A new State Department audit has found that Hillary Clinton and previous Republican Secretaries of State poorly managed the use of email. The audit also blames the State Department itself for being slow to adapt its policies to changing technology.
The AP reported on the findings of the audit:
A State Department audit has faulted Hillary Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.
The review came after revelations Clinton exclusively used a private email account and server while in office. Clinton is now the likely Democratic presidential nominee.
The problem for Republicans is that the basis of their “scandal” is that Clinton did something different and more criminal than previous Secretaries of State. The audit shows that the problems with email in the State Department existed long before Clinton and that State suffers from many of the same issues that federal departments face when confronted with a combination of quickly changing technology and outdated policies.
Republicans will try to spin this bad news for them as a reason to keep the scandal going, but as they continue to investigate the use of Clinton’s emails, Congressional Republicans will also need to investigate the use of email by previous Secs. of State in the Bush administration. The State Department audit is evidence that the main contention of Republicans that Hillary Clinton broke the law is not true.
The Beltway media has always been more interested in the email scandal the general public, so they will gloss over the fact that the State Department audit blows the central belief of the Republican email scandal conspiracy theorists to tiny bits.
Clinton didn’t handle her email well, but neither did previous Republican Secretaries of State.
The real scandal that should matter to voters is that Republicans in Congress have wasted millions of dollars investigating a “scandal about nothing.”
Democrats are still waiting on the breathless corporate media reporting about the Republican waste of time and money investigating bogus scandals and conspiracy theories.
The media would rather devote more attention to Donald Trump while ignoring a real scandal that is occurring right under their noses.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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