Hillary Clinton Used Private Email Server To Conduct Business As Secretary Of State, Violating Federal Policies And Potentially Exposing Classified Information, But No Legal Charges Filed

 In Transparency   Last Updated: March 4, 2018

During her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Clinton violated department policies when she used a personal email account to conduct official business, a new report from the Office of the Inspector General for the State Department found.

Clinton “employed a personal email system to conduct business during her tenure in the United States Senate and her 2008 Presidential campaign.  She continue to use personal email throughout her term as Secretary, relying on an account maintained on a private server, predominantly through mobile devices.  Throughout Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the server was located in her New York residence.”

The Federal Records Act and the Federal Information Security Management Act require all government documents and records (including emails) be properly secured and also captured and recorded according to certain procedures.  Clinton’s email servers were not properly documenting and securing her government emails.

Clinton turned over 30,000 emails to the State Department, some of which had security restrictions:

110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.

F.B.I. Director James Comey noted after concluding the investigation that “although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”  However, the F.B.I. did not recommend any legal charges against Clinton.



Eyder Peralta. "Watchdog: Hillary Clinton Violated State Dept. Policies By Using Private Email." NPR, 25 May 2016. Web. 04 March 2018.
"Office of the Secretary: Evaluation of Email Records Management and Cybersecurity Requirements." Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of State, 25 May 2016. Report. 04 March 2018.
"Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System." Press Releases. Federal Bureau of Investigations, 05 July 2016. Press Release. 04 March 2018.
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