State to Huma in 2011: Your boss better get an official e-mail account

posted at 6:01 pm on January 18, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the State Department expressed surprise that its top official spent four years running the organization without ever getting her own official e-mail account? Good times, good times. Chuck Ross makes a good catch at the Daily Caller in finding an e-mail from Huma Abedin to State executive secretary Stephen Mull rejecting his proposal for an official Blackberry with a State e-mail account in the middle of a discussion about ongoing failures with Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail server:

“We are working to provide the Secretary per her request a Department issued Blackberry to replaced her personal unit which is malfunctioning,” wrote Mull, noting that the device was malfunctioning “possibly because of [sic] her personal email server is down.”

He offered to prepare two Blackberries, one of which would include “an operating State Department email account.”

And curiously, Mull noted that the official version “would mask her identity” but “would also be subject to FOIA requests.”

Abedin’s response? “Let’s discuss the state blackberry, doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.” Interestingly, it would appear that this e-mail conversation took place on Abedin’s official State Department e-mail account, as well as Hillary’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills, from the headers used:

Stephen Mull Emails to Cheryl Mills

What does this mean? Ross makes the point clear in his opening:

Bombshell emails from the State Department show that a top official at the agency suggested to Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, in Aug. 2011 that the then-secretary of state begin using a government email account to protect against unexpected outages of her private email server.

But as the emails show, Abedin pushed back on the suggestion, telling the official, Stephen D. Mull, then the executive secretary of the State Department, that a State-issued Blackberry equipped with a state.gov email address “doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

Besides showing that Clinton’s top aides were against the idea of her using a state.gov email account, the emails show for the first time that top State Department officials were aware of Clinton’s private email server arrangement.

This is important for several reasons, but it might put State Department officials in some very hot water. The department’s officials repeatedly represented to courts in FOIA lawsuits that they had no responsive e-mails from Hillary Clinton or her aides. Later, after the secret e-mail system was discovered, State had to go back to court and agree to search her archives but still represented that they didn’t know about her personal system. This exchange, in which Mull, Mills, and Abedin discuss how to resolve ongoing failures in Hillary’s private e-mail server, might demonstrate that State obstructed justice in these FOIA cases.

It could create other problems at State as well. They were required to keep official communications archived under the Federal Records Act. As long as no one at State knew about the system, their response early last year to demand the records after the e-mail scheme was exposed would suffice to meet that legal obligation. Now, however, it appears that not only did State Department officials knew about the private server located at the private residence, they were committing in-house State resources to keeping it in operation. That would possibly involve conversion of government resources to private use, which would be a crime for officials at State … including Hillary Clinton herself, who had to be aware of the efforts, since the server was located in her house. And that might be one reason why Bryan Pagliano will take the Fifth, absent a deal.

Let’s not forget Mull’s warning about FOIA exposure, too. That would indicate that State Department officials were not the unknowing victims of Hillary’s scheme to hide her communications from Congress and the courts, but active participants in a conspiracy. Did Mull ever alert anyone — the Inspector General would have been the obvious choice — that Hillary et al was using a system that shielded her from FOIA demands? If not, why not?

Perhaps the FBI is already asking these questions. Let’s hope a prosecutor starts asking them soon.


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Huma to State: “Stand Down!”

ShainS on January 18, 2016 at 6:03 PM

…That Skank’s Blackberry got “schlonged”…by a Huma…

…where’s a Weiner when you need him…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 18, 2016 at 6:09 PM

O/T:

Glenn Frey 1948 – 2016 (R.I.P.)

Crank it up!

tanked59 on January 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM

that a State-issued Blackberry equipped with a state.gov email address “doesn’t make a lot of sense.”

It only doesn’t make sense if Hillary had something to hide. And Huma knows about it.

rbj on January 18, 2016 at 6:11 PM

anyone who ever received an email from her, could see by the header that she was not using a .gov account.

The entire cast of thousands with whom she interacted within the US and overseas, knew she had her own private account. And nobody said nothing.

So you can see why 30,000 emails had to be deleted and the server forensically scrubbed. Imagine what is in those emails.

Me, I don’t have to imagine.

HugoDrax on January 18, 2016 at 6:12 PM

“We are working to provide the Secretary per her request a Department issued Blackberry to replaced her personal unit which is malfunctioning,” wrote Mull, noting that the device was malfunctioning “possibly because of [sic] her personal email server is down.”
===============

And then HilRod malfunctioned, this angle needs more
coverage!
———-

Hillary Clinton treated for concussion after fall
Secretary of State fainted and fell, striking her head, according to the State Department.
*********************************

She’s recovering at home after being treated at a hospital. Last week, Clinton was battling the flu, but it’s not clear if the fall was connected.
BY Jonathan Lemire
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday,
December 15, 2012, 1:06 PM
**************************

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/hillary-clinton-treated-concussion-fall-article-1.1220947

canopfor on January 18, 2016 at 6:13 PM

The department’s officials repeatedly represented to courts in FOIA lawsuits that they had no responsive e-mails from Hillary Clinton or her aides. Later, after the secret e-mail system was discovered, State had to go back to court and agree to search her archives but still represented that they didn’t know about her personal system

…she had more than one account…this is just more BEE-ESS…

Pelosi Schmelosi on January 18, 2016 at 6:14 PM

O/T:

Glenn Frey 1948 – 2016 (R.I.P.)

Crank it up!

tanked59 on January 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM

tanked59: Yup, that makes three:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/glenn-frey-dies/

canopfor on January 18, 2016 at 6:15 PM

And curiously, Mull noted that the official version “would mask her identity” but “would also be subject to FOIA requests.”

Hillary believes she should be exempt from FIOA requests………can’t imagine why.

antipc on January 18, 2016 at 6:16 PM

I don’t know about y’all, but I have utmost faith in Carlos Danger’s wife, in matters of proper use of telecomm–fax machines excepted, of course.

Christien on January 18, 2016 at 6:16 PM

So, did anyone do anything about it? Will they? Don’t hold your breath.

they lie on January 18, 2016 at 6:19 PM

tlaloc, computer science engineer, troll extraordinaire, where you be honey chile?

arnold ziffel on January 18, 2016 at 6:20 PM

According to Linda Tripp, no one was willing to cross the Clintons. Looks like that still holds true today as it did when they were in the WH and the State Dept.

they lie on January 18, 2016 at 6:20 PM

Picking out the drapes.

Tlaloc

SpongePuppy on January 18, 2016 at 6:23 PM

This is not the e-mail server you’re looking for.

~ Huma Wan Kenobi

MJBrutus on January 18, 2016 at 6:28 PM

O/T:

Glenn Frey 1948 – 2016 (R.I.P.)

Crank it up!

tanked59 on January 18, 2016 at 6:10 PM

Loved Eagles (that’s the official band name, not The Eagles).

Just got home after seeing 13 Hours. Great flick and quite true to the book.

Was annoyed though that every time I saw the actor playing Tyrone Woods (James Badge Dale), I kept thinking it was Don Henley …

ShainS on January 18, 2016 at 6:30 PM

What difference, at this point, does it make? Besides, rules are for thee, not for me. Kilary.

skanter on January 18, 2016 at 6:33 PM

Both go to jail!

albill on January 18, 2016 at 6:37 PM

Sad Cafe

kcewa on January 18, 2016 at 6:43 PM

Sad Cafe

kcewa on January 18, 2016 at 6:43 PM

How did that let me post twice? Sorry.

kcewa on January 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

I gotta say that until a prosecutor steps up to the plate with indictments, I don’t really care to hear all of this drip, drip, drip of revelations. This is to say that there’s no way Lynch will prosecute so this is all just a hill o’ beans.

To be flea, the only way this is resolved to my satisfaction is to see the Pantsuit in a prison Jumpsuit l.

NY2SC on January 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

“clear”, not flea

NY2SC on January 18, 2016 at 6:45 PM

I gotta say that until a prosecutor steps up to the plate with indictments, I don’t really care to hear all of this drip, drip, drip of revelations.

NY2SC on January 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

Agreed. It’s “Troll our readers” day here at Hot Air.

Magicjava on January 18, 2016 at 6:46 PM

This is to say that there’s no way Lynch will prosecute so this is all just a hill o’ beans.

NY2SC on January 18, 2016 at 6:44 PM

I hope the head of the FBI resigns if Lynch refuses to prosecute.

kcewa on January 18, 2016 at 6:47 PM

Given HIllary’s track record of throwing subordinates and trusted colleagues under the bus, my prediction is that it will be Huma who gets indicted exactly one day before being found in Ft Marcy Park.

AtTheRubicon on January 18, 2016 at 6:53 PM

Now, however, it appears that not only did State Department officials knew about the private server located at the private residence, they were committing in-house State resources to keeping it in operation. That would possibly involve conversion of government resources to private use, which would be a crime for officials at State … including Hillary Clinton herself,

The Felonies keep stacking up. Pretty soon we are talking some serious jail time for someone.

Johnnyreb on January 18, 2016 at 6:56 PM

At this rate they should be able to indict half the State Department.

I can dream.

talkingpoints on January 18, 2016 at 7:17 PM

Bombshell emails from the State Department

I guess it was manufactured in North Korea given the lack of any explosion.

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….

Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….

Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

FBI? Prosecutor? Someone went and got themselves a case of the sillies today.

Carnac on January 18, 2016 at 7:53 PM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….

Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Q.E.D.

ShainS on January 18, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….
Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

That’s you buddy.

Heh.

itsspideyman on January 18, 2016 at 8:06 PM

like how they admit they did not have permission to install equipment at someones residence but they did it anyway.
that whole paragraph needs clarification…was this equipment to deal with the call transferring or an email issue?

dmacleo on January 18, 2016 at 8:11 PM

There’s no doubt in my mind that the Obama Administration communications policy allowed for some people to use private accounts. It was probably one of those “wink, wink” deals where they’d say something like, “You know it’s against the rules to use a personal account, one which wouldn’t be subject to FOIA requests and all those other investigative things so, if you were to do this, we don’t want to know.” and then just not pay attention to e-mail addresses and insist you just didn’t know. However, as we all know, everyone knew and, just the fact that FOIA requests were brought up, we can insinuate that people knew Mrs. Clinton wanted to avoid accountability.

Will she be prosecuted? I’ll bet no!

bflat879 on January 18, 2016 at 8:57 PM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….
Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM
Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?
Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM
That’s you buddy.
Heh.
itsspideyman on January 18, 2016 at 8:06 PM

Problem is, to paraphrase the Greatest Rabbit of Them All, “State ain’t got no sense’a Huma….”

In addition to that [and probably even that] driploc is devoid of everything.

RL on January 18, 2016 at 9:22 PM

Bombshell emails from the State Department

I guess it was manufactured in North Korea given the lack of any explosion.

Kenny Bania on January 18, 2016 at 7:41 PM

Care to comment on whether or not the North Korea test was them testing an Iranian weapon?

But more importantly, how come Hillario refused to shake hands with Grandpa Bernie after the Democrat debate last night?

That’s a desperate snub of a long-established political debate rule of etiquette, especially since she did shake hands with Martin O’Malley after the debate.

And was the 2014 commissioning, creating, and then airing by C-BS of s “fictional” series based on a Blonde Secretary of State named “Madam” anything more than a free 2-year campaign commercial for the Democrats on the part of the same network that got busted for trying to swing the 2004 Presidential election to that same party?

By the way, it’s so fitting that in “Madame Secretary”, the part of Huma is played by…Lillith Sternin Crane. Now that is Comedy Gold, Kenny!

(Starts 900 FBI Files-Sized Snowdial)

Del Dolemonte on January 18, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Wake me up when someone gets punished for all of this.

It should be a long long rest.

Sherman1864 on January 19, 2016 at 1:41 AM

Huma is said to have replied “Ok, I’ll get right on it as soon as I find my husbands IPad.”

Cleer1 on January 19, 2016 at 2:22 AM

No worries
-Loretta

cmsinaz on January 19, 2016 at 4:37 AM

Hillary skates while they talk about demoting Gen. Petraeus.

petefrt on January 19, 2016 at 7:58 AM

Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

And we all know why you think so.

Rejected=disproven in your eyes, you said so yourself.

GrumpyOldFart on January 19, 2016 at 8:05 AM

Drip, Drip, Drip…….

Barred on January 18, 2016 at 7:51 PM

Can you have a ‘drip’ with zero volume?

Tlaloc on January 18, 2016 at 7:52 PM

Q.E.D.

ShainS on January 18, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Tlaloc walked into that one.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 19, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Ed Morrisey,

You might want to note that Fox News just that Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III has just released a report stating that HRC had emails that had the most sensitive security label on it known as “special access programs” (SAP).

Intelligence from a “special access program,” or SAP, is even more sensitive than that designated as “top secret” – as were two emails identified last summer in a random sample pulled from Clinton’s private server she used as secretary of state. Access to a SAP is restricted to those with a “need-to-know” because exposure of the intelligence would likely reveal the source, putting a method of intelligence collection — or a human asset — at risk.

Conservative Samizdat on January 19, 2016 at 1:06 PM

but active participants in a conspiracy

The key word in bold.

jnelchef on January 19, 2016 at 3:26 PM