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Proof Hillary Lied, Again

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The American people can finally learn the truth about Hillary Clinton’s email and personal server, thanks to a report released yesterday by the State Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG). In the past, Hillary Clinton has said both her private email, and the private server located in her home, were permitted by the State Department. In a July 15, 2015 interview to CNN, Hillary claimed “Everything I did was permitted. There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.” She continued, “Previous Secretary of States have said they did the same thing.” She then said, “When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system.”, meaning that’s how her State related emails sent from her home were preserved. When she was again asked about the email and server this year by CNN’s Jake Tapper, she answered “It was absolutely permitted, and I did it, and it turned out to be a mistake.” She also added, “it was allowed under the rules of the State Department.” When asked if anyone in the SD had signed off on her using the private server she answered, “No. No, it was allowed.” Whenever asked if her server had been accessed by an unauthorized party, or “hacked,”she has repeatedly answered no. As a result of yesterday’s OIG report, we now know she was lying.
The OIG performed this inquiry at the requests of the current Secretary of State (SoS), as well members of congress. To begin with, the report acknowledges that Secretary Clinton turned over about 55,000 pages, or about 30,000 emails, in response to requests made by the State Department (SD). In these emails, there was also a letter to the SD informing them that her email address, and emails sent to those in government, were already preserved on their system since they went through the State Department’s server to reach the intended parties. The report then points out that the Federal Records Act, which was updated in 1995 to include emails, requires each State employee to preserve records, in one form or the other, of any and all correspondence relating to matters of State. Furthermore, in 2009, while Hillary was SoS, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) amended regulations regarding emails sent or received on a server not operated by State, requiring users to preserve records of all State related emails. Also, if Hillary sent an email to, or received an email from, another government on behalf of the SD, it would not have gone through the State’s server, therefore there is no record of such email without Hillary preserving a record. The report specifically says, “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service…” The report found that Clinton had a duty to inform the SD of the use of her private email for State business, as well as her private server for State business, yet failed to do so. The OIG also determined that her effort in turning over all emails to the SD was “incomplete”. Investigators found she had not turned over emails sent and received during her first few months as SoS from January to April 2009. They also discovered last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) turned over 19 emails between Clinton and then-General David H. Petraeus that had been sent from his official email account to her private account but had not been included among those she turned over.
It is true that other SoS have used a private email address, and have been found to be at fault for doing so. However, Secretary Clinton did not JUST use a private email address, she also used a separate, private server, located in her home, for much of her State business. Something no other SoS had done before. Even though most of Clinton’s staff knew of the server’s existence, no one informed the SD about it’s use, not even Clinton, whose duty is was to inform. Clinton had left the SD before they learned about the server. The SD’s current policy regarding servers, and other Automatic Information Systems (AIS), is that all systems must have the proper level of security protection and safeguards, and the system must be approved by the SD. In 2009, the regulations were updated by prohibiting the use of Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) in SD facilities, except for strictly unclassified areas. Since Clinton was with the SD from 2008-2013, she would’ve been informed of this update, and known she could not use her Blackberry, since it was a PDA. In fact, in March 2009 Diplomatic Security (DS) was informed of Clinton’s Blackberry. DS then sent a classified memorandum to Clinton’s Chief of Staff describing the security issues with using the Blackberry, including the device was prohibited. In response to the memorandum, Clinton then told the Assistant Secretary that she “gets it.” In November of 2010, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations emailed Clinton saying “we should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your [personal] email address to the department so you are not going to spam.” Clinton wrote in response, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.” Clinton did not want to share her personal email with the SD out of fear her personal correspondence would be accessed.
Any and all individuals who provided technical support for State approved servers would also have to be approved by the SD. The report points out, “two individuals who provided technical support to Secretary Clinton. The first, who was at one time an adviser to President Clinton but was never a State Department employee, registered the clintonemail.com domain on January 13, 2009. The second, a Schedule C political appointee who worked in IRM (Bureau of Information Resource Management for the State Department) as a senior adviser from May 2009 through February 2013.” On January 9th, 2011, the individual who never worked for the SD, notified the Secretary’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations that he had to shut down Clinton’s server because he believed “someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in I didn’t [sic] want to let them have a chance to.” Later that day, he again wrote, “we were attacked again so I shut [the server] down for a few min.” In March of 2012, just two months after the attempted hacking of Clinton’s private email, the SD issued a threat analysis warning to senior Department officials claiming to “indicate a dramatic increase since January 2011 in attempts by [redacted] cyber actors to compromise the private home e-mail accounts of senior Department officials.” It went on to say “Although the targets are unclassified, personal e-mail accounts, the likely objective is to compromise user accounts and thereby gain access to policy documents and personal information that could enable technical surveillance and possible blackmail.”
When she was requested to turn over the email server from her home to the FBI, she eventually complied, but not without first scrubbing it clean of any information. Luckily, the FBI claims to have been able to retrieve much of what she thought to have erased.
In the July 2015 interview referenced above, Hilary Clinton also stated that she didn’t “have to turn over 55,000 pages”, and that she did so because she “wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me.” This report tells us this is a lie since she was obligated to turn over those 55,000 pages of emails as part of the Federal Records Act. Furthermore, since she didn’t want to do the things that were expected of her, such as keeping records of all emails, turning them over when she left State, following the rules and regulations for emails and servers, it stands to reason that she had no intention to go above and beyond what was expected of her. Some may also find it deeply troubling that she shown greater concern with hiding her personal email correspondence from the SD, than she did with securing SD related emails from potential cyber threats. Hopefully, those are the emails the FBI was able to retrieve.