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The political world was rocked on Wednesday by a newly released report from the State Department’s Inspector General on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. To the surprise of just about no one, they found that Hillary’s private email server was irregular and did violate Federal regulations.

The report says:

“The Federal Records Act requires appropriate management and preservation of Federal Government records, regardless of physical form or characteristics that document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of an agency. For the last two decades, both Department of State (Department) policy and Federal regulations have explicitly stated that emails may qualified as Federal records.”

So, what does that mean? It means that Hillary can’t make excuses about them being emails and therefore not records, or unimportant and personal, or that she didn’t know better. This policy has been in place since email became a major part of our world, and a Secretary of State serving from 2009-2013 would certainly be aware of these regulations. She wasn’t new to the email game, and this wasn’t a new rule, so she has zero excuses for not following it. As the Secretary of State, she was required to obey the Federal Records Act, and she didn’t. It is as simple as that.

The report goes on to contradict Hillary’s statements that she compiled with Federal law and departmental protocol, saying:

“As previously discussed, however, sending emails from a personal account to other employees at their Department accounts is not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a Federal record. Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. 98 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.  NARA agrees with the foregoing assessment but told OIG that Secretary Clinton’s production of 55,000 pages of emails mitigated her failure to properly preserve emails that qualified as Federal records during her tenure and to surrender such records upon her departure. OIG concurs with NARA but also notes that Secretary Clinton’s production was incomplete.”

It is important to note that the State Department’s Office of Inspector General report is separate from the ongoing FBI investigation into Hillary’s private email server.

The big question plaguing everyone is whether or not Hillary will face prosecution for this? To be frank, probably not. The Obama Administration is unlikely to pursue prosecution for breaking the Federal Records Act against Clinton, even with the public pressure that is sure to follow this State Department Report.  Hillary Clinton is still the front-runner for the Democratic Nomination, and a little law-breaking isn’t going to stop them from their coronation of Queen Hillary. The real question is whether or not this report and the ongoing FBI investigation will hurt Hillary in the polls come November.  

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member