Posted: 1:31 pm Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
A new report from the internal watchdog at the State Department says that Hillary Clinton refused a request to be interviewed about her controversial email setup while she was Secretary of State, and that seven of her top aides from that time period also spurned an official request to answer questions.
“Through her counsel, Secretary Clinton declined OIG’s request for an interview,” the State Department’s Office of Inspector General reported.
But a footnote in the report showed seven other State Department employees who worked in high level positions under Clinton also refused to talk:
Republicans jumped on the fact that she refused to grant an interview for this internal State Department investigation.
“Hillary Clinton hasn’t been telling the truth since day one, and her and her aides’ refusal to cooperate with this probe only underscores that fact,” said Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee.
As to the issue of who approved Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State – that answer seems to be, no one did.
“OIG found no evidence that the Secretary requested or obtained guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server,” the report states.
Clinton’s top campaign spokesman immediately ridiculed GOP jabs at the former Secretary about the findings, making the argument that other Secretaries of State had used personal email for work purposes.
“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.
GOP will attack HRC because she is running for President, but IG report makes clear her personal email use was not unique at State Dept
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) May 25, 2016
But while others like Colin Powell may have used private email for official business, there certainly was no evidence that they had employed a personal email server, like the one Clinton used during her almost four years as Secretary of State.