State Dept IG: We’re still probing Hillary’s e-mail system, too

posted at 8:41 am on January 7, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Did the State Department engage in willful denial about Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail server? A new report from State’s Inspector General scolds the department for giving an “inaccurate and incomplete” response to FOIA requests, report Carol Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman for the Washington Post, while noting that senior executives knew about Hillary’s secret system but failed to acknowledge it. In fact, the IG accuses the State Department of lying about whether they bothered to look at all for the records being sought:

Two years before the public learned of Hillary Clinton’s private server, the State Department gave an “inaccurate and incomplete” response about her email use when it told an outside group that it had no documents about Clinton’s email accounts beyond her government address, according to a report from the State Department’s inspector general to be released Thursday.

The State Department made its statement in response to a 2012 records request from the independent watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The response came even though Clinton’s chief of staff, who knew about the secretary’s private account, was aware of the inquiry, the report says. In addition, the IG review found that agency staffers had not searched Clinton’s office for emails.

The incident was one of four cases that the report highlights as examples of flawed responses to public-records requests made while Clinton was in office. The report found it was part of a long-standing problem stretching back through previous administrations.

“Flawed” is certainly one word for it. Fraud might be a better term, or at least obstruction of justice when it comes to representations made by the State Department about Hillary’s e-mail during FOIA lawsuits. One has to wonder whether courts involved in those cases might sanction State over serial misrepresentations — or Hillary Clinton herself, for that matter.

As internal reviews go, this one seems a day late and a dollar short … or to use the IG’s own term, incomplete. The FBI has a probe under way to look into the thousand-plus transmissions and retentions of classified information over the unauthorized and unsecured system. The State Department IG may be trying to catch up, though:

But the new report demonstrates the potential peril Clinton still faces over the issue. In addition to the FBI probe, the State Department inspector general, Steve Linick, indicated that his work is not done.

His office is preparing an additional report that could touch even more directly on Clinton’s conduct — examining the use of personal email and its effect on the department’s compliance with its duty to preserve records.

Peril may be too strong a word, relatively speaking. Hillary’s true peril will be from the potential prosecution she faces over serial violations of 18 USC 793 and 18 USC 1924, and that only exists to the extent that the Department of Justice will be willing to charge her at all. The risk that the State Department IG poses is entirely political. And let’s face it — if Hillary doesn’t get charged with criminal conduct, a finger-wagging, wrist-slapping report from the IG isn’t going to stick. If she does get charged with a crime, no one will remember a ridiculously belated shaming from an IG’s office that was strangely absent during Hillary’s tenure.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

The FBI has a probe under way to look into the thousand-plus transmissions and retentions of classified information over the unauthorized and unsecured system. The State Department IG may be trying to catch up, though:

I think they are trying to play CYA and not catch up. While Hillary might not be criminally charged because of the investigation, other people certainly could.

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Obama is just playing with her like a mean a$$ cat does a mouse just for the fun before the last bite.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:45 AM

Give the rogue server IT guy immunity and compel him to testify. Dude is still taking the 5th to protect himself and Hillary.

forest on January 7, 2016 at 8:53 AM

…We’re still probing Hillary..

Eww.

bernzright777 on January 7, 2016 at 8:56 AM

All I can say is “meh.”

I’m getting tired of hearing about the email.

Nothing is going to come of it, nothing.

There’s something there, but it’s nothing that is ever going to become something.

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Give the rogue server IT guy immunity and compel him to testify. Dude is still taking the 5th to protect himself and Hillary.

forest on January 7, 2016 at 8:53 AM

I think maybe he’s protecting himself from hillary.

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 AM

I’d love to see Hillary be taken down by this and her sexual predator of a spouse, but let’s face it, she’s a (1) she, (2) a Democrat & (3) a Clinton.

It ain’t going to happen. Not saying she’ll win the Presidency but ever suffer a single actual consequence of all her crimes, ha.

I’d love to be wrong…

Rogue on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Stock market will open and hit big sell off and trigger the circuit breakers.

Obama world.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 8:58 AM

All I can say is “meh.”

I’m getting tired of hearing about the email.

Nothing is going to come of it, nothing.

There’s something there, but it’s nothing that is ever going to become something.

Walter L. Newton on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 AM

And see my first post.

If something were to come of it, he’s got a fall back position: “I was medically unable to understand what I was doing.”

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:59 AM

she’s got

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:59 AM

Check out Drudge. (eye bleach warning)

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Give the rogue server IT guy immunity and compel him to testify. Dude is still taking the 5th to protect himself and Hillary.

forest on January 7, 2016 at 8:53 AM

I think maybe he’s protecting himself from hillary.

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:57 AM

I’m sure you’re right about that. Funny how the MSM have forgotten about him.

forest on January 7, 2016 at 9:02 AM

I got your back girlfriend
-Loretta

cmsinaz on January 7, 2016 at 9:09 AM

“Mrs. Clinton and her subordinates want you to know that she does not believe giving ‘incomplete and inaccurate’ information should be considered a lie.”

Run the commercial from now until Nov 2016.

Steve_in_SoCal on January 7, 2016 at 9:10 AM

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/06/law-enforcement-officials-medical-professionals-theres-something-seriously-wrong-hillary-clintons-health/

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:44 AM

I’ve been saying this for months now, she’s not going to be able to keep up with Trump.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Hillary is in no mood to be probed. She’s still in her training on how to lick Bush

rik on January 7, 2016 at 9:13 AM

I can’t wait for these deleted and otherwise “unavailable” email to show up 5 years from now in a Hillary “Memoire”.
Congress should pass a prohibition, that illegal or classified documents cannot be used to profit the sender.

OCULUS on January 7, 2016 at 9:16 AM

Elizabeth Warren. Calling Elizabeth Warren.

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:16 AM

IG’s office that was strangely absent during Hillary’s tenure

Obama never appointed an IG at State for the first four years of his administration. As far as HRC was concerned, that was a feature, not a bug.

HornHiAceDeuce on January 7, 2016 at 9:18 AM

That picture always reminds me of the blow-up pilot and flight attendant from Airplane.

Tinker on January 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM

Biden will run with E Warren as VP.

Biden will get Obama as a campaigner buddy for agreeing to keep Val Jarrett and the other creepy commie islamic’s

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Obama never appointed an IG at State for the first four years of his administration. As far as HRC was concerned, that was a feature, not a bug.

HornHiAceDeuce on January 7, 2016 at 9:18 AM

I am fairly certain that was part of the deal cut during the Primary.

Johnnyreb on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 AM

I love that picture. I hope that’s the look she has on the night of 11/8/16, or before when she’s indicted if we’re lucky.

GADinSB on January 7, 2016 at 9:28 AM

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/1/6/former-u-s-attorney-hillary-clinton-could-face-criminal-indictment-in-next-60-days

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

IS THIS HAPPENING?!

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:29 AM

Biden will run with E Warren as VP.

Biden will get Obama as a campaigner buddy for agreeing to keep Val Jarrett and the other creepy commie islamic’s

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 7, 2016 at 9:27 AM

Too late for anyone else to enter the race.

Gotta get signatures on the ballots.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Hillary is a criminal thug who has been given a free pass by both parties. I say that only because if a Republican comes into office in 2017 you will hear even less of her shenanigans.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2016 at 9:32 AM

Too late for anyone else to enter the race.

Gotta get signatures on the ballots.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Anything can happen at a Convention.

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:29 AM

I love you. Do you really believe the Obama Justice Department is going to charge her? The thought of Obama being that pissy is very attractive but I’m not buying.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Anything can happen for Democrats, I think New Jersey proved that.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

Obama never appointed an IG at State for the first four years of his administration. As far as HRC was concerned, that was a feature, not a bug.

HornHiAceDeuce on January 7, 2016 at 9:18 AM

This is why I believe that every single scandal during this administration, from F&F to the IRS to Benghazi, and the dozens in between, have Obama at their root.

leftamark on January 7, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Too late for anyone else to enter the race.
Gotta get signatures on the ballots.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

We’re talking about Democrats here. Anything is possible.

leftamark on January 7, 2016 at 9:41 AM

The IRS played the same games.

The government is accountable to on-one.

Welcome to the new world where government of the people, by the people, for the people, has perish from the earth (or at least from the USA).

It is now the government of the people government by the people government and for the people government.

Deafdog on January 7, 2016 at 9:46 AM

Younggod on January 7, 2016 at 9:33 AM

Anything can happen for Democrats, I think New Jersey proved that.

Cindy Munford on January 7, 2016 at 9:37 AM

We’re talking about Democrats here. Anything is possible.

leftamark on January 7, 2016 at 9:41 AM

These

Rogue on January 7, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Are Inspectors General from an independent office or are they tied to the department they are investigating?

A new report from State’s Inspector General scolds the department

I ask because the above quote makes it seem like they are part of the department. If so, in my opinion, they can’t be impartial.

Vince on January 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM

She’s a pig of a woman but you gotta admit, she looks so lovely in orange.

TXUS on January 7, 2016 at 10:13 AM

The report found it was part of a long-standing problem stretching back through previous administrations.

Naturally, it’s not this administration’s fault for doing this. *eyeroll*

Vince on January 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM

They are part of the department, but they generally answer to someone outside the department. Of course, if the corruption goes all the way to the President, there’s no one they answer to that isn’t part of the problem. (They usually have to answer to Congress, too – but we know how thoroughly they practice oversight.)

GWB on January 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM

GWB makes good points.
However, that the problem occurs repeatedly under different administrations indicates a systemic, corrupt mindset in the agency itself, which no doubt considers its work to be above the public’s reach and understanding — they don’t want to obstruct the sensitive negotiations of the diplomats by subjecting them to oversight by the people they are allegedly negotiating for.

Of course, that is how you get the great results of engaging in endless wars, arming known enemies, and making America a laughing-stock around the world.

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:11 AM

However, that the problem occurs repeatedly under different administrations indicates a systemic, corrupt mindset in the agency itself,

AesopFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:11 AM

I won’t disagree with that. Or the rest of your comment.

GWB on January 7, 2016 at 11:52 AM

IF the FBI pushes for an indictment,
The AG WILL decline to prosecute,
IF the FBI goes to the mat on this,
the MSM WILL bury the story and make the FBI out to be a rogue organization.

I don’t see this going very far, especially given the utter fecklessness of the Benghazi Committee.

jnelchef on January 7, 2016 at 11:55 AM

Hillary! isn’t going to be prosecuted by anyone.

GarandFan on January 7, 2016 at 11:58 AM

have Obama at their root.

leftamark on January 7, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Valerie Jarrett

GWB on January 7, 2016 at 1:13 PM

Nov, 2035. Hillary Clinton indicted for multiple violations of Federal law. Oh, never mind. She’s dead.

vnvet on January 7, 2016 at 2:04 PM

Too late for anyone else to enter the race.

Gotta get signatures on the ballots.

fossten on January 7, 2016 at 9:30 AM

If Hillary> winds up indited, the Democrats can always go to a brokered convention. Paging Mr. Biden, paging Joe Biden, please report to the rostrum please. Paging Joe Biden…

ReggieA on January 7, 2016 at 2:40 PM

His office is preparing an additional report…

Oh nooo! Not another report! Hillary is surely toast now.

Oxymoron on January 7, 2016 at 4:43 PM

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/01/06/law-enforcement-officials-medical-professionals-theres-something-seriously-wrong-hillary-clintons-health/

IDontCair on January 7, 2016 at 8:44 AM

The DNC doesn’t need a actual competent person in the white house. Obama is a prime example of that. They literally only need “the empty chair”.

On that note, their choice of her running mate should prove rather interesting.

“I don’t think she has the physical stamina to be president,” he stated. “I have no doubt that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) won’t call her on it, but Trump certainly would.”

GOPe doesn’t mind playing 2nd fiddle to an empty chair. They’ve made that pretty clear these last 7 years.

Oxymoron on January 7, 2016 at 5:06 PM