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Even White House Won’t Defend Clinton Decision Not To Cooperate With IG Probe

- May 31, 2016

Today, At The White House Press Briefing, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, When Asked Repeatedly About The State Department Inspector General’s Report Into Clinton’s Email Use, Refused To Defend Her Decision Not To Cooperate With The Investigation. REPORTER: “I just wanted to turn to the inspector general report on Secretary Clinton’s email. I don’t know if you’ve had a chance to offer some reaction. It was clear that she did not, even though she said that the email situation was approved, that she didn’t seek approval, that she never demonstrated that her black berry met minimum requirements, security information requirements. Does the President still stand by the statement that he’s certain that Clinton did not endanger national security.” WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: “The President certainly stands by what he said in the past on this. When the president was given a chance to talk about this in Asia, He referred questions to Secretary Clinton’s campaign. They can obviously discuss the decisions that she made as secretary of state as they relate to her use of email. I think the focus of the white house has been on the institutional questions that have been raised about the way in which the state department manages its records and manages its email system. And, based on the report of the inspector general, this was a report solicited by the current secretary of state John Kerry, but according to this report there were specific recommendations that the inspector general put forth to the department of state about steps that they could take to ensure that proper record maintenance was being implemented. And, based on the IG’s examination of the situation, all eight of those recommendations have now been resolved in terms of the state department following through actually and implementing those recommendations that the inspector general had put forward. So, it is clear that the department of state is fulfilling its institutional responsibilities. That certainly is consistent with the president’s commitment to transparency and competence. For your more specific question about Secretary Clinton’s use of email I’d refer you to her able spokesman.” REPORTER: “Does the white house think that she should have cooperated in the IG’s investigation.” EARNEST: “Again, I’d have to refer you to Secretary Clinton’s team for how she handled those questions. I think what is clear from the IG that they took a broad look at what the department of state needs to do to ensure that they are in compliance with the relevant rules, but also to make sure they are handling these records in a way that is appropriate and consistent with the commitment that the president has placed on government transparency. Again, the inspector general had eight recommendations, all of which have been implemented by the department of state.” (White House Press Briefing, Washington, DC, 5/31/16)

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