An internal investigation by the State Department has concluded that Hillary Clinton violated cyber security guidelines by using a separate email account and server to handle sensitive government business.
In a 78-page report, out today, the inspector general finds that Clinton never sought approval to use private email for government business, or proved that her Blackberry met minimum security requirements to conduct such business.
It found the past five Secretaries of State did a poor job of recognizing and managing cybersecurity risks and sometimes failed to meet the legal requirements for how they handled electronic data.
However, the IG is particularly pointed in criticizing practices during Clinton's tenure from 2009 to 2013. The report points out that State's security guidelines were significantly beefed up and better-communicated by the time of Clinton's arrival. Despite State's cyber rules, Clinton exclusively used her personal email server to conduct government business. She often used an unapproved mobile device for such communication.
The report contends Clinton staffers twice shut down State's IT department when it raised concerns about Clinton's email practices, saying the matter wasn't to be discussed any further. The FBI criminal investigation is continuing into Clinton's email practices. Clinton aides have been interviewed for that.
Former Secretary Clinton and her staff members at the time refused to be interviewed for the State Department audit. We talk with two strategists about what this could mean on the campaign trail.
Michael Biesecker, reporter for the AP based in Washington D.C.
Bill Burton, Democratic political strategist, California managing director at the public affairs firm SKDKnickerbocker, and former deputy White House press secretary to President Obama; he tweets @billburton