Factcheck.org publishes an analysis of Clinton’s past statements regarding her email scandal with the information in the newly released State Department inspector general’s report, and concludes that the report “contradicts several of Clinton’s long-standing talking points.”
Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon concedes that there are such contradictions, but that “doesn’t make her statements untruthful.” He explains: “It did not occur to her that having it on a personal server could be so distinct that it would be unapproved. We’re not intending to say post the IG [inspector general] report that her server was allowed. We don’t contest that. We’re saying—the use of personal email was widespread.”
Since the report has been released, Fallon and Clinton have continued to insist that Clinton’s use of a personal email account was allowed. But Factcheck.org points out that the department’s rules clearly prohibited using such an account for day-to-day business. The report discovered that Clinton was one of only three employees ever found to do so, and one of those (Scott Gration) resigned just before he was to be punished for it during Clinton’s term.
Fallon also says that “we agree in retrospect” with the report’s finding that “her practice of copying aides on her emails did not end up producing a full record since State’s IT [information technology] systems didn’t save everything. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t take steps to comply.”
However, Factcheck.org notes those steps only came 21 months later, due to pressure from the House Benghazi Committee, and even then, the emails she handed over don’t appear to have included all her work emails. (Factcheck.org, 5/27/2016)