Ambassador Fired for Private Email Account

An Ambassador fired by Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff says he was punished for using a private email account.


New facets of Hillary Clinton’s secret email life as Secretary of State keep coming to light. After her own account was revealed it was reported that at least two of her staff also had private email accounts. Then, when the State Department asked what they had actually been doing when given FOIA requests for emails they were supposed to have, but didn’t actually possess, they refused to answer.

And now this from the Daily Caller: “Ousted Ambassador Says Hillary’s Chief Of Staff Fired Him Over Personal Email.”

Former U.S. ambassador to Kenya Scott Gration told The Daily Caller that Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff fired him based on an inspector general’s report which found, among other things, that he routinely used an unauthorized email account to conduct official government business.

The revelation of Clinton’s then-chief of staff Cheryl Mills’ involvement in Gration’s termination — which Gration shared in an email from his home in Kenya — adds another wrinkle to a story of an apparent double-standard within the State Department.

During her entire four years as secretary of state Clinton exclusively used a private email account — [email protected] — to conduct all official and personal business.

“I make no apology for ‘rocking the boat’ in the State Department to improve physical security, to enhance cyber policy, and to conduct several other initiatives that the State Department Inspector General misrepresented to build the case that Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff used to terminate my tenure as the US Ambassador in 2012,” Gration wrote in the email to TheDC and other outlets.

So how accurate is the main claim here?

The Daily Caller looks at the Inspector General’s report on Gration, reporting that it makes several accusations, but using the email account was an important one:

“The Ambassador’s requirements for use of commercial email in the office and his flouting of direct instructions to adhere to Department policy have placed the information management staff in a conundrum: balancing the desire to be responsive to their mission leader and the need to adhere to Department regulations and government information security standards,” the report reads.

The report also says that the use of commercial email accounts “increases the risk for data loss, phishing, and spoofing of email accounts, as well as inadequate protections for personally identifiable information.”

So none of this mattered with Hillary. She was above the law. She viewed herself as above the law. She thought nothing of another person being punished for the same behavior that she engaged in.

Call it Clinton privilege.