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March 17, 2015

Surprise! State Can’t Find Clinton’s OF-109 Form

A conveniently timed and prepositioned exoneration? That’s what Americans are contemplating regarding Hillary Clinton after Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for the State Department, conceded during a press briefing Tuesday there is no evidence Clinton signed Form OF-109. That “separation form,” as it’s known, is crucial because, as Mediaite explains, “Employees leaving the State Department are required to sign the form, which says the employee turned over all official records before leaving.” But according to Psaki, “We have reviewed Secretary Clinton’s official personnel file and administrative files, and do not have any record of her signing the OF-109.” After being pressed further, she added, “I think we’re fairly certain she did not” sign the document. Even if we accept that at face value, something still doesn’t add up. As Hot Air’s Allahpundit points out, “Psaki claims here that they don’t have OF-109s from Colin Powell or Condi Rice either.” Is it true? Who knows. But, assuming it is, Allahpundit continued, “Josh Earnest [said] that even senior staff at the White House are required to go through the formal separation process when they leave. … What kind of accountability norm regards disclosure as less important from an official with more responsibility?” Whether intentional or not, Clinton would love nothing more than to see the focus turn to long-held State procedures. Whether she gets off that easy will be up to investigators. More…

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