This is unbelievable. We have just received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system. Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, "The stand-alone separate network PC is a great idea." The emails are from January 23-24, 2009, a few days after Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State.
The new emails were obtained by Judicial Watch in response to a court order in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for State Department records about Hillary Clinton's separate email system.
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The email exchange discussing plans to provide Clinton a separate computer to skirt the internal State Department computer network begins with a message from Mills to Lukens in which she requests Clinton being able to access her emails through "a non-DOS computer." The email discusses how the stand-alone computer can be set up and why it is "a great idea' and "the best solution":
From: Cheryl Mills
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2009 6:45 AM
To: Lukens, Lewis A
Subject: Re: Series of questions
Lew - who can I talk to about:
1.Can our email be accessed remotely through the web using a non-DOS computer like my laptop?
2.I am traveling to the M-E - will my DOS bb work there and is there a cell phone attached?
3.Spoke to Dan [Daniel B. Smith, former DOS executive secretary] re: bb for HRC (and reports that POTUS is able to use a super encrypted one)
4.Spoke to Dan re: setting up Counselor office for HRC so she can go across hall regularly to check her email
From: Lukens, Lewis A
To: cmills [REDACTED]
Cc: Habedin [REDACTED]; Kennedy, Patrick F; Smith, Daniel B
Sent: Saturday, Jan. 24, 19:10:33 2009
Subject: Re: series of questions
We have already started checking into the NSA bb. Will set up the office across the hall as requested. Also, I think we should go ahead (but will await your green light) and set up a stand-alone PC in the Secretary's office, connect to the internet (but not through our system) to enable her to check her emails from her desk. Lew.
From: Kennedy, Patrick F Kennedy PF@state.gov
To: Lukens, Lewis A
; Cheryl Mills Cc: Huma Abedin; Smith, Daniel B Sent: Sat, Jan 24 19:48:25 2009 Subject: Re: Series of questions
Cheryl The stand-alone separate network PC is [a] great idea Regards Pat
From: Huma Abedin To: Kennedy, Patrick F; Lukens, Lewis A; Cheryl Mills Cc: Huma Abedin; Smith, Daniel B Sent: Sat Jan 24 19:48:27 2009 Subject: Re: Series of questions
Yes we were hoping for that if possible so she can check her email in her office.
From: Lukens, Lewis A Sent: Saturday, January 24, 2009 8:26 PM To: Kennedy, Patrick F Subject: Re: Series of questions
I talked to Cheryl about this. She says a problem is hrc does not know how to use a computer to do email - only bb [Blackberry]. But, I said would not take much training to get her up to speed.
In separate litigation, the State Department told Judicial Watch and federal courts that Hillary Clinton was never issued secure State Department computing devices.
Our legal team filed these new emails with U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan, who is now considering whether to grant discovery in a lawsuit seeking information on the "special government employee" status of Abedin. In our filing, we state:
[Judicial Watch] just recently received additional evidence that demonstrates that senior management at the State Department was well aware that Mrs. Clinton was using a "non-state.gov" system to conduct official government business. This evidence also shows that the senior management at the State Department knowingly aided Mrs. Clinton in establishing and using a "non-state.gov" system.
[T]his newly discovered email demonstrates that there is at least a "reasonable suspicion" that the State Department and Mrs. Clinton deliberately thwarted FOIA by creating, using, and concealing the "clintonemail.com" record system for six years.
The media took up this story (which was reported first by Fox News.) The Obama gang responded with careful word parsing. The State Department spokesman John Kirby told CBS News:
"I will say, a computer was not set up for Secretary Clinton," he said in an email to CBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan.
Because "these matters are under review generally," Kirby declined to comment further.
Was a computer set up for Cheryl Mills (who evidently had the Counselor's office across the hall)? It will take another lawsuit or court-ordered discovery to get past this obfuscation. We will continue our investigation - we hope with the support of the courts. In the meantime, you can see that email isn't the only Clinton computer scandal.
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