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Clinton Continues To Lie In Face Of State IG Report

- May 26, 2016

Today In An MSNBC Interview, Clinton Claimed Her Personal Server Was "Allowed…" QUESTION: "But this report said that you, quote, had an obligation to discuss using your personal e-mail and that you didn't. How can you really say that it was allowed? Was it an error of judgment?" CLINTON: "Well, it was allowed and the rules have been clarified since I left about the practice. Having said that, I have said many times it was a mistake. And I if could go back, I would do it differently." ( MSNBC, 5/26/16)

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Politico Headline: "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules" (Rachael Bade, Josh Gerstein, and Nick Gass, "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules,"Politico, 5/25/16)

NBC News Headline: "Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds" (Ken Dilanian, "Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds," NBC News, 5/25/16)

Reuters Headline: "Clinton Email Server Broke Government Rules, Watchdog Finds" (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Email Server Broke Government Rules, Watchdog Finds," Reuters, 5/25/16)

Regulations Implemented In 2005 Prohibited The Use Of A Personal Server To Conduct Government Business On A Regular Basis. " The Department's current policy, implemented in 2005, is that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized Automated Information System (AIS), which 'has the proper level of security control to … ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information.' The FAM defines an AIS as an assembly of hardware, software, and firmware used to electronically input, process, store, and/or output data." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

According To The OIG, The State Department's Response To Ambassador Gration's Use Of A Personal Email On A Daily Basis Is How The Department Would Normally Respond To Such Behavior. "OIG identified many examples of staff using personal email accounts to conduct official business; however, OIG could only identify three cases where officials used non-Departmental systems on an exclusive basis for day-to-day operations. These include former Secretaries Powell and Clinton, as well as Jonathan Scott Gration, a former Ambassador to Kenya. Although the former Ambassador was not a member of the Office of the Secretary, the Department's response to his actions demonstrates how such usage is normally handled when Department cybersecurity officials become aware of it." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

  • Gration Left His Position As U.S. Ambassador To Kenya Shortly Before An OIG Report Was Released That Was Highly Critical Of Him And Cited His Repeated Use Of Unsecure Internet Technology. "The U.S. ambassador to Kenya, J. Scott Gration, a close adviser and friend of President Obama, announced his resignation Friday, weeks before the scheduled release of a U.S. government audit highly critical of his leadership at the embassy. Gration did not provide specific reasons for moving on from what he described as 'his dream job.' But in an e-mailed statement, he said that 'differences with Washington regarding my leadership style and certain priorities lead me to believe that it's now time to leave.' The audit by the State Department Office of Inspector General found that Gration repeatedly violated diplomatic security protocols at the embassy by using unsecured Internet connections despite warnings, according to a former State Department Africa Bureau official who has seen a draft of the report." (Susdarsan Raghavan, "U.S. Ambassador To Kenya J. Scott Gration Resigns Over 'Differences' With Washington," The Washington Post , 6/29/12)

" State Department Regulations Mandated Normal Day-To-Day Operations Should Be Conducted On Department Equipment, But Clinton Failed To Do So And OIG Found No Evidence That Clinton Ever Sought Permission For Her Set Up. " Throughout Secretary Clinton's tenure, the FAM stated that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized AIS, yet 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." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

According To State Department Officials, The State Department Would Not Have Approved Clinton's Exclusive Use Of Personal Email Because Of Existing Prohibitions Against It And Security Risks. "However, according to these officials, 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." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)


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