The State Department’s inspector general has determined that Hillary Clinton did not comply with the agency’s record policies, singling out her use of a private, unsecured email server for particular scrutiny. The IG further revealed that Clinton and her aides refused to participate in the review.
The independent watchdog’s 83-page report to lawmakers noted one of the major failures of the former secretary of state was not turning over her emails when she left office, as required by law. “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,” the report states.
“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,” it adds.
“In December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office, she turned over more than 30,000 emails she said represented all of her work related correspondence. She said she also exchanged about 31,000 personal emails during her time as secretary and those notes have been deleted,” The Washington Post reported.
While current Secretary of State John Kerry and former secretaries Madeleine Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice all cooperated with the review, Clinton and her former State Department aides Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin all declined to do so.
The IG review is separate from the FBI investigation into whether Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured server violated the law regarding the handling of classified information.
As reported by Western Journalism, more than 2,000 Clinton emails were found to contain classified information, including 22 designated “top secret” and too damaging to be released to the public, even now.
When the story broke of Clinton’s use of an unsecured server last spring, she told reporters “no classified material” was on it. Later in the summer, she said it contained none that was “classified at the time.” In late January, she stated no information had been “marked classified.”
The report comes at a difficult time for Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, as she has seen her lead in the polls against presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump vanish. Her lack of honesty and trustworthiness is one of the main factors identified by poll respondents who hold a negative view of her candidacy.