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Inspector General: Clinton Violated Federal Records Act

| by Ray Brown
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton broke several government policies and did not comply with the Federal Records Act when she used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State, according to a State Department watchdog's report.

The Office of the Inspector General's report, which was released to lawmakers on May 25, comes at a time when Clinton is trying to wrap up the Democratic nomination against Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. However, she continues to face problems related to the email controversy, including an ongoing FBI investigation that has yet to conclude.

The report said that Clinton should have printed and saved her emails during her four years in office or immediately surrendered all work-related emails when she stepped down in 2013, the Washington Post notes. Instead, Clinton kept the records for nearly two years after leaving office.

“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 stated, according to Politico.

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In addition, the report stated that Clinton did not seek approval to have her entire correspondence put on a private server set up in her home in Chappaqua, New York. And officials told the inspector general's office that they "did not - and would not - approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business" because of "security risks," Reuters reported.

Two lower-level IT staff members expressed concerns about the private email server to their superiors, the report stated. But although Clinton never sought approval for the private server, those staff members were told that the server was, indeed, approved.

“ ... [T]he Director stated that the Secretary's personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further," the report stated, as pointed out by journalist Glenn Greenwald on Twitter.

"As previously noted, [the Office of the Inspector General] found no evidence that staff in the Office of the Legal Adviser reviewed or approved Secretary Clinton's personal system."

And according to one of the IT staff members who expressed concern about the server, "the Director stated that the mission of S/ES-IRM is to support the Secretary and instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again."

Sources: Washington Post, Reuters, Glenn Greenwald/Twitter, Politico / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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