A new inspector general report details how Hillary Clinton broke the law by using a private email server for official correspondence during her tenure as secretary of State.
The agency’s top watchdog revealed that Clinton should have been archiving all of her correspondence, or at a minimum have turned it over before she stepped down as secretary in 2013. Her failure to do so violated not just State Department policy but also federal open records laws.
The report also revealed that Clinton was warned against using a private server in 2010, but that she shrugged it off. She responded that she preferred to keep her emails a secret instead of complying with the law.
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Starting on page 26, the report details how using private email servers and accounts opened cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Clinton was warned about the risks of using a private email account multiple times and even had a paper copy in her files of the department’s policies on how to keep emails secure. Yet she ignored all of these instructions and persisted to using an unsecured server that was hacked multiple times.
On page 40, the report includes an excerpt of an e-mail exchange between Jonathan Cooper, a former advisor to Bill Clinton who registered Hillary Clinton’s e-mail domain, and a State Department aide. In the exchange, Cooper tells the aide that he had to shut down the server because “someone was trying to hack us and while they did not get in i didnt [sic] want to let them have the chance to.”
On another occasion, State Department employees emailed warning one another not to send “anything sensitive” to Clinton.