Hillary Clinton’s defense of her use of a private email address is a multi-tiered wonder of misdirection, misinformation, and outright Clintonian prevarication. Each of her defenses has been shattered, one after the other. She claims her predecessors did the same. The State Department IG proved that the regulations Clinton was subject to were different from those of her predecessors. She claims there was no information identified as classified sent to her private, and unsecure server. We know that is false. She has also claimed that she turned over all official emails to State Department and only deleted “e-mails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.”
Now we know that even this last statement is utterly false.
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
The email was not among the tens of thousands of emails Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence. Abedin, who also used a private account on Clinton’s server, provided a copy from her own inbox after the State Department asked her to return any work-related emails. That copy of the email was publicly cited last month in a blistering audit by the State Department’s inspector general that concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
“While this exchange was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton, the exchange was included within the set of documents Ms. Abedin provided the department in response to our March 2015 request,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told The Associated Press on Thursday.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said she provided “all potentially work-related emails” that were still in her possession when she received the 2014 request from the State Department.
What they are referring to is an email chain in which the State Department IT staff decided to disable spam and anti-phishing filters on the State Department’s email system in order to make it compatible with Clinton’s personal server. Somehow this damning email chain was not among those turned over by Clinton after her staff deleted “personal” emails. The fact that this was a potential negative disclosure indicates that the decision to delete it was deliberate and premeditated. While it didn’t get rid of the message, her failing to turn it over has delayed its discovery by four years. With a little more good luck, she could have delayed it until after the election.