Hillary Clinton and CBS News anchor Charlie Rose discussed the Democratic presumptive nominee’s propensity for untrustworthiness, which has only been exacerbated in the eyes of voters by her recent email scandal.
But she says she’s sorry, that she made a mistake, and that it won’t happen again.
Hillary assured the news anchor that she is “the last person you will ever have to worry about, ever – not being 100 percent as specific and precise as I can be so that nobody ever raises any questions like that ever again.”
She said that many government officials had done the same thing that she had, but now that the rules have “been clarified, we will all be able to understand them better.”
Even PolitiFact was able to explain that the rules have been clear the entire time they’ve been in effect:
First of all, the State Department’s policy as of 2005 (Clinton joined in 2009) is that all day-to-day operations are to be conducted on the official State Department information channel. Clinton never once used this State Department email system.
And if an employee needs to use a personal email for conducting official business, he or she has an “obligation” to consult with the chief information officer and the assistant secretary for diplomatic security. However, Clinton did neither.
These two offices told the inspector general that they “did not — and would not — approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the (Foreign Affairs Manual) and the security risks in doing so.”
She also didn’t consult the Bureau of Information Resource Management, which she was supposed to do if she needed to send sensitive but unclassified information over non-departmental channels. Many of her emails contain this kind of information.
Further, Clinton needed to show that her personal email had the proper security features to send sensitive but unclassified information. While Clinton has said her private server was secure, she did not formally demonstrate this to the State Department.
Clinton also didn’t comply fully with records management expectations. Notably, she did not ensure that her work-related emails were preserved on the State Department system in real time, nor did she surrender them when she left office.[…]
[I]t’s hard not to be skeptical of the narrative that Clinton was ignorant of the rules when the assistant secretary for diplomatic security sent a memo directly to Clinton in March 2011 that urged employees to “minimize the use of personal web email for business,” citing cybersecurity concerns. Three months later, a similar email went out to all staff, sent under Clinton’s name.
The fact that she went through all that trouble just to avoid using the official State Department channel, in direct violation of the rules – which she had to have known as Secretary – and then lied about the whole thing later, shows just how trustworthy she really is.
I don’t think she’s learned anything from this scandal. She already knows people don’t trust her. She knows she tried to cover up the scandal by having her emails deleted. She knows she’s lied throughout the entire process. Perhaps the only thing that she might learn is how stupid her supporters are come this Novemeber.
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