Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied about her use of a personal email and private server for official government business, and then deleted thousands of emails. Clinton then falsely claimed the House of Representatives Benghazi Select Committee never subpoenaed her.
Now Clinton attempts to assert her actions were permitted, but this is in direct contradiction to her State Department policies and federal regulations. Clinton stated,
Everything that I did was permitted. There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.
However, since 2005, the State Department’s Foreign Affairs manual forbid using private email to transmit “sensitive but classified” agency information according to the Washington Examiner. Since 2009, a federal regulation required Clinton to “ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems [not operated by the agency] are preserved in the appropriate agency record-keeping system.”
Furthermore, Clinton’s office sent an order to State Department employees on June 28, 2011 instructing,
Avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts.
Then when the American ambassador to Kenya resigned in June 2012, an internal audit indicated
[H]is refusal to accept fully the Department’s decisions on … the nonuse of commercial email for official government business, except in emergencies, is widely known and a source of confusion and discouragement within the embassy community.
The Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) further highlights,
There are at least three separate legal obligations that should have informed and instructed her not to delete emails or wipe her server clean.
The true remaining question is, “When will Hilary Clinton stop lying about her actions?”