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Hillary's Legendary Lies: Secret Server Scandal

- June 19, 2016

As Lie After Lie Has Been Debunked, And Her Story Has Unraveled, Clinton Still Won't Tell The Truth About Her Reckless Email Setup


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Hillary Clinton has been lying to the American people from the very beginning of her email scandal, and as it rolls on, she continues to dig in and lie.
  • Clinton lied about any classified material being on her secret server, with the State Department upgrading over 2,000 emails as classified, including 22 deemed Top Secret.
  • Clinton claimed "everybody" knew she was using a private account, despite the State Department's rebuke that "no one had a full and complete" understanding of her secret email set up.
  • Clinton lied about the nature of the FBI investigation into her secret server, calling it an "inquiry" when, in fact, the FBI labeled the matter "criminal" in a court filing.
  • Clinton lied about properly turning over her emails in compliance with the Federal Records Act.
  • Clinton has claimed no one needed to sign off on her secret server, but the State Department Inspector General found that she, in fact, should have sought legal approval, a request career professionals would have denied.
  • Clinton insists that there "were no security breaches" of her secret server, but there is no conclusive evidence that her server wasn't breached, as it had inadequate safeguards and the State Department's Inspector General acknowledged the server's cybersecurity risks.
  • Despite Clinton repeatedly pledging to cooperate with investigators, Clinton and her aides refused to be interviewed by State Department Inspector General investigators.

Clinton Has "Demonstrated A Remarkable Capacity To Escalate Rather Than Effectively Address Or Resolve Any Question, Critique Or Challenge If The Matter At Issue Is About Her. "Many times, it seems that Clinton makes them worse -- even far worse. Clinton has, since almost the start of her 2016 presidential campaign, demonstrated a remarkable capacity to escalate rather than effectively address or resolve any question, critique or challenge if the matter at issue is about her." (Janell Ross, "Why Can't Hillary Clinton Find A Good Answer On Goldman Sachs?" The Washington Post , 2/6/16)

Clinton's Campaign Has Shown An "Inability To Put" The Secret Server Scandal "In The Rear View Mirror." "At a town hall with students at New England College Saturday afternoon, Clinton was confronted with skeptical questions about two familiar ghosts: her email use at the State Department and her handling of Benghazi. The questions -- one of which was posed by a woman who said she worked for Clinton in the 2008 primary - served as a reminder of the Democratic frontrunner's inability to put to bed the issues she and her supporters simply dismiss as exaggerated and unfair attacks on her character. And their reemergence just as voters go to the polls is a measure of their lasting power -- and the campaign's inability to put the issues in the rear view mirror." (Annie Karni, "Clinton Dogged By Nagging Email Questions," Politico, 2/6/16)

Clinton Is "Slow To React On Issues And Problems That She Believes Are Trumped Up Or Not Serious; The Controversy Over Her Email Server And The Rise Of Bernie Sanders Are Just Two Examples Of That Tendency." " She is slow to react on issues and problems that she believes are trumped up or not serious; the controversy over her email server and the rise of Bernie Sanders are just two examples of that tendency." (Chris Cillizza, "What If The Problem With Hillary Clinton's Campaign Is Hillary Clinton?" The Washington Post's The Fix , 2/8/16)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT ANY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL BEING IN HER SECRET SERVER

In March 2015 Clinton Said "There Is No Classified Material." CLINTON: "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material." (Hillary Clinton, Press Conference, New York, NY 3/10/15)

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Over 2,000 Emails On Her Server Have Been Deemed Classified

Of The Clinton Emails That The State Department Released, There Were 2,101 Emails Containing Material That Was Classified. "According to information released Monday by the State Department, Clinton's emails totaled 52,402 pages and included 2,101 emails that had been redacted in all or part because they contained material that was deemed classified." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department Release Final Batch Of Clinton Emails," The Washington Post , 2/29/16)

A Full 22 Emails Deemed "Top Secret," Are Being "Withheld In Full" And Will Never Be Released To The Public Due To Their Classified Nature. "A second source not authorized to speak on the record said the number of accounts involved could be as high as 30 and reflects how the intelligence was broadly shared, replied to, and copied to individuals using the unsecured server. The State Department recently confirmed that the messages in question include the most sensitive kind of intelligence. On Jan. 29, Fox News first reported that some emails on Clinton's server were too damaging to release in any form. The State Department subsequently announced that 22 'top secret' emails were being withheld in full; these were the messages being handled by more than a dozen accounts." (Catherine Herridge And Pamela Browne, "Official: Top Clinton Aides Also Handled 'Top Secret' Intel On Server," Fox News , 2/10/16)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT WHO KNEW ABOUT HER SECRET SERVER

In June 2016, Clinton Claimed That "Everybody In The Department Knew" That She Was Using Private Email. ABC's GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "Madam secretary, on the e-mail issue as you know the State Department Inspector General was quite tough on your practices and it concluded I want to show it right here that Secretary Clinton had 'an obligation to discuss using her personal e-mail account to conduct official business with their offices, and according to these official, diplomatic security and the information resource management offices did not and would not approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct department business because of the restricts in the foreign affairs manual and the security risk in doing so.' Do you know accept their conclusion that your exclusive use of a personal account was not allowed, that you broke state department rules?" CLINTON: "You know, look, George, I thought that the report actually made it clear that the practice I used was used by other secretaries, other high ranking State Department officials." STEPHANOPOULOS: "No one else had exclusive use…" CLINTON: "If I had to -- if I had to do it over again I certainly wouldn't. But I think that the rules were not clarified until after I had left, because it had been the practice of others. There was certainly reason to believe which I did that what I practiced was in keeping with others' practices." STEPHANOPOULOS: "But you were the only one who had exclusive use of a personal account. Secretary Powell did have a personal e-mail account, as well and they were very, very clear." CLINTON: "You know…" STEPHANOPOULOS: "Go ahead." CLINTON: "George, I have to tell you that, you know, I will say it was a mistake. I would not do it again. But I think that the rules were not clarified until after I had left and the first secretary of state to use a government e-mail account was John Kerry some months into his tenure. Those are the facts." STEPHANOPOULOS: "But the report -- so you don't accept the conclusion of the report because they say you were unmindful of the rules." CLINTON: "Everybody in the Department knew that I was e-mailing from a personal address. Hundreds of people knew it. People around the government knew it and, you know, that was what the practice had been and that's what I did, as well." STEPHANOPOULOS: "So I'll take you don't accept their conclusion. Just one other question on this. Have you had any contact yet with the FBI, you or your agents over this matter?" CLINTON: "I have not been asked to come in for an interview. I've said I am more than willing since last August and I would like to do that sooner instead of later and get this matter wrapped up and behind us." (ABC's "This Week," 6/5/16)

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While Clinton Says Everyone Knew, The State Department Claims "No One Had A Full And Complete Understanding" Of Her Secret Server

State Department Spokesman Mark Toner Said That "No One Had A Full And Complete Understanding" Of Clinton's Secret Server. QUESTION: "One thing here, the report says, you state that there is no absolute prohibition on the use of personal email. Which is true, however, beginning in late 2005, and continuing through 2011, the department revised the foreign affairs manual and issued various memoranda, specifically discussing the obligation to use department systems in most circumstances. So, there was an obligation to use department systems in most circumstances, correct? Are you disputing that?" STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN MARK TONER: "Again, I don't, I mean I don't, if you are quoting me chapter and verse, I'm not going to dispute that, but it wasn't prohibited." QUESTION: "In occasional circumstances but it was prohibited to do it in every circumstance. Because the obligation here is that in most circumstances you have to use the department systems. So when you say it is not absolutely prohibited, you are right, but you are not right if you use that statement to suggest that it was acceptable to use it in most circumstances, because Secretary Clinton used it in every circumstance. Correct?" TONER: "But again, in an answer to your second question, while people were aware of her use of personal email, no one had a full and complete understanding of, to the extent." (State Department Press Briefing, 5/25/16)

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According To The State OIG, Senior State Department Officials Who Served Under Secretary Clinton "Stated That They Were Unaware Of The Scope Or Extent Of Secretary Clinton's Use Of A Personal Email Account." "In addition to interviewing current and former officials in DS and IRM, OIG interviewed other senior Department officials with relevant knowledge who served under Secretary Clinton, including the Under Secretary for Management, who supervises both DS and IRM; current and former Executive Secretaries; and attorneys within the Office of the Legal Adviser. These officials all stated that they were not asked to approve or otherwise review the use of Secretary Clinton's server and that they had no knowledge of approval or review by other Department staff. These officials also stated that they were unaware of the scope or extent of Secretary Clinton's use of a personal email account, though many of them sent emails to the Secretary on this account. Secretary Clinton's Chief of Staff also testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi that she was unaware of anyone being consulted about the Secretary's exclusive use of a personal email address." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General , 5/25/16)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT THE NATURE OF HER FBI INVESTIGATION, DOWNPLAYING IT AS AN "INQUIRY"

Clinton Claimed In May 2016 That Her Secret Server Investigation Is Merely A "Security Inquiry…" CBS's JOHN DICKERSON: "Some voters may be paying attention now in a different kind of way, what's your answer to those people who think, 'Gee, F.B.I. inquiry. That's a big deal.' What do you say to them?" CLINTON: "I say what I've said now for many, many months. It's a security inquiry. I always took classified material seriously. There was never any material marked classified that was sent or received-- by me. And I-- look forward to this being wrapped up." (CBS's "Face The Nation," 5/8/16)

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In April 2016 Clinton Said "I Have To Let Them Decide How To Resolve Their Security Inquiry." NBC's CHUCK TODD: "Are you concerned that this isn't going to wrap up before the convention?" CLINTON: "No, I'm not, because I don't think anything inappropriate was done. And so I have to let them decide how to resolve their security inquiry. But I'm not at all worried about it." (NBC's " Meet The Press," 4/3/16)

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Clinton In March 2016, Said "It's A Security Review." CBS'S JOHN DICKERSON: "Let me ask you a question about something that was in the news this week. Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department staffer, was granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal investigation into your e-mail server. And when this happened, I talked to Democrats and they worry that somebody is going to get indicted." CLINTON: "Well, there is no basis for that. It's a security review. I'm delighted that he has agreed to cooperate, as everyone else has." (CBS's "Face The Nation," 3/6/16)

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While Clinton Calls The Investigation An "Inquiry," FBI Director James Comey Said He Isn't Aware Of The Term "Inquiry" In Relation To His Department And Is Reported To Be Criminal In Nature

In May 2016, The FBI Director James Comey Challenged Clinton's Repeated Claim That The FBI Investigation Into Her Email Server Is A "Security Inquiry." "The head of the FBI appeared to challenge Hillary Clinton's characterization of the federal investigation into her private email server on Wednesday. Clinton and her allies have repeatedly called the probe a routine 'security inquiry.' But Director James Comey told reporters that that wasn't an accurate description. 'It's in our name. I'm not familiar with the term 'security inquiry,'' Comey said at a roundtable with reporters, according to Politico." (Julian Hattem, "FBI Head Challenges Clinton's Description Of Email Probe," The Hill, 5/11/16)

Clinton's Email Investigation Is Criminal In Nature. "Fox News correspondent Ed Henry reported on Thursday the FBI is in fact conducting a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's email use as secretary of state. 'Our investigations are all criminal,' an FBI spokesman told Peter Barnes. The Clinton campaign inaccurately claimed the agency's investigation of her private server is not criminal in nature." (Daniel Bassali, "FBI Confirms: Investigation Of Clinton Email Server A 'Criminal Probe,'" The Washington Free Beacon, 8/6/16)

  • The F.B.I.'s Focus Is On Whether Clinton's Emails Broke The Law. "F.B.I. focus on whether disputed Clinton emails broke the law, but deciding won't be simple." (New York Times Politics, Twitter Feed, 9/24/15)

A Federal Judge Confirmed Just This Week That Clinton IT Staffer Bryan Pagliano Was Given An Immunity Deal With The FBI In Relation To A "Criminal Investigation…" "Bryan Pagliano, a computer expert who worked at the State Department while Clinton was secretary of state and was also paid privately by her, was previously reported to have received immunity in connection with statements he gave to the FBI about Clinton's private server set-up. However, there had been no explicit confirmation that the investigation-which Clinton has repeatedly referred to as a 'security review'-is actually a criminal probe. 'The privacy interests at stake are high because the government's criminal investigation through which Mr. Pagliano received limited immunity is ongoing and confidential,' U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote in an order issued Tuesday." (Josh Gerstein, "Judge Links Clinton Aide's Immunity To 'Criminal Investigation," Politico, 6/14/16)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT TURNING OVER HER EMAILS

Clinton Has Claimed She Upheld Her Obligations By Turning Emails Over, At The Department's Request, Years After She Left Office. CLINTON: "Third, after I left office, the State Department asked former Secretaries of State for our assistance in providing copies of work- related emails from our personal accounts. I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totalled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them. We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work- related emails and deliver them to the State Department." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Press Conference, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

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Clinton Should Have Turned Over All Work Related Emails Upon Leaving Office, Not Years Later And Only At The Request Of The Department

Report: Clinton Should Have Turned Over "All Emails Dealing With Department Business" Upon Her Departure From The Department "At A Minimum." "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," U.S. State Department Office Of Inspector General , Pg. 23, 5/25/16)

  • Report: Instead Of Providing Her Emails Immediately, Clinton Turned Over Her Emails Nearly Two Years After Leaving The State Department. "The report says she should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or surrendered her work-related correspondence immediately upon stepping down in February 2013. Instead, Clinton provided those records in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices," The Washington Post , 5/25/16)

In Its Report, OIG Noted That There Are Still Months Long Gaps In The Emails That Clinton Turned Over. "NARA agrees with the foregoing assessment but told OIG that Secretary Clinton's production of 55,000 pages of emails mitigated her failure to properly preserve emails that qualified as Federal records during her tenure and to surrender such records upon her departure. OIG concurs with NARA but also notes that Secretary Clinton's production was incomplete. For example, the Department and OIG both determined that the production included no email covering the first few months of Secretary Clinton's tenure-from January 21, 2009, to March 17, 2009, for received messages; and from January 21, 2009, to April 12, 2009, for sent messages." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

"OIG Also Learned That The 55,000-Page Production Did Not Contain Some Emails That An External Contact Not Employed By The Department Sent To Secretary Clinton Regarding Department Business." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

On June 25, 2015, The State Department Revealed That It Did Not Receive "All Or Part Of 15 Work-Related Emails From Hillary Rodham Clinton's Private Server," Which Were Received By The House Select Committee On Benghazi. "The State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton's private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday. The emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said." (Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, "State Dept.: 15 Emails Missing From Clinton Cache," The Associated Press , 6/25/15)

  • The State Department Not Receiving These Emails Raised New Questions Because Clinton Claimed She Had Turned Over All Work-Related Emails To The State Department. "Nevertheless, the fact that the State Department says it can't find them among emails she provided surely will raise new questions about Clinton's use of a personal email account and server while secretary of state and whether she has provided the agency all of her work-related correspondence, as she claims." (Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, "State Dept.: 15 Emails Missing From Clinton Cache," The Associated Press, 6/25/15)

The State Department Informed The Select Benghazi Committee That They Are No Longer Certain About Clinton's Claim That All Her Work Emails Were Included In The 55,000 Pages Of Documents Handed Over To The Department. "Clinton's use of the non-government email while in office was kept hidden from all but a small circle of aides, outside advisers, family members and friends. She says the single account for personal and professional purposes was a matter of convenience, and says all her work emails were included in the 55,000 pages of documents she later handed over to the State Department. Emails of a personal nature were destroyed, she says. The State Department informed the Select Benghazi Committee on Thursday that they are no longer certain that's the case, according to officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly on the matter. The officials said Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, confirmed that 10 emails and parts of five others that the committee made public Monday couldn't be located in the department's records." (Bradley Klapper and Matthew Lee, "State Dept.: 15 Emails Missing From Clinton Cache," The Associated Press , 6/25/15)

In September 2015, Obama Administration Officials Discovered A Chain Of Emails Clinton Failed To Turn Over, Adding To "The Growing Questions" About Clinton's "Unusual Usage Of A Private Email Account And Server." "The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials said Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner's unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government." (Bradley Klapper, "Officials: More Work Emails From Clinton's Private Account," The Associated Press , 9/25/15)

Emails From First Eight Weeks Of Clinton's Tenure As Secretary Of State "Are Missing And Have Been Lost." "Mrs. Clinton's representatives have said she didn't set up her personal server until March 2009. She took office as secretary of state in late January 2009. Before that, she used an AT&T BlackBerry account as well as an account on her personal domain run off an unknown server. As a result of the migration, emails from the first eight weeks of her tenure are missing and have been lost, her representatives acknowledge." (Byron Tau, "Bid To Find Early Clinton State Department Emails Unsuccessful, Lawyer Says," The Wall Street Journal , 10/22/15)

Clinton "Unable To Obtain" Emails From First Two Months Of Her Tenure As Secretary Of State. "[Clinton] has been 'unable to obtain' some emails from early in her tenure as secretary of state, according to a newly-released letter." (Josh Gerstein, "Lawyer: Clinton 'Unable To Obtain' Emails From First Week As Secretary," Politico , 10/22/15)

  • Emails Turned Over To State Department Didn't Include Any Emails From First Two Months Of Clinton's Tenure As Secretary. "The 30,000 emails turned over to the State Department last year didn't include any emails from her first two months as secretary of state due to technical issues in setting up Mrs. Clinton's personal email server. David Kendall, an attorney for Mrs. Clinton, said in a letter to the State Department this month that efforts to recover emails from that time period have been unsuccessful. 'She does not have custody of emails sent or received in the first few weeks of her tenure, as she was transition to a new address, and we have been unable to obtain these,' Mr. Kendall wrote." (Byron Tau, "Bid To Find Early Clinton State Department Emails Unsuccessful, Lawyer Says," The Wall Street Journal , 10/22/15)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT WHETHER SHE COMPLIED WITH THE FEDERAL RECORDS ACT

Clinton Has Claimed That Because She Emailed Other Government Addresses, She Complied With The Federal Records Act And Relevant State Department Regulations. 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)

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Despite Her Claims To The Contrary, The Inspector General Specifically Said Clinton's Method For Preserving Documents Weren't In Keeping With Department Policy Designed To Comply With The Federal Records Act

According To The OIG, Clinton's Failure To Surrender Her Emails When She Left The State Department Represents A Failure To Comply With The Federal Records Act. "At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department's policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," State Department Office Of Inspector General, 5/25/16)

Clinton's Method For Preserving Documents Was Not An "Appropriate Method Of Preserving Any Such Emails That Would Constitute A Federal Record." "A federal law requires the preservation of government records, and Clinton has said that since most of her emails were sent to people on the State Department system, she was complying. But the audit says 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.'" (Ken Dilanian, "Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds," NBC News, 5/25/16)

  • 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)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT HER NEED TO SEEK APPROVAL FOR HER SECRET SERVER

Clinton Said That No One Signed Off On Her Private Server Because "It Was Allowed Under The Rules Of The State Department." CNN'S JAKE TAPPER: "And you said it was allowed, too." CLINTON: "Yes, it was." TAPPER: "Who allowed it?" CLINTON: "It was allowed under the rules of the State Department. And, again…" TAPPER: "So nobody signed off on it?" CLINTON: "No, it was allowed. You know, one of my predecessors did the same thing. Others in our government have done the same thing at very high levels because the rules did change after I left state department. But at the time and in prior years the rules allowed it." ("The Lead With Jake Tapper," CNN, 10/16/15)

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The State Department Inspector General Said The Department Would Have Denied Her Request For A Secret Server If She Had Sought Approval

The State Department Would Have Flatly Denied Clinton's Request For A Secret Server If She Had Sought Permission. "The State Department's inspector general sharply criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had." (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times , 5/25/16)

  • The Inspector General "Could Not Show Evidence" That Clinton's Secret Server Was Reviewed By Legal Counsel. "The report found that a top Clinton aide was warned in 2010 that the system may not properly preserve records but dismissed those worries, indicating that the system passed legal muster. But the inspector general said it could not show evidence of a review by legal counsel." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices," The Washington Post , 5/25/16)
  • The Report Concluded That Clinton "Failed To Seek Legal Approval For Her Use Of A Private Email Server…" "The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the 'security risks in doing so.'" (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices," The Washington Post , 5/25/16)
  • The OIG Report Added That State "Department Staff Would Not Have Given Its Blessing Because Of The 'Security Risks In Doing So.'" "The State Department's independent watchdog has issued a highly critical analysis of Hillary Clinton's email practices while running the department, concluding that she failed to seek legal approval for her use of a private email server and that department staff would not have given its blessing because of the 'security risks in doing so.'" (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices," The Washington Post , 5/25/16)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT THE CYBERSECURITY OF HER SERVER

Clinton Has Said "There Were No Security Breaches" Because Of Unspecified "Safeguards" And On-Site Secret Service Protection. CLINTON: "Well, the system we used was set up for President Clinton's office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches. So, I think that the - the use of that server, which started with my husband, certainly proved to be effective and secure." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Press Conference At The United Nations, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

  • Later, Clinton Couldn't Name Any Safeguards, But Insisted She Wasn't Hacked. THE BOSTON GLOBE's JAMES PINDELL: "One question about your email server, what safeguards did you put in place to make sure that you weren't hacked?" CLINTON: "Well, I can only tell you there is no evidence that I'm aware of that I ever was." (Interview With The Boston Globe, Keene, NH 10/16/15)

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Despite Clinton's Assurances, Her Server Was The Subject Of Multiple Hacking Attempts

The State Department Acknowledged The National Security Risk Of Clinton's Use Of Her Secret Server And An Unsecured Blackberry To Transmit "Sensitive Discussions Of The Nation's Foreign Policy." "But it called into question the security risk of using a private server for what were clearly sensitive discussions of the nation's foreign policy. It noted that Mrs. Clinton sent or received most of the emails that traversed her serve from a mobile device, her Blackberry." (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times , 5/25/16)

Clinton's Home Basement Server Vulnerable To Attack From "Low-Skilled Intruder" According To U.S. Government Warnings. "The private email server running in Hillary Rodham Clinton's home basement when she was secretary of state was connected to the Internet in ways that made it more vulnerable to hackers, according to data and documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton's server, which handled her personal and State Department correspondence, appeared to allow users to connect openly over the Internet to control it remotely, according to detailed records compiled in 2012. Experts said the Microsoft remote desktop service wasn't intended for such use without additional protective measures, and was the subject of U.S. government and industry warnings at the time over attacks from even low-skilled intruders. Records show that Clinton additionally operated two more devices on her home network in Chappaqua, New York, that also were directly accessible from the Internet. One contained similar remote-control software that also has suffered from security vulnerabilities, known as Virtual Network Computing, and the other appeared to be configured to run websites." (Jack Gillum and Stehpen Braun, "Clinton Server's Software Had Hacking Risk," The Associated Press , 10/13/15)

  • Clinton's Secret Server Experienced At Least Two Hacking "Scans" In 2012 From An Unknown Serbian Computer. "Clinton's email server permitted 'remote-access connections directly over the Internet,' a practice banned by the State Department since 2012. This type of software 'allows users to control another computer from afar,' and although these 'programs are usually operated through an encrypted connection … Clinton's system appeared to accept commands directly from the internet without such protections.' Clinton's private server has proved vulnerable to attacks and hacking attempts. Two such hacking 'scans' occurred in 2012 from a Serbian computer looking for accessible doors or 'ports' into the server." (Jack Gillum and Stehpen Braun, "Clinton Server's Software Had Hacking Risk," The Associated Press , 10/13/15)

Clinton's Email System Was Unencrypted For The First Two Months Of Its Use, Leaving Her Emails Vulnerable. "The private email system used by Hillary Clinton when she was U.S. Secretary of State didn't encrypt messages during the first two months of use, an Internet security company said Wednesday. That would have left emails sent and received by Clinton in early 2009 vulnerable to eavesdropping-just when British and American intelligence agencies were reportedly spying on world leaders." (Martyn Williams, "Lack Of SSL Certificate Could Have Exposed Emails To Eaves Dropping Attack," ComputerWorld, 3/11/15)

Hillary Clinton's BlackBerry Was Vulnerable To Hacking During Her First Visit Abroad As Secretary Of State. "Intelligence suggested that Clinton's BlackBerry was vulnerable to monitoring or intrusion during her first trip abroad as secretary of state. A redacted sentence in the memo 'indicates [that State's diplomatic security division] have intelligence concerning this vulnerability during her recent trip to Asia,' according to an email from Boswell's executive assistant." (Lachlan Markay, "Emails: Clinton's BlackBerry Was Vulnerable To Hackers," The Washington Free Beacon, 11/9/15)

CLINTON LIED ABOUT HER WILLINGNESS TO COOPERATE WITH INVESTIGATORS

Clinton Said She Was "Trying To Answer As Many [Questions] In As Many Different Settings As She Can." QUESTION: "Why haven't you directly apologized for setting up and using a private email server as secretary of state?" CLINTON: "Well, I understand why people have questions and I'm trying to answer as many of those in as many different settings as I can. What I did was allowed by the State Department. It was fully above board. Everybody in the government with whom I emailed knew that I was using a personal email, and I have said it would have been a better choice to have had two separate email accounts." ("Highlights From AP's Interview With Hillary Rodham Clinton," The Associated Press , 9/7/15)

  • Clinton Said In Regards To Her Secret Server Investigation, That She Is "Trying To Be As Transparent As [She] Possibly Can." CLINTON: "That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility. And I'm trying to be as transparent as I possibly can." ("World News With David Muir," ABC News, 9/8/15)

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Despite Clinton's Claims, She Has Refused To Talk To State Department Investigators Looking Into Private Email Practices At The Department

"Clinton And Her Top Aides Chose Not To Cooperate With The Review." "The State Department inspector general concluded that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency's policies on records, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday that also revealed that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review." (Rachael Bade, Josh Gerstein, and Nick Gass, "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules,"Politico , 5/25/16)

  • Through Her Lawyers, Clinton And Her Aides "Declined To Be Interviewed" By The State Department's IG. "Mrs. Clinton and her aides have played down the inquiries, saying that she would cooperate with investigators to put the email issue behind her. Even so, through her lawyers, she declined to be interviewed by the State Department's inspector general as part of his review. So did several of her senior aides." (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times , 5/25/16)
  • Clinton And Her Aides Have Promised To Cooperate With Investigators. "Mrs. Clinton and her aides have played down the inquiries, saying that she would cooperate with investigators to put the email issue behind her. Even so, through her lawyers, she declined to be interviewed by the State Department's inspector general as part of his review. So did several of her senior aides." (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times , 5/25/16)

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