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Caricature by DonkeyHotey flic.kr/p/Ct4G4K

Hillary Clinton’s standard go to excuse for using private email (she won’t address the use of a private server in her house) is that she’s doing nothing different than any other Secretary of State did. “They used private email, too!”

Except that is not true. She is not telling the truth at all about Condoleeza Rice and with respect to Colin Powell, it was not as cut and dried as she claims. And neither of them had a private server:

The State Department’s former top watchdog, in an interview with Fox News, rejected Hillary Clinton’s repeated claims that her personal email use was in line with her predecessors’ – while saying he would have immediately opened an investigation if he caught wind of a secretary of state using such an account.

Howard Krongard, a George W. Bush administration appointee who served as the State Department inspector general from April 2005 to January 2008, cited his own experience in challenging Clinton’s insistence that her practices were nothing out of the ordinary.

“Certainly to my knowledge at least, Secretary [Condoleezza] Rice did not have a personal server. I certainly never either sent an email to one or received an email from one,” said Krongard, who served during Rice’s tenure.

There’s more:

The day that report was issued, Clinton said in an interview that her use of personal email was consistent with predecessors Colin Powell and Rice.

“Just like previous secretaries of state, I used a personal email. Many people did. It was not at all unprecedented,” she said.

But, as Krongard indicated, the May 25 IG report clearly stated that Rice did not use personal email for government business. It said Powell used personal email on a limited basis to connect with people outside the department, and he worked with the State Department to secure the system. The report found Clinton did neither.

The report concluded Clinton’s use of a private server and account was not approved, and broke agency rules. The report said by the time she became secretary, the rules had repeatedly been updated, and were “considerably more detailed and more sophisticated.”

This is yet another egregious lie Hillary Clinton tells constantly. That the rules were not updated until after she had left and therefore, what she did was allowed. The IG report directly contradicts those claims.

More in the video here:

This is starting to become the standard Clinton playbook. At first, claim everything was completely above board and within the rules. Then, “apologize” for bad judgement but continue to insist that what was done was perfectly fine all the while attacking the entire matter as partisan.

Now that a non-partisan source has said Clinton broke the rules, it will descend into, “Ok, she may have technically violated the rules but she didn’t do anything illegal!”

Let’s see how long it takes before that sets in.