According to Joyce Barr, the State Department’s assistant secretary for the Bureau of Administration, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was wrong for transmitting information from her personal email account through a private server.
Barr, speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, bluntly said, “I think the message is loud and clear that that is not acceptable.”
“The actions that we’ve taken in the course of recovering these emails has made it very clear what the responsibilities are with regard to record-keeping,” according to The Hill.
Details of Clinton’s malfeasance only emerged earlier this year concomitant with her announcement she would seek the presidency in 2016. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). chimed in, “These kinds of things just absolutely undermine the confidence of the American people. It was a bad decision. I hope that we go so far as to say that, if you do this in the future, you get fired.”
“If the person at the top is doing it, then you can pretty much count on the reality that over some period of time, people at every level of the agency have,” he added.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) was more accusatory, asserting, “What really bothers me is when people plan, in a premeditated and deliberate sort of way, to avoid the Freedom of Information Act and federal government requirements that require them to make public information available to the public.”
Clinton has protested that roughly half of the 60,000 emails sent through her personal account revolved around official government business and deleted the rest.
Barr argued that the estimate that all relevant emails have been given to the government was made solely by the Clinton team. She said, “We have been told that she has provided those to us.” Barr concluded she had no data about the security protocols, and was “perhaps” concerned about the vulnerability of the system.
Cornyn snapped, “Well, I would hope it would concern all of us. I’ll just tell you it concerns me a lot.”
But as Bob Gourley, the chief technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2005 to 2008, stated, “I have no doubt in my mind that this thing was penetrated by multiple foreign powers; to assume otherwise is to put blinders on.”