Hillary Clinton's Emails and the IG Report (May 2016) - She's a Liar
26 May 2016 at 6:05:25 PM
As someone who really appreciates Texas Open Records and FOIA records, I have never been able to understand Clinton's dissembling about why she had an email server in her basement, against State Department rules and without even their knowledge. The only logical reason for this seemed to be that she wanted to keep all of her email communications under her own personal control and out of potential public eye through FOIA requests. And indeed, that's what this newest report, which is damning against her, says.
It lays to rest the longtime Clinton defense that this use of a private server was somehow normal and allowed by government rules: It was not normal, and was not allowed by the government rules in place at the time. "The Department's current policy, implemented in 2005, is that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized Automated Information System (AIS), which "has the proper level of security control to … ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information."
There's a section in this article that neatly shreds Clinton's facetitious argument that Colin Powell did it too. But this is even more worrying than that to me.
The OIG found evidence that the server was attacked and that Clinton's staff members (and presumably Clinton herself) were aware of it. (Clinton at one point seems to have expressed concern that people might be trying to hack her email.) These incidents should have been reported to computer security personnel, but OIG found no evidence that they were. Clinton's supporters have offered the wan defense that "attacked" doesn't mean "actually hacked," but of course, since they didn't report it, there was no timely investigation, so we don't really know what happened, or even whether her server setup and/or server administrator were sophisticated enough to detect a penetration had one taken place.
Get that? Clinton, supposedly concerned about security and being hacked, DID NOT EVEN REPORT IT. Why not? Seems like, since the State Department didn't even KNOW that she had that private server, she didn't WANT them to know.
- This is the most profoundly amazing part of the whole story: Clinton's server administrator was hired by State as a political appointee, from which position he continued to provide support to Clinton's private email server during working hours, without telling anyone this was happening:
"The DCIO and CIO, who prepared and approved the Senior Advisor's annual evaluations, believed that the Senior Advisor's job functions were limited to supporting mobile computing issues across the entire Department. They told OIG that while they were aware that the Senior Advisor had provided IT support to the Clinton Presidential campaign, they did not know he was providing ongoing support to the Secretary's email system during working hours. They also told OIG that they questioned whether he could support a private client during work hours, given his capacity as a full-time government employee."
The very best, most chariable argument you can make against her is that she has terrible judgement. And that's the exact same reason she should never be president.
From a FOIA perspective, it's disgusting that she didn't even turn in any records until AFTER she was out of office, and even then SHE was the one that decided which ones to turn over. As an example on a state level, when a Texas citizen does an open records request, if the govt entity being asked doesn't want to give over the info, it can't simply decide for itself, but must go to the Texas AG to get approval to withhold the info. That is how it's done. That's how it's done with FOIA, too but obviously the State Dept couldn't have decided one way or the other about appropriate emails to let out to the public when Clinton didn't keep them on State servers in the first place, and in the second place, deleted a bunch with her own personal decision about which ones she would turn over. Bah. CLEARLY she was circumventing what she was supposed to be doing, and hiding her email.
Conservative legal watchdogs have discovered new emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email server dating back to the first days of her tenure as secretary of State.
The previously undisclosed February 2009 emails between Clinton from her then-chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, raise new questions about the scope of emails from Clinton’s early days in office that were not handed over to the State Department for recordkeeping and may have been lost entirely
Clinton’s presidential campaign has previously claimed that the former top diplomat did not use her personal "clintonemail.com" account before March 2009, weeks after she was sworn in as secretary of State.
But on Thursday, the watchdog group Judicial Watch released one message from Feb. 13, 2009, in which Mills communicated with Clinton on the account to discuss the National Security Agency’s (NSA) efforts to produce a secure BlackBerry device for her to use as secretary of State.
The discovery is likely to renew questions about Clinton’s narrative about her use of the private email server, which has come under scrutiny.
Last year, news organizations reported that Obama administration officials had discovered an email chain between Clinton and retired Gen. David Petraeus that began before Clinton entered office and continued through to Feb. 1. The chain of emails began on an earlier email system that Clinton used while serving in the Senate, but was reportedly transferred on to the clintonemail.com server.
In 2014, Clinton gave the State Department roughly 30,000 emails from her time in office that she said related to her work as the nation’s top diplomat. Another roughly 30,000 emails, which Clinton said contained personal information such as her daughter’s wedding plans and yoga routines, were deleted.
However, critics have questioned her decision to unilaterally delete the allegedly private emails without getting official input to determine which messages were personal and which were work-related.
Do you see this? She was LYING and ONLY because Judicial Watch did a FOIA request was it discovered.
Clinton told Abedin she was open to getting a separate email address but didn't want "any risk of the personal being accessible." Clinton never used an official State Department address, only using several private addresses to communicate. Abedin, Mills, Sullivan and Reines all also used private email addresses to conduct business, along with their government accounts.
Two other emails sent to Abedin were cited in the inspector general's report, but also did not turn up among the emails released by Clinton. Those messages to Abedin contained warnings in January 2011 from an unidentified aide to former President Bill Clinton who said he had to shut down Hillary Clinton's New York-based server because of suspected hacking attacks.
I've decided, despite being a lifelong Democrat, and never having voted Republican, to leave the corrupt Democratic party machine, particularly when it seems to push up someone like Hillary Clinton, who is more than a flawed candidate. She is untrustworthy, has poor judgement and should never be president. I won't vote for her no matter what.