An aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in a deposition that Clinton did, in fact, destroy documents that she was not legally allowed to destroy.
Huma Abedin’s response to a lawsuit filed by a government watchdog was that schedules, more specifically Clinton’s daily schedules, were burned in “the burn bag” frequently.
“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,” said Abedin.
Certainly, appearances have always suggested that the approach to public records taken by Clinton and her aides spit in the face of the spirit — and likely the letter — of public records laws, but Abedin’s testimony is the best evidence yet of how little regard for the law the office had.
Clinton’s email scandal has been an ongoing source of daily shock among website blogs, in real-life consequences seem to have about as much traction as Mike Huckabee’s doomed campaign for president and the damning power of President Obama’s lack of a proper birth certificate.
Even though the testimony marks the first instance of Clinton or her staff admitting to the destruction of official State Department documents, Clinton’s previous admission that she permanently deleted emails is somewhat similar legally. Her defense that the emails were personal is likely to be attributed to her schedule as well.
Congressional Republicans have previously refused to take action against the White House on matters such as this. It’s difficult to imagine the trend would change any time soon without significant public demand.