Following the release of the damning report by the State Department Inspector General, which as we noted earlier, found not only that Hillary's error to surrender all emails violated government policy, but that her use of private email for public business was “not an appropriate method” of preserving documents and that her practices failed to comply with department policies meant to ensure that federal record laws are followed, everyone was waiting for the official response from Hillary's camp. It came out moments ago from Reuters.
CLINTON SPOKESMAN SAYS INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT SHOWS CLINTON'S EMAIL PRACTICES CONSISTENT WITH THAT OF FORMER SECRETARIES OF STATE
In other words, while Hillary's gross lack of judgment was not "Bush's fault", she merely did the same errors as all other previous StateSecs did - in her opinion - and as a result you must acquit.
While we await further commentary from Clinton, we can only assume that Hillary's sole justification for why she did what even the OIG now says was a violation of federal record policies, will not be "because others did it."
Furthermore, as the Hill adds, we wonder if "other" Secretaries of State had the following exchange with their top advisors:
In November 2010, longtime aide Huma Abedin suggested that Clinton consider a state.gov email account or “releasing” her personal clintonemail.com address to the State Department.
Clinton might want to consider the move, Abedin suggested, “so you are not going to spam.”
But Clinton appeared to reject the proposal from her then-deputy chief of staff for operations.
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” she said.
The problem for Hillary, as a Romanian hacker is about to testify under oath and who previously said that he had gained access to the former Hillary's "completely unsecured" server - "It was like an open orchid on the Internet", "there were hundreds of folders" - both appear to have been very easily accessible.
Here is the full statement released by Brian Fallon:
"While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own partisan purposes, in reality, the Inspector General documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other Secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email. The report shows that problems with the State Department's electronic recordkeeping systems were longstanding and that there was no precedent of someone in her position having a State Department email account until after the arrival of her successor. Contrary to the false theories advanced for some time now, the report notes that her use of personal email was known to officials within the Department during her tenure, and that there is no evidence of any successful breach of the Secretary's server. We agree that steps ought to be taken to ensure the government can better maintain official records, and if she were still at the State Department, Secretary Clinton would embrace and implement any recommendations, including those in this report, to help do that. But as this report makes clear, Hillary Clinton's use of personal email was not unique, and she took steps that went much further than others to appropriately preserve and release her records."