The Inspector General has found that Hillary “did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.” In the lengthy audit, the State Department has now proof that as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton never acquired a “review by legal counsel” regarding her email set up and her aides, who lied on her behalf, claim that her system was indeed legally approved.
“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service,” says the Inspector General report. No amount of bleating about what Condi Rice did, back when America Online and dial-up Internet were all the rage, can excuse Clinton for deliberately refusing to comply with such a basic, common-sense requirement.
Hillary was intentional in her choice to break the Federal Records Act. She continued to lie, changing her story as needed, but the evidence is stacked heavily against her.
Let’s not lose sight of what lurks at the heart of this Inspector General report: what Hillary Clinton did is uniquely bad, absolutely unprecedented, and she did it after decades of government experience with the Information Age had already passed. We’ve been told through her career that she’s the “smartest woman in the world,” but now her campaign will ask us to believe she learned nothing by studying the experiences of her predecessors.
That excuse should fall on deaf ears, because there is no way to continue pretending that Hillary Clinton made a mistake. This was a deliberate conspiracy to avoid State Department policies and federal law, involving a great many people… and the most important figures in the scandal refused to cooperate with the Inspector General.
Hillary, on the campaign trail, is already spinning this new development. Here is one way she will make herself the victim, claiming the IG is working for the “great right-wing conspiracy”.
In case you’re wondering how the Clinton syndicate will spin this disastrous report, the Washington Post offers a preview:
The timing of the report is inconvenient for Clinton, who now faces an intense onslaught of attacks from presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
But its release — as well as the conclusion of an ongoing FBI investigation — have also been seen for months by her allies as key milestones to finally putting the email issue to rest. They have worked to inoculate her against potentially critical findings, accusing the State Department’s inspector general of working in concert with congressional Republicans to harm her presidential campaign and noting that a top inspector general official used to work for Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).