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Will Hillary Clinton be held accountable if president?

June 9, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Politics, Tech/Internet, Weekly Columns

( Hillary Clinton must be cringing right now.

This has been a bad week for the Democratic presidential frontrunner. First, the FBI announced an investigation into potentially illegal donations made to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor and fundraising he did for the Clinton Foundation.

Next, the State Department Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released an 83-page report that concluded Hillary Clinton’s use of personal email while secretary of state violated procedures. According to The Washington Post, not only did the report find her actions “not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a federal record,” it painted a picture of Clinton as an obstructionist.

Hillary Clinton did not surrender “all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service” and “as a result did not comply with department polices that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”

Missing from the 55,000 hard-copy pages of abou2016-emails-hillaryt 30,000 emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department were the first four months of her tenure from Jan. 21, 2009 to April 12, 2009.

“For instance, the Department of Defense provided to the OIG in September 2015 copies of 19 emails between Secretary Clinton and Gen. David Petraeus on his official Department of Defense email account; these 19 emails were not in the secretary’s 55,000-page production.”

Furthermore, the report acknowledged that “Clinton does not have custody of emails sent or received during the first few weeks of her tenure.”

Members of Hillary Clinton’s staff were also cited in the OIG report as being unco-operative to its investigation, providing “limited responses.” Four members of her staff, the report found, used personal email accounts for official department business. They, too, “failed to comply with department polices intended to implement the National Archives and Record’s Administration regulations, because none of these emails were preserved in department record-keeping systems prior to their production in September 20015.

Although Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi that no one at state was consulted about Clinton’s use of private email, the report states: “OIG did find evidence that various staff and senior officials throughout the department had discussions related to the secretary’s use of non-departmental systems, suggesting there was some awareness of Secretary Clinton’s practices.”

For a candidate who’s trying for the second time to break America’s last glass ceiling and become the nation’s first female president, things don’t look good. Hillary wants the highest office in the land, but her past tenure at State suggests she neither has the qualifications nor temperament to be president.

Serious questions remain unanswered. If elected president, will Hillary be held accountable to the American people, or run a crooked, obstructionist White House answering only to her?

Columnist; Crystal Wright

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