The State Department isn’t telling the truth when it claims it didn’t know about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business, a former inspector general tells the New York Post.
After all, says Howard J. Krongard, State’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008, the department never set up a government email address for Clinton.
“This was all planned in advance,” Krongard told the Post, saying the whole purpose was to get around rules on federal records management.
“That’s a change in the standard,” he said, noting that previous secretaries did have state.gov email accounts. “It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private e-mail server until later.
Also, Krongard notes, there was no inspector general for the State Department for five-and-a-half years from 2009 to 2013 – the entire time of Clinton’s tenure.
“This is a major gap. In fact, it’s without precedent,” he told the Post. “It’s the longest period any department has gone without an IG.”
It is “clear” Clinton did not want to be subject to internal investigations, Krongard said. An audit of the emails of her and her staff would have shown that secret information was being sent over Clnton’s nonsecure system, he said.
“The starting point of the investigation is the material going through SIPRNet, [State’s classifed system.] She couldn’t function without the information coming over SIPRNet,” he said. “How did she get it on her home server? It can’t just jump from one system to the other. Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?”