Even Hillary Clinton’s former minions at the State Department now admit she deliberately ignored federal security rules when she insisted on putting her emails on a wide-open home-brew server.
The recently released Inspector General’s report delves into Clinton’s email scandal, as well as the issue of cyber security and record keeping around the past five secretaries of State.
To call the report’s examination of Clinton scathing is to be overly kind. It concludes that Clinton was warned on multiple occasions to follow protocols and use secure government computer systems, but she willfully ignored the warnings.
The IG report also found evidence of efforts to protect Clinton’s server from official examination.
“The review found that Clinton, who has said her system was secure, also never provided security details to agency officials responsible for safeguarding sensitive government information,” according to the Washington Post.
The report cites an incident when two IT staffers in 2010 questioned whether Clinton’s server was properly preserving records of her emails at State, but they were told by a State official that the server had been reviewed by lawyers and “never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.” The IG report found no evidence of a legal review of the server.
The IG report also points out that State Department officials during her tenure were warned repeatedly to use secure communication methods and to contact technical staff if they needed help doing so, and that some of those warnings were sent out under Clinton’s own signature during a period when she was, in fact, violating those security procedures.
Clinton’s reaction this week to the IG report was typical.
“It’s the same story,” she said. “Just like previous secretaries of state, I used a personal email. Many people did. It was not at all unprecedented. I have turned over all of my emails. No one else can say that. I have been incredibly open about doing that. I will continue to be open, and it’s not an issue that is going to affect either the campaign or my presidency.”
In other words, the rules that govern everyone else don’t apply to the Great and Powerful Hillary.
Some people in the media are starting to have trouble continuing to run defense for her. Andrea Mitchell was blunt during a segment on MSNBC.
“She violated the official records act according to her own State Department IG appointed by President Obama,” Mitchell said. “… It completely undercuts the argument she’s been making for more than a year just as she’s trying to persuade voters she’s untrustworthy. I think the most surprising and shocking thing is their reaction. Claiming this is the same as what former secretaries did.”
Given the immorality, unconstitutionality and illegitimacy of the current Administration, it’s difficult to imagine a presidency that could sink lower. But if such corruption is possible, it would happen under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
The imperial presidency of Barack Obama would pale in comparison.
Mitchell concluded, “The politics, we’ll have to see how that plays out. But, I don’t see how this is anything but devastating.”
We can only hope.