February 2, 2016: Clinton’s use of a private email server was allegedly “planned in advance.”

Inspector General Howard Krongard (Credit: public domain)

Inspector General Howard Krongard (Credit: public domain)

Former State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard says that State Department must have known about Clinton’s use of a private email server from the start, because they never opened an official .gov email account for her, as they did with previous secretaries of state. He says, “This was all planned in advance” to protect her from “internal investigations.” (The Hill, 2/3/2016) 

Krongard was the department’s inspector general from 2005 to 2007. He resigned after Congressional Democrats accused him of blocking investigations of waste and fraud of the US occupation of Iraq. (The Los Angeles Times, 12/8/2007)

May 31, 2016: A former State Department inspector general says he would not have allowed Clinton’s use of a private server.

Howard Krongard (Credit: Fox News)

Howard Krongard (Credit: Fox News)

Howard Krongard, who was the State Department’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008, says he “would have been stunned had I been asked to send an email to [Clinton] at a personal server, private address. I would have declined to do so on security grounds and if she had sent one to me, I probably would have started an investigation.”

Krongard also suggests that Clinton benefited from the lack of a permanent inspector general for the entire duration of her tenure as secretary of state. “They are the people who enforce the rules, and there was no one enforcing the rules during that time.” (Fox News, 5/31/2016)