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Top 5 Clinton Email Lies Exposed

- May 25, 2016

In The Latest Report Released Today, Clinton Is Blasted On Her Email Practices Which Conflict With Central Claims She's Made


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Despite Clinton's repeated pledges to cooperate with investigators, the latest State Department Office of Inspector General (OIG) report reveals that Clinton and her aides have refused to cooperate and be interviewed by investigators.
  • Clinton has claimed no one needed to sign off on her secret server, but today's report reveals that she, in fact, should have sought legal approval, a request professionals in her Department would have denied.
  • The Inspector General acknowledged that Clinton's secret server as Secretary of State posed a national security risk, and that her office failed to effectively manage the threat of cyberattacks, despite Clinton's claim that there were "numerous safeguards" on her server.
  • The report concludes that Clinton violated the Federal Records Act by not preserving and handing over her records immediately upon leaving the state department.

Politico Headline: "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules" (Rachael Bade, Josh Gerstein, and Nick Gass, "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules,"Politico, 5/25/16)

The State Department Office Of Inspector General (OIG) Released A "Long-Awaited Report To Capitol Hill" Today, "Providing Just The Latest Turn In The Headache-Inducing Saga That Has Dogged Clinton's Campaign." "The agency on Wednesday released the long-awaited report to Capitol Hill, copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, providing just the latest turn in the headache-inducing saga that has dogged Clinton's campaign." (Rachael Bade, Josh Gerstein, and Nick Gass, "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules," Politico, 5/25/16)

The Report "Specifically Dings Clinton For Her Exclusive Use Of Private Email." "While the report concludes that the agency suffers from 'longstanding, systemic weaknesses' with records that 'go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State,' it specifically dings Clinton for her exclusive use of private email." (Rachael Bade, Josh Gerstein, and Nick Gass, "State Dept: Clinton Violated Email Rules," Politico, 5/25/16)

THE REPORT CONCLUDED THAT CLINTON VIOLATED THE STATE DEPARTMENT'S RULES BY USING A PRIVATE SERVER AND NOT TURNING OVER ALL GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS

The OIG Report Concluded That Clinton "Violated The Agency's Email Rules When She Chose To Exclusively Use A Private Email Server During Her Four Years At State Department And Did Not Promptly Turn Over Records After She Departed The Agency." "The report concluded that Clinton violated the agency's email rules when she chose to exclusively use a private email server during her four years at State Department and did not promptly turn over records after she departed the agency." (Rachael Bade and Josh Gerstein, "Clinton Expressed Worries About Exposure Of Personal Emails At State Dept." Politico, 5/25/16)

OIG Slammed Clinton For Not Preserving Federal Records At The State Department. "Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary." ("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)

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

CLINTON FALSE CLAIM #1: 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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TRUTH: 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)

Despite Her Claims To The Contrary, The Inspector General Specifically Said Clinton's Method For Preserving Documents Wasn't Appropriate

CLINTON FALSE CLAIM #2: Clinton Has Claimed That All Of Her Emails Were Automatically Preserved While She Was At State Because She Emailed Government Officials On Their Government Email Accounts. 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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TRUTH: 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 FAILED TO SEEK LEGAL APPROVAL FOR USING HER SECRET SERVER AND IT WOULD HAVE BEEN FLATLY DENIED IF SHE HAD, BUT SHE HAS CLAIMED "IT WAS ALLOWED UNDER THE RULES OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT"

CLINTON FALSE CLAIM #3: 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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TRUTH: 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)

THE REPORT CALLS INTO QUESTIONS CLINTON'S CLAIM THAT THERE WASN'T ANY NATIONAL SECURITY RISK IN USING HER PRIVATE SERVER

Clinton Has Tried To Defend The Security Of Her Secret Server, Claiming It Had "Numerous Safeguards"

CLINTON FALSE CLAIM #4: Clinton Has Said Her Server "Had Numerous Safeguards. It Was On Property Guarded By The Secret Service. There Were No Security Breaches" 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)

  • In The Boston Globe Interview With James Pindell, 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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TRUTH: 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)

  • Report: The Office Of The Secretary Of State "In Particular" Has Been "Slow To Recognize And To Manage Effectively" The "Cybersecurity Risk Associated With Electronic Data…" "Nevertheless, the Department generally and the Office of the Secretary in particular have been slow to recognize and to manage effectively the legal requirements and cybersecurity risks associated with electronic data communications, particularly as those risks pertain to its most senior leadership." ("Office Of The Secretary: Evaluation Of Email Records Management And Cybersecurity Requirements," U.S. State Department Office Of Inspector General, Pg. 42, 5/25/16)

CLINTON FAILED TO COOPERATE WITH THE INSPECTOR GENERAL REVIEW, DESPITE HER REPEATED PROMISES

CLINTON FALSE CLAIM #5: 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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TRUTH: "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)

THESE CAN'T BE THE HEADLINES CLINTON IS LOOKING FOR

The Associated Press Headline: "State Dept Audit Faults Clinton In Emails" (Michael Biesecker and Bradley Klapper, "State Dept Audit Faults Clinton In Emails," APNewsBreak, 5/25/16)

The Washington Post Headline: "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices" (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "State Dept. Inspector General Report Sharply Criticizes Clinton's Email Practices," The Washington Post , 5/25/16)

The New York Times Headline: "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review" (Steven Lee Myers, "Hillary Clinton Is Criticized For Private Emails In State Dept. Review,"The New York Times, 5/25/16)

NBC News Headline: "Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds" (Ken Dilanian, "Clinton Broke Federal Rules With Email Server, Audit Finds," NBC News, 5/25/16)

Reuters Headline: "Clinton Email Server Broke Government Rules, Watchdog Finds" (Jonathan Allen, "Clinton Email Server Broke Government Rules, Watchdog Finds," Reuters, 5/25/16)

CNN Headline: "State Department Report Slams Clinton Email Use" (Ryan Browne and Evan Perez, "State Department Report Slams Clinton Email Use," CNN, 5/25/16)


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