The State Department dealt a blow to Hillary Clinton’s campaign in late May when the Inspector General (IG) released a damning report which claimed that the former Secretary of State violated federal record-keeping laws with her private email.
The report debunked Clinton’s previous claims that she “fully complied with every rule,” and that her use of a private email was “allowed.”
However, this isn’t the first time the Clintons have had email issues.
In the 1990s, during the Filegate, Travelgate, Lewinsky, and Whitewater scandals, special prosecutor Ken Starr subpoenaed over one million emails. Fortunately for the Clintons, there was a mysterious “glitch” in the system that effectively erased two years of potentially important emails.
This came to be known as “Project X,” an alleged reference to the iconic television series, “The X-Files.”
The New York Post reports:
“During the Project X email scandal, career White House staffers and contractors found that someone close to the first lady had basically turned off the White House’s automated email archiving system. They fingered White House ‘special assistant’ Laura Crabtree Callahan…”
Callahan allegedly had little IT experience, as her degrees came from a Wyoming “diploma mill.”
The New York Post notes this is similar to campaign worker Bryan Pagliano, the man tapped to set up and maintained Clinton’s private server while she was Secretary of State. Despite little experience, he was paid large sums of money, and became Clinton’s “special advisor.”
The Associated Press reports that the alleged 1990s cover-up ran deep:
“[Betty Lambuth, a contractor who worked for the White House during the Clinton administration], says she was threatened not to reveal a problem with the White House e-mail system that concealed thousands of messages from the Justice Department and congressional investigators.”
According to Lambuth, the Office of Administration counsel Mark Lindsay said, “if I or any of my team who knew about the e-mail problem told anyone else about it, we would lose our jobs, be arrested, and put in jail.”
Similarly, when two staffers voiced concern regarding Clinton’s email in 2010, they were told that “the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff…[and] never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again,” according to the IG report.
These increasingly peculiar situations likely contribute to the feeling of distrust the American people have of Hillary Clinton.
According to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 37% of Americans believe Clinton to be “honest and trustworthy,” while 57% say otherwise.