RNC presses feds over Clinton email setup

RNC presses feds over Clinton email setup
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The Republican National Committee (RNC) is calling in the State Department’s internal watchdog to determine whether former Secretary Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Saagar Enjeti ponders Hillary Clinton's 2020 plans Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 MORE broke any laws with her exclusive use of a private email system.  

This week, the committee’s top lawyer asked the department’s inspector general whether Clinton “fulfilled her legal obligations” about protecting classified information while in office. 


“The American people have a right to know whether a top official who certified that she could be entrusted with the government’s most sensitive materials violated her contract with the federal government and the criminal law of the United States,” John Phillippe, the RNC’s chief counsel, wrote in a letter to the Office of the Inspector General.

The GOP is escalating its attacks on Clinton over her controversial email setup, which involved the sole use of a personal email address based on a private server kept in her New York home.

Republicans have long said that the unusual setup would have allowed her to hide embarrassing information from the public and may have led to a breach in security, because the government would not have been able to ensure the same digital protections for information as they could on federal servers.

Both the State Department and Clinton’s presidential campaign have insisted that nothing the former top diplomat sent or received while in office was marked as classified. However, some federal officials and outside critics have insisted that some information was obviously from sensitive sources and should have been granted heightened protections.  

Clinton’s server is currently in the hands of the FBI, which is investigating it in relation to the possible mishandling of classified information.

In the RNC’s letter, which was sent on Monday but released on Friday, Phillippe asked State Department Inspector General Steve Linick whether Clinton has a legal obligation to “ascertain whether information in her possession is in fact classified material, regardless of any markings or lack thereof.”

He also asked whether Clinton broke her pledge to safeguard classified information with “negligent mishandling of classified material,” use of “an unsecured email server” and “retention of emails” after stepping down from the government.