Hillary Clinton Has More Email Headaches Following State Department Report
Though I am a strong supporter of Hillary Clinton for president I am continually troubled by the lack of reasoning that went into the creation and use of a separate email server during her time as secretary of state.
The State Department inspector general has now concluded that Clinton did not comply with the agency’s policies on records. The report with such a conclusion was released today to lawmakers. Equally concerning to me is another revelation that Clinton and her top aides chose not to cooperate with the review.
I have been consistent with my concerns about how Clinton dealt with this matter and also am not pleased to know that the inquiry by the department did not have complete cooperation by herself or her aides. The process of government deserved better.
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 and failure to promptly turn over the records.
“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.”
This is just not the way Clinton wants to close the nominating process. But then the way she handled her emails was not the way business should have been conducted in the secretary’s office.
There are more bumps and grinds for Clinton due to her own mistakes.