Monday, July 4, 2016

From Body Bags To “Burn Bags”: What Difference, At This Point, Does It Make?

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, was deposed by lawyers from Judicial Watch in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Clinton’s emails while she was at the State Department.  During the deposition Abedin divulged that Clinton destroyed at least some of her schedules.

“If there was a schedule that was created that was her Secretary of State daily schedule, a copy of that was then put in the burn bag, thatthat certainly happened onon more than one occasion,” Abedin said.

A lawyer for Judicial Watch asked, “And during your tenure at the State Department, were you aware of your obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records?”

Clinton has admitted to destroying “private personal emails” as Secretary of State. But Abedin’s admission that she used so-called “burn bags”—a container that material is placed in 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. 
“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag—because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law,” Grenell added.
From the body bags containing the slain bodies of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans which laid on the tarmac at Benina Airport in Benghazi waiting for the flight home to be buried to the “burn bags” used to destroy any nexus between her public role and her private dealings involving the Clinton Foundation, it is painfully clear Clinton believes “what difference, at this point, does it make?”


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