(GEORGE CURRY MEDIA)—In the larger scheme of things, the long-awaited 83-page report on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server by the State Department’s inspector general was no where as damming as the media circus surrounding its release would lead you to believe.
Clearly, she made some poor decisions—which she took far too long to acknowledge—and she ignored repeated suggestions that she dump the private server, with one staffer being sternly told not to bring up the subject again.
A column in Forbes by Charles Tiefer places the controversy in its proper context.
He wrote, “[The report] does not add any new serious charges or adverse facts. And, it shows she was less out of line with her predecessors, notably Colin Powell, than has been charged.”
Tierfer continued, “…To the extent that she is criticized because ‘she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,’ the report is making a legal judgment that is not particularly strong. Note how she is not labeled as violating any statute, but rather, a real mouthful of mush ‘the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.’ So we are talking about obscure, dull, bureaucratic policies. Not a criminal statute. Not even a civil statute—just the bureaucratic policies.