What the new inspector general report on Hillary Clinton's emails actually says
This report doesn’t reveal anything new. Clinton already said that using a private email server instead of the State Department’s system was a mistake, and she apologized for it. But there’s no evidence that national security was actually compromised, none of her emails contained information that was classified at the time she sent or received it, and even if she violated departmental policy, she certainly didn’t do anything criminal. . . .
[T]he report says the issues with the management of the Secretary of State's emails are of longstanding and go back with the last five Secretaries of State. The report also singles out Colin Powell, who had a similar set up. The criticism is there. It definitely wasn't a good arrangement.
Lost in the hyperbole is the fact that the OIG report was meticulous and thorough, but also dispassionate, just like any other OIG report I've read. There was no direct criticism of Clinton, sharp or otherwise. The OIG was examining the State Department's practices, not specifically investigating Clinton's actions. . . .
Clinton has argued that she was in compliance with the law because all emails related to official business were sent to other employees with State Department addresses. But the audit maintains that "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." Finally, Clinton has said that the decision to use a private server was motivated by a desire for “convenience.” But the audit indicates that privacy may have been the most significant motivator: The report cites an email exchange from November 2010 in which Clinton aide Huma Abedin suggested that they "talk about putting you on state email," since some of the secretary’s messages to staff were winding up in spam folders. “Let's get a separate address or device but I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton replied.
OIG identified more than 90 Department employees who periodically used personal email accounts to conduct official business. . . . .A former Director of Policy Planning wrote: “State’s technology is so antiquated that NO ONE uses a State-issued laptop and even high officials routinely end up using their home email accounts to be able to get their work done quickly and effectively.”
This must be the first time we've quoted Bill Kristol (favorably) here
“Isn’t it clear Trump is a pathological narcissist and liar?”
And petulant too. I've never seen a major political figure who is so quick to lash out at minor perceived slights (and I remember Nixon). Here he nastily attacks a Hispanic governor, the head of the Republican Governors Association, and . . . a one-time VP prospect
Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, accused Martinez of not doing her job when he showed up in her back yard Tuesday night for a rally that Martinez declined to attend. “She’s got to do a better job. Okay? Your governor has got to do a better job," Trump said. "She’s not doing the job. Hey! Maybe I’ll run for governor of New Mexico. I’ll get this place going. She’s not doing the job. We’ve got to get her moving. Come on: Let’s go, governor.”
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How's that outreach to Hispanics going there, Donald?
How's that outreach to women going there, Donald?The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) ২৫ মে, ২০১৬
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If we're going to be forced to revisit the Clinton Scandals of the 90's, the real and the illusory, it's good to have a primer. Here it is
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At Trump rally that started a few moments ago in California Trump kicked off the rally with a women who thanked God for sending Trump to earth to be our President. . .
How Trump's crude lack of civility is infecting his followers, like VP prospect Tom Cotton. Remember the Senate is supposed to be the dignified half of Congress
"I'm forced to listen to the bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the minority leader. Normally like other Americans I ignore them, I can't ignore them today," Cotton said of Reid's complaints. "When was the last time the minority leader read a bill? It was probably an electricity bill."
Then responding to Reid's protestations over the Senate GOP's schedule, which appears headed toward working the least days in session in 60 years, Cotton said there is a silver lining. "Whatever you think about that, the happy by-product of fewer days in session in the Senate is that this institution will be cursed less with his cancerous leadership," Cotton said.
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