• COVER UP: DOJ Backs Hillary’s Authority To Delete Personal Emails

    The Department of Justice said in a legal filing Thursday that Hillary Clinton had the legal right to delete personal emails off her private server and broke no laws in how she handled those messages.

    “There is no question that Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision — she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server,” the DOJ lawyers said. “Under policies issued by both the National Archives and Records Administration (‘NARA’) and the State Department, individual officers and employees are permitted and expected to exercise judgment to determine what constitutes a federal record.”

    The lawyers argued they have no right to order Clinton to turn over any more emails or documents than those she has already given back to the government.

    Judicial Watch, which has filed several law suits and records requests regarding Clinton’s emails said the administration is ignoring its own rules.

    “Indeed, the State Department’s own rules specify that personal records of a departing presidential appointee may not be removed from the government until the State Department ‘records officer in cooperation with the S/ES or appropriate administrative office’ approves of the removal, a process which ‘generally requires a hands-on examination of the materials,’ ”Judicial Watch said.

    The Democratic frontrunner used her private email account and home server in lieu of the official government email system while she served as top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.

    Clinton demurred from issuing a direct apology for using a private email server while secretary of state, until Tuesday when she called the decision, which has dogged her Democratic presidential bid, a “mistake.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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