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Regulations Specifically Ban Storing Classified Material For “Convenience”

- October 11, 2015

Clinton: “First, When I Got To Work As Secretary Of State, I Opted For Convenience To Use My Personal Email Account…” CLINTON: “First, when I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two. Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.” (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The United Nations, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

  • Clinton’s Sever “Was Physically Located On Her Property.” “Where was the server for her email located? The server for her email was physically located on her property, which is protected by U.S. Secret Service.” (Press Release, “Statement From The Office Of Former Secretary Clinton,” Office Of Hillary Rodham Clinton, 3/10/15; FactCheck.org, Accessed 7/24/15)

According To A State Department Regulation In Effect During Clinton’s Tenure (12 FAM 531), “Classified Material Should Not Be Stored At A Facility Outside The Chancery, Consulate, Etc., Merely For Convenience.” “Classified material should not be stored at a facility outside the chancery, consulate, etc., merely for convenience. In order to store classified material, a post must demonstrate to the regional security officer (RSO) a legitimate need to have material at a given location, as well as provide a justification for the level of classified material to be stored.” (“12 FAM 531 General,” U.S. Department Of State Foreign Affairs Manual, 5/14/10; Web Archive, 10/13/12)

 

According To A State Department Regulation Established In 2012 (12 FAM 533.1), “Residences Are Not Considered Official Premises. You Must Not Remove Classified Material For Reasons Of Personal Convenience…” “You must not remove classified material from official premises except when necessary in conducting official meetings, conferences, or consultations, and you must return this material to safe storage facilities immediately upon the conclusion of the meeting, conference, or consultation. Residences are not considered official premises. You must not remove classified material for reasons of personal convenience or keep it overnight in personal custody.” (“12 FAM 533.1 Overnight Custody,” U.S. Department Of State Foreign Affairs Manual, 1/31/12)


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