FBI Release Shows Secretary Clinton Directed State Department Staff to Avoid Using Personal Emails in 2011

Such a revelation should come as no surprise to most.  Federal agencies require annual records training as well as separate annual training on information security.  As the federal fiscal year ends federal agencies are pushing employee to complete these trainings now, with weekly reports from managers to upper managers and executives on the percentage of employees in their offices who have completed their requisite training.

The heads of agencies routinely send emails to all staff reminding employees about the required trainings, as Secretary Clinton probably did in this case.  The real question is whether these political appointees ever actually complete these trainings themselves. And that is something only a FOIA, IG or GAO investigation could tell the public.

Remember, Hillary Clinton isn’t the only agency head to have conducted agency business on personal emails.  Lisa Jackson, former head of the EPA, had a psuedonymous handle she used during her time as Administrator.  Lisa Jackson was known as “Richard Windsor”.

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/20130926-13-p-0433.pdf

While Secretary Clinton was not the first to circumvent agency requirements and use personal email, as Colin Powell’s email to her makes clear, she was the only agency head to run a personal server for those emails.  But to have sent an email to staff warning them to follow federal laws and agency policies on avoiding the use of personal emails for government business makes her actions all the more hypocritical and worthy of scrutiny.

If her penchant for privacy over public disclosure as a government agency head is any indication of how she will behave as President, and this weeks issue with her campaign failing to disclose her pneumonia continues that trend, we have much to fear from both major party candidates.

 

 

 

 

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