The latest State Department IG report contains additional ammunition for Hillary Clinton’s critics regarding here use of a private server while Secretary of State in violation of the Federal Records Act. In part, the document says:
“[CLinton] did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act…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.”
But criticism isn’t only coming from conservative precincts – Andrea Mitchell’s reaction on MSNBC’s Morning Joe shows that even reliable Clinton allies may be worried about the legitimacy and impact of the still mounting evidence against Clinton.
“There are so many flaws in [Hillary Clinton’s] argument. The politics, we’ll have to see how that plays out. But I don’t see how this is anything but devastating given the fact that they have been making a completely different argument now for more than a year…Claiming that this is the same as what former secretaries did, the comparison they’re making to Colin Powell. The facts are that Colin Powell was the first secretary of state to ever use email. He used it specifically to try to launch the State Department into the new century and try and get people to communicate by email. He was using it as an example. [Powell] did use some personal emails; he didn’t always separate them. But it was a completely above board—everybody in the State Department knew what he was doing.”
Although Clinton is edging closer to the delegate count required to secure the Democratic nomination, that total relies heavily on superdelegates who are unbound and can change their affiliation. If enough Democrat party leaders decide that Clinton’s email liabilities are a risk they cannot bear in the general election, it is possible they could renege on their prior pledges. Although it would seem unlikely, stranger things have indeed happened in the 2016 election cycle.
Read the IG report here.
Read the whole Washington Free Beacon transcript here.
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and implications for national security programs on June 17, 2010 at Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Chad J. McNeeley/Released)