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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Clinton ADMITS; Didn’t Have Permission For Secret Email Server
Socio-political commentary ... Stephen Dinan. Hillary Clintonadmitted under oath that she doesn’t recall asking anyone for permission to use a secret server and email account during her time in theState Department, contradicting her previous public pronouncements that she had gotten approval.
She said she didn’t recall seeing a 2011 warning about increased hacking attempts on senior department officials’ private accounts, and said she didn’t actually write another warning that went out under her name.
“Secretary Clinton states that she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned during her tenure as Secretary of State about hacking or attempted hacking of her clintonemail.com e-mail account or the server that hosted her clintonemail.com account,” she said in sworn testimony filed in federal court Thursday.
In her carefully worded answers Mrs. Clinton said she left it up to her lawyers to go through her more than 60,000 messages and decide which ones were official business and should be shipped back some 22 months after she left office. She also said her lawyers were in charge of wiping her server clean, and she “does not have personal knowledge about the details of that process.”
Mrs. Clinton never told the official charged with storing her records about her secret arrangement, and never thought to turn over her messages when she left the department in 2013.
She said left it to her underlings to store her messages, since she was often emailing them on their official state.gov accounts. But she admitted she didn’t give thought to how her messages with those outside the department were being stored.
“She did not consider how e-mails she sent to or received from persons who did not have State Department e-mail accounts would be searched by the Department in response to FOIA requests,” she said.
In 2015, Mrs. Clinton testified to Congress that at least 90 percent of her messages went to other State Departmentemployees so she was sure they were being stored. That number has since been challenged, including in an analysis done by The Washington Times.
In her sworn testimony Mrs. Clinton refused to say where she got the 90 percent number, saying the information was protected by attorney-client privilege.