed emails covered an entire two-year span — 1896 to 1998.
Clinton has been burying emails since she was first lady.
This was the first lady’s strategy to bury sensitive White House e-mails and it became known internally as “Project X,” according to The New York Post, which reported:
Despite separate congressional investigations and a federal lawsuit over Project X, high-level e-mails dealing with several scandals were never turned over. And the full scope of Bill and Hillary Clintons’ culpability in the parade of scandals was never known.
To those well-versed in Clinton shenanigans, this all sounds distressingly familiar.
Thanks to another server-related problem, Clinton so far has gotten away with withholding more than 30,000 e-mails from congressional committees investigating the Benghazi terrorism cover-up, Clinton Foundation foreign-influence peddling and other scandals.
The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch has two lawsuits pending against the former secretary of state — one related to Benghazi and the second over her private email server.
“This Clinton email scandal is nothing new,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Post. “There were previous efforts to hide emails in the Clinton White House.”
Judicial Watch had also subpoenaed the White House emails back then without luck. In their lawsuits now pending, the Justice Department moved late Thursday to shield Clinton from being deposed.
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