September 1, 2016

Did Taxpayers Pay For Hillary Clinton’s Private Server?

A new report from Politico adds a potentially distressing new wrinkle to the long-running Clinton email scandal. Politico FOIA’d the General Services Administration for records pertaining to how the Clinton Foundation has used taxpayer funds. Those FOIA’d documents have led Politico to report that taxpayers funded Hillary Clinton’s private server that housed classified documents in an unsecure and illicit fashion:

“Bill Clinton’s staff used a decades-old federal government program, originally created to keep former presidents out of the poorhouse, to subsidize his family’s foundation and an associated business, and to support his wife’s private email server, a POLITICO investigation has found. Taxpayer cash was used to buy IT equipment — including servers — housed at the Clinton Foundation…”

Politico’s new reporting also appears to have caught Bill Clinton’s spokesman in a lie. Back in 2015, Politico reported that a Clinton spokesman stated categorically that no taxpayer money was used to purchase the sever that Hillary Clinton used to hide her State Department emails from the public:

“A Clinton spokesman also emphasized that no taxpayer money was used to purchase or maintain a private email server operated for the former president’s staff starting in 2007, which Hillary Clinton started using in 2009… The server was funded entirely out of Bill Clinton’s pocket, according to his office.”

The fact that Politico is willing to contradict their own reporting shows how significant these new charges are. If Hillary Clinton used a taxpayer funded server to hide work emails that the American people had a legitimate right to see, it would mark a new brazen low for the Clintons.