If Clinton Burned Schedules, Like Huma Abedin Testified, She Destroyed Public Records, Former Spokesman At U.N. Says

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide, testified in a deposition that Hillary Clinton burned her schedules while serving as Secretary of State, but the topic was picked up by few mainstream media platforms. The longest serving U.S. spokesman at the United Nations said those actions would have been unprecedented. Abedin was deposed in connection with a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Abedin’s admission that she was aware that Clinton’s schedules had been destroyed on multiple occasions could be relevant to another lawsuit seeking Clinton’s schedules, the Post reported.

“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,” Abedin told lawyers representing Judicial Watch, according to Daily Mail.

She had also stated that Hillary Clinton began using her private email address even before she became Secretary of State in January of 2009. The Washington Times reported that Abedin’s sworn testimony raised questions as to why there were no emails from the first few months that she served as Secretary of State included in the set of emails she returned to the U.S. government.

The information that Clinton destroyed a daily schedule sheds new light on the fact that Clinton reportedly altered her official schedule. Associated Press reviewed Hillary Clinton’s schedules and identified at least 75 meetings with political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors, and others that had either not been recorded or had been omitted from her official schedule. The Associated Press compared a 1,500-page calendar with planning schedules supplied to Clinton aides each day before events. At least 114 outsiders names were missing from her official calendar, the AP reported after it had to sue the State Department last year for copies of Hillary Clinton’s public and private schedules and calendars from 2009 through 2013.

The AP reported that “Clinton’s State Department calendar dropped the identities of a dozen major Wall Street and business leaders who met with her during a private breakfast discussion at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009, The meeting occurred minutes before Clinton appeared in public at the exchange to ring the market’s ceremonial opening bell.” The event had also been closed to the press. Private dinners and meetings with donors had also been repeatedly omitted from the schedules that she actually provided to the government, the report claimed.

The Associated Press also reported that Clinton’s calendar had been edited after each event.

Abedin’s admission that Clinton used “burn bags” was the first time anyone in Clinton’s confidences ever disclosed the destruction of public records.

“I spent eight years at the State Department and watched as four US ambassadors and two secretaries of state shared their daily schedules with a variety of State Department employees and US officials,” Grenell said.

“I’ve never seen anyone put their schedule in the burn bag — because every one of them had a state.gov email address and therefore their daily schedules became public records, as required by law.”

Still, Brad Blakeman, a scheduler for President George W. Bush, said that Bush’s aides were given instructions at the White House and while on the road to dispose of the President’s daily schedules using burn bags or shredding.

Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aide, also testified that she told Clinton that she should switch to a government email after Clinton missed a very important phone meeting with a foreign minister because a confirmation email was sent to her spam folder.

“She missed the call because… I never got the email giving us the signoff to do it [the meeting]. So she wasn’t able to do her job, do what she needed to do,” Huma Abedin testified.

“We should talk about putting you on state [department] email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam,” Abedin recommended to Clinton after the meeting was missed. Clinton chose to continue using her private email account.

Abedin did assert that Clinton was not trying to thwart open records law that requires government employees’ records to be fully available to government officials when she had her daily schedules destroyed, as the Inquisitr reported earlier.

Thursday, WikiLeaks announced it would begin a new series of leaks that means even more bad news for Hillary Clinton ahead of the Democratic National Convention.

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