Hillary Clinton’s press secretary appears to have changed his tune regarding the State Department inspector general’s report, which found Clinton did not comply with State Department policies.
As reported by Western Journalism, the department’s IG determined the former decretary of dtate did not follow policies implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act. The IG further singled out Clinton’s use of a private, unsecure email server for particular scrutiny, noting there was no record of her seeking permission to use it, and if she had asked permission, the request would have been denied.
Additionally, the IG report determined, at a minimum, Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with State Department business before leaving government service, rather than waiting nearly two years to do so.
The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross noted the difference in how Clinton’s press secretary, Brian Fallon, first responded to the IG report last week, versus how he responded this week.
On Friday, Fallon dismissed the IG report, telling CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that “there were questions raised about [the office of the inspector general] during the course of its investigation.”
“There were reports about individuals in this office coming forward and suggesting that there were hints of an anti-Clinton bias inside that office,” Fallon added.
“One report called attention to two OIG officials, one of whom had worked on an investigation of a former Hillary Clinton fundraiser. The other official previously worked for Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” Ross reported.
However, the overriding fact is that the State’s office of inspector general is led by Obama appointee Steven Linick, who launched the probe last year at the request of Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry requested the investigation into department emails practices after the revelation last spring that Clinton had used her private, unsecured server to conduct State Department business.
While Kerry and former secretaries of state 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.
After the above damning facts were circulating widely last week, Fallon switched his strategy this week from seeking to discredit the report to admission of his candidate’s culpability, couched in a 20/20 hindsight excuse.
“This is just another reason why she agrees in retrospect that having this particular arrangement hosting her account was not wise [emphasis added], and if she could do it again she would do it differently,” Fallon told NPR’s Diane Rehm on Tuesday.
“Of course, from the IG report we now know that had it been personally reviewed by the individuals in the diplomatic security office they would have said ‘Hey, you shouldn’t go forward with this.’ She respects that judgement and that’s why she has said that she regrets the decision,” Fallon added.