Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore (CC-By-SA 2.0)

The U.S. State Department Officer of the Inspector General’s report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of emails entitled “Office of the Secretary:  Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements was released yesterday, and they criticized her email use as Secretary of State. The report said that Clinton while serving as Secretary of State failed to follow the department rules pertaining sensitive emails. It also said that she failed to inform key State Department staff regarding the use of her private email server.

“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,” the report, which was given to members of Congress, stated.

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Chair of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, responded:

“The Inspector General’s report doesn’t surprise me at all and substantiates what I’ve been seeing in the media.  Not only does the report undermine Secretary Clinton’s claim that the email system was approved, but it paints a pretty clear picture of obstruction and a desire to circumvent federal records laws.  Sadly, Secretary Clinton and her staff refused to cooperate with the Inspector General despite her claims of transparency and a willingness to answer anyone’s questions,” Grassley said in a released statement.

“Just as disturbing is that there appears to be several key documents referenced in the report that the State Department has withheld from the committee and some new witness testimony that clearly contradicts what former State Department staff have told the committee.  I’m worried that key claims to the committee made by the State Department and attorneys for the former Clinton aides have not been accurate.”

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