Clinton's plans to defend Dodd-Frank may have just gotten a little less likely

by Ryan Smith25 May 2016
Hillary Clinton’s promises to clamp down on Wall Street and thwart Republican efforts to repeal or weaken Dodd-Frank may have just gotten harder to keep.

The State Department’s inspector general has rebuked Clinton for her used of a private email server and missing records from her tenure as secretary of state, according to the Wall Street Journal. The independent watchdog finally released its report to Congress Wednesday, criticizing Clinton – and four previous secretaries of state – for “long-standing” failures in cyber security and record-keeping, the Journal reported.

The inspector general’s office concluded that Clinton violated State Department policies and practices. Clinton was faulted for the security risks of using private email, as well as failing to immediately turn over thousands of pages of work email when she left office in 2013. State Department officials who handled security and information management “did not – and would not – approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business,” the inspector general’s report said.

The State Department will now make clear that employees could be penalized for using private email accounts for day-to-day operations – something that it had apparently not made clear before.

Clinton has always maintained that federal law did not bar her from using private email.  While that may be true, the inspector general’s report noted that it was against State Department policy, the Journal reported.

But the report did admit that enforcement had been lax – and that Clinton was hardly the only State Department official to ignore the rule.

“It is clear that the department could have done a better job preserving emails and records of secretaries of State and their senior staff going back several administrations. We also acknowledge the report’s finding that compliance with email and records-management guidance has been inconsistent across several administrations,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
 

COMMENTS

  • by Griff | 5/25/2016 12:41:21 PM

    Nobody is going to do anything about Dodd Frank or cfpb, so everyone should just get over it. The repubs who hate these guidelines have run the house and senate for years now and made zero headway into fixing something that needs fixed. They prefer to sit on their butts and talk about emails, Benghazi, Bill's indiscretions, or Obamacare. If repubs have no desire to work on real problems, I don't expect anyone else will lead the discussion.

  • by JGort | 5/25/2016 1:03:35 PM

    CFPB is an agency with NO accountability, unlimited budgets, free to make their own rules, demand millions in dollars for rule violations they don't even understand, audit companies with a plan to shake them down to the core, snubs their noses at the judicial system, and eliminated thousands of Americans from buying homes. The CFPB has added millions of dollars for compliance that has increased the cost to buy homes by thousands of dollars for each homeowner and WE let this agency exist. What has happened to this Country? Why have we allowed so many power hungry, non-business government thugs, revenue stealing bureaucrats take our financial system hostage. it's reminding me what occurred in Germany in the 1930's. We need to stop this insanity, we need the market to function properly without the FEAR of a out of control CFPB.

  • by EJ | 5/25/2016 1:05:32 PM

    Hey Griff,

    Repubs had congress majority since November 2014 it really hasn't been years. Prior to November 2014 the Dems controlled the senate so this is the first time in 8 years Repubs owned both. Also keep in mind you need the presidents approval on any bill to become law. Right now Obama will veto any bill Repubs propose so until we get a new president we won't have Dodd Frank reform.

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