Claire Bernish | ANTIMEDIA
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s closest aide revealed in a deposition last week the former secretary of state burned ‘at least some’ of her daily schedules during her tenure at the State Department, the New York Post reported on Monday.
“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 reportedly told attorneys for Judicial Watch, the watchdog group behind the lawsuit over Hillary’s notorious emails, when asked,“And during your tenure at the State Department, were you aware of your obligation not to delete federal records or destroy federal records?”
Though the surprising admission came during a deposition for the emails lawsuit, the Post noted, the information will likely be critical for a second suit by the Associated Press centering around the release of those exact schedules — schedules that are, as the attorneys intimated, federal 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 former diplomat and U.S. spokesman at the United Nations, Richard Grenell, according to the Post.
“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag,” he continued,“because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”
John Bolton, an insider with both Bush administrations who served as ambassador to the U.N. for a period between 2005 and 2006, said the burning of schedules illustrates “recklessness” by Clinton, though it’s unlikely the records were completely destroyed.
“They can’t eliminate it even if they want to,” Bolton said, as cited by the Post.
As Brad Blakeman, a scheduler for George W. Bush, explained:
“The [president’s] schedule was not classified but it was deemed ‘highly sensitive.’ Instructions were given at the White House and on the road that schedules would be disposed of through the use of ‘burn bags’ and/or shredding.
“This shows, in my opinion, a skewed sense of security. The Clinton people would dispose of the secretary’s schedule in the same manner as if it were classified yet those same safeguards were not in place with regard to email communication.”
Hillary Clinton cannot seem to steer clear of controversies over her record-keeping.
Recently, following a highly controversial impromptu meeting between Bill Clinton and Attorney General Loretta Lynch in her private plane, the Department of Justice announced a delay of 27 months for the release of further Hillary emails. Whether or not that delay will stand is yet unknown, but Lynch essentially stepped down from the ongoing investigation over the incident.