Hillary Clinton’s woes get worse after the office of the Inspector General issued a damning report into her email server issues.
A federal watchdog has issued a highly critical report of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private emails server while head of the State Department.
The 83-page report published by the department’s Office of the Inspector General found “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” relating to electronic records keeping, archiving, and poor cybersecurity practices.
The report was started prior to Clinton’s appointment in 2009, but had significant focus on her time as secretary of state, a position she left in 2013.
The report said that her use of a private email server was “not an appropriate method” for preserving records and emails, given that the department and its staff were subject to federal rules requiring strict records keeping.
“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” said the report. “Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” it added.
Clinton later provided the records in 2014, a year after her post ended. Dozens of those emails were considered “secret” or the highest level of classification, “top secret.”
The former secretary of state is expected to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate in the coming weeks.
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