Hillary Clinton blatantly violated written State Department rules banning the use of personal email for official government business, a stunning new report said Thursday.
The rule was in place since 2005 to warn officials against routine use of personal e-mail accounts for government work, Politico reported.
Clinton’s defenders, including spokesman Nick Merrill, have insisted the ex-Secretary of State complied with both the “letter and spirit of the rules” when she was in office from 2009 to 2013.
But the policy, contained in a manual for agency employees, was described as a “clear cut” directive, the web site reported.
“It is the Department’s general policy that normal day-to-day operations be conducted on an authorized [Automated Information System], which has the proper level of security control to provide nonrepudiation, authentication and encryption, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information,” the Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual states.
Meanwhile, State Department officials said it could take months to release Hillary Clinton’s private emails, and then only those she’s already vetted and handed over — prompting a top congressman to compare her to Richard Nixon.