State Department Won’t Say Whether or Not Hillary Signed Separation Statement
Do you ever get the sense that the Obama administration is full of liars?
From Allahpundit of Hot Air…
Via the Right Scoop, if you’re following the Hillary e-mail saga you already know which form he means. It’s OF-109, which, per former DOJ lawyer Shannen Coffin, requires the employee to declare under penalties of perjury that she’s turned over all relevant records to the Department before leaving her position. Work-related e-mails, which Hillary didn’t turn over until two years after she stepped down as secretary, are relevant records. Which means, if she signed the form, she’s presumably guilty of perjury. If she didn’t sign the form, she’s guilty (or guiltier) of following irregular procedures to avoid the sort of accountability that’s routinely required of lesser mortals.
Joseph Curl of the Washington Times offers a blunt assessment of the situation…
Hillary Clinton should face criminal charges
Let’s get down to brass tacks: Hillary Rodham Clinton should be criminally charged for failing to turn over her government emails as mandated by law.
It’s not a hard call. While she nominated to be Secretary of State by President Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, she’s just like any other government employee — there were documents she was required by law to sign over upon her departure.
When she stepped down from her post — in the midst of the Benghazi scandal — she would have been required to sign the State Department’s “Separation Statement,” AKA Form 109.
“I have surrendered to responsible officials all classified or administratively controlled documents and material with which I was charged or which I had in my possession, and I am not retaining in my possession, custody, or control, documents,” the form says.
This has been my position from the start…