by Thomas Lifson
It’s no smoking gun, since we can’t point to specific meetings, but it is a smoking burn bag.
During her deposition given to Judicial Watch under court order for its Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, Huma Abedin made a startling admission. Daniel Halper, who recently moved from the Weekly Standard to the New York Post, reports:
Hillary Clinton’s closest aide revealed in a deposition last week that her boss destroyed at least some of her schedules as secretary of state — a revelation that could complicate matters for the presumptive Democratic nominee who, along with the State Department she ran, is facing numerous lawsuits seeking those very public records. (snip)To say the least, this was not standard operating procedure at the State Department:
“If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, and a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, that . . . that certainly happened on . . . on more than one occasion,” Abedin told lawyers representing Judicial Watch, the conservative organization behind the e-mails lawsuit. (snip)
Clinton has admitted to destroying “private personal e-mails” as secretary of state. But Abedin’s admission that she used so-called “burn bags” — a container material is placed inside before it is destroyed — for some of her schedules is the first time anyone close to her has disclosed destroying public records.
“I spent eight years at the State Department and watched as four US ambassadors and two secretaries of state shared their daily schedules with a variety of State Department employees and US officials,” said Richard Grenell, former diplomat and US spokesman at the United Nations.Only because her email system was private could Hillary hope to keep her daily schedule secret – from America’s enemies, from historians, and from America’s legal system – by burning her schedule. It’s no smoking gun, since we can’t point to specific meetings, but it is a smoking burn bag.
“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had a state.gov e-mail address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”
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