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Hillary’s New Message: I “Inherited” Private Server Policy

- January 26, 2016

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In A Quad City Times Interview, Clinton Blamed Her Use Of A Private Server On An Inherited Policy. QUESTION: "I'll just aone other thing about this, some have suggested that this is a certain stubbornness on your part, an inability to admit a mistake what do you say?" CLINTON: "Well, I just, look, I said I was wrong about the Iraq War, and that is something I am still asked about. I'm sorry that I used two, I used one instead of two, email accounts, but I don't think that goes to the judgement and experience of the person running to be president, if that were, everybody I know of would be disqualified, so I just can't answer any other way other than to say, I've been more transparent, more forthcoming, than anybody who has been in public office up until this time, and there is nothing more I can do about it, so…" QUESTION: "Will there be a policy in an administration to handle this? Would it be a learning experience for the administration?" CLINTON: "Oh yeah, absolutely. You know, look, there, the rules that were in place, when I was there, just as my predecessors, now, let's not forget, my two predecessors also used the same approach, they were asked to turn over their work related emails, and they said 'Oh my gosh! That's so long ago, we don't have any of that,' so, that was the process in place at the time. I inherited that process, and because of all of all of this, you know, these, very difficult, experiences for people being subjected to all of these questions and everything, of course! I would be highly encouraging that the rules be absolutely clear because I don't want anyone else to have to go through this." (Hillary Clinton, Interview With Quad City Times, 1/26/16)

Clinton's Actions Weren't Like Her Predecessors, She Violated Federal Rules

"National Archives And Records Administration Guidelines Require Public Officials To Make Such E-Mails Available So They Can Be Archived." (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "The Misleading Democratic Spin On Hillary Clinton's E-Mails," The Washington Post's Fact Checker, 3/10/15)

Federal Regulations Required That Clinton Hand Over Her E-Mails. "In 2009, the year Clinton became secretary, federal regulations codified what experts say was a long-held assumption that a contemporary transfer to archives is required of personal e-mails used for official business. (A November 2014 law created new federal definitions for electronic records and set a 20-day limit for producing them.)" (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, "The Misleading Democratic Spin On Hillary Clinton's E-Mails," The Washington Post'sFact Checker, 3/10/15)

The Washington Post's Fact Checker Gave Clinton Three Pinocchios For Her "Excessive Spin," Saying Clinton "Goes Too Far In Suggesting Her Actions Were Ordinary-And Did Not Stretch The Limits Of Existing Laws And Regulations." "With her very careful language, Clinton skirts some of the important issues concerning her private e-mail account. She appears to be arguing her case on narrow, technical grounds, but that's not the same as actually complying with existing rules as virtually everyone else understood them. In reality, Clinton's decision to use a private e-mail system for official business was highly unusual and flouted State Department procedures, even if not expressly prohibited by law at the time. Moreover, while she claims 'everything I did was permitted,' she appears to have not complied with the requirement to turn over her business-related e-mails before she left government service. That's a major misstep that she has not acknowledged. We wavered between Two and Three Pinocchios, but Clinton's excessive spin finally tipped us toward Three. She's goes too far in suggesting her actions were ordinary-and did not stretch the limits of existing laws and regulations." (Glenn Kessler, "Hillary Clinton's Claim That 'Everything I Did [On E-Mails] Was Permitted'," The Washington Post's Fact Checker , 7/9/15)

Even Though Clinton Claims She Inherited The Private Email Policy, The State Department Was "Caught Off Guard" And "Concerned" When It Discovered She Exclusively Used A Private Account

Clinton Characterization That Her Predecessors Emails Were Also Requested Is Undercut By The Fact That The State Department Asked For Clinton's Emails Three Months Before They Asked Other Secretaries Of State To Turn Over Their E-Mails. "When we were asked to help the State Department make sure they had everything from other secretaries of state, not just me, I'm the one who said, 'Okay, great, I will go through them again,'' Clinton said Sunday on CBS's 'Face the Nation.' 'And we provided all of them.' But State Department officials provided new information Tuesday that undercuts Clinton's characterization. They said the request was not about general recordkeeping but was prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system. They also said they first contacted her in the summer of 2014, at least three months before the agency asked Clinton and three of her predecessors to provide their e-mails." (Carol D. Leonnig And Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department's Account Of E-Mail Request Differs From Clinton's," The Washington Post , 9/22/15)

Clinton Has Claimed Her Decision To Turn Over Her Emails Was Part Of A Routine Records Request. "Throughout the controversy over her use of a private e-mail system while she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton has described her decision last year to turn over thousands of work-related e-mails as a response to a routine-sounding records request." (Carol D. Leonnig And Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department's Account Of E-Mail Request Differs From Clinton's," The Washington Post , 9/22/15)

But The State Department Said The Request Was Not Routine, And Only Came After The Discovery That "Clinton Had Exclusively Used A Private E-mail System." "But State Department officials provided new information Tuesday that undercuts Clinton's characterization. They said the request was not about general recordkeeping but was prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system." (Carol D. Leonnig And Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department's Account Of E-Mail Request Differs From Clinton's," The Washington Post , 9/22/15)

The State Department Was "Caught Off Guard Upon Discovering Her Exclusive Use Of A Private Account." "But the early call from the State Department is a sign that, at the least, officials in the agency she led from 2009 to 2013 were concerned by the practice - and that they had been caught off guard upon discovering her exclusive use of a private account." (Carol D. Leonnig And Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department's Account Of E-Mail Request Differs From Clinton's," The Washington Post , 9/22/15)


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