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Clinton’s Emails Were Not Saved By The State Department

- October 11, 2015

Clinton: “In Meeting The Record Keeping Obligations, It Was My Practice To Email Government Officials On Their State Or Other .Gov Accounts So That The Emails Were Immediately Captured And Preserved.” HILLARY CLINTON: “Secondly, under the Federal Records Act, records are defined as reported information, regardless of its form or characteristics, and in meeting the record keeping obligations, it was my practice to email government officials on their state or other .gov accounts so that the emails were immediately captured and preserved.” (Hillary Clinton, Press Conference, New York, NY 3/10/15)

The State Department Only Started Automatically Preserving Emails In February, More Than Two Years After Clinton Left The State Department. “The State Department only last month started automatically preserving dozens of high-level officials’ emails, according to a department spokeswoman, a revelation that comes amid the controversy surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s own email use. This is key because Clinton, in her news conference on Tuesday to answer questions about why she exclusively used a private email address to communicate during her tenure, told reporters she’d thought her communications to senior department officials were always saved.” (Kevin Bohn, “State Dept. Email Archiving Process Puts Clinton On The Spot,” CNN, 3/14/15)

A State Department Inspector General Report Said That In 2011, The Department Had Saved Only 61,000 Out Of 1 Billion Emails Sent, Or About .00006 Of All Emails. “However, Department of State employees have not received adequate training or guidance on their responsibilities for using those systems to preserve ‘record emails.’ In 2011, employees created 61,156 record emails out of more than a billion emails sent. Employees created 41,749 record emails in 2013.” (“Review Of State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset and Record Email,” Inspector General, United States Department Of State, 3/1/15)

“The Inspector General Found That Of The One Billion Emails Sent In 2011, Only 61,156 Were Preserved. That Number Dropped To 41,749 In 2013.” “In a report released Wednesday, the inspector general found that of the one billion emails sent in 2011, only 61,156 were preserved. That number dropped to 41,749 in 2013.” (Mario Trujillo, “IG Report: Problems With State Email Records,” The Hill, 3/11/15) 


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