A top official of the Clinton campaign sent a memo to the Democratic front-runner’s top supporters, hoping to clarify the campaign’s response to the report from State Department’s inspector general and move on from the incident.
John Podesta, chairman of the Clinton campaign, sent the 600-word memo, which addresses the findings in the IG’s report. Podesta says Clinton knows her use of the email server was a “mistake” and that she has already taken responsibility for that mistake.
The memo was sent by email over Memorial Day weekend, several days after the release of the IG report. The investigation, which is separate from the FBI’s ongoing investigation, found that Clinton failed to comply with record-keeping policies during her tenure as secretary of state.
Podesta’s memo also contradicts Clinton’s assertion that her use of a private email server was “not unprecedented,” stating that “she believed she was following the practices of other secretaries and senior officials.”
The IG’s report found that Clinton was obligated to discuss the email server arrangement with officials from the State Department, but no evidence has been found that she requested or obtained guidance or approval for the server.
In his memo, Podesta added, “While we understand the questions about Secretary Clinton’s email practices, we are confident that voters will look at the full picture of everything she has done throughout her career.”