These records management REQUIREMENTS are outlined in NARA (National Archive and Records Administration: http://www.archives.gov/about/...
). Every federal employee is subject to these statutes. The only ambiguity could possibly be the interpretation of an official about what constitutes a federal record, and whether they can lawfully destroy the record. But I dont think any rational human being would consider a 2 month gap in the records of the for a Secretary of State, preceding an attack on an Embassy and assassination of an Ambassador, for instance, to be a coincidence. It is utter lunacy to argue that no important communication or decisions occurred by the Secretary in that period. Which means that (proven by the following LAWS) that the Secretary and the State Dept FAILED to properly retain official government records, punishable (as outlined and proven in the provided statutes) by law.
Records Management by Federal Agencies
44 U.S.C. Chapter 31
3101. Records management by agency heads; general duties
The head of each Federal agency shall
make and preserve records containing adequate and proper documentation of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, and essential transactions of the agency and designed to furnish the information necessary to protect the legal and financial rights of the Government and of persons directly affected by the agency’s activities.
(My Notes: Please note the unambiguous "SHALL". It is not optional. It is not open to interpretation.This section alone is meant to ensure by law that no information that is/was integral to the course of government activity be destroyed. Period. End of story.)
3103. Transfer of records to records centers
When the head of a Federal agency determines that such action may affect substantial economies or increased operating efficiency, the head of such agency shall provide for the transfer of records to a records center maintained and operated by the Archivist, or, when approved by the Archivist, to a center maintained and operated by the head of the Federal agency.
(My notes: Not only may an agency not destroy the data, the agency MUST ensure that the records are provided to the National Archives for possible PERMANENT retention.)
The head of each Federal agency shall establish safeguards against the removal or loss of records the head of such agency determines to be necessary and required by regulations of the Archivist. Safeguards shall include making it known to officials and employees of the agency--
(1) that records in the custody of the agency are not to be alienated or destroyed except in accordance with sections 3301-3314 of this title, and
(2) the penalties provided by law for the unlawful removal or destruction of records
3106. Unlawful removal, destruction of records
(a) FEDERAL AGENCY NOTIFICATION.—The head of each Federal agency shall notify the Archivist of any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion, erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency, and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records the head of the Federal agency knows or has reason to believe have been unlawfully removed from that agency, or from another Federal agency whose records have been transferred to the legal custody of that Federal agency.
(b) ARCHIVIST NOTIFICATION.—In any case in which the head of the Federal agency does not initiate an action for such recovery or other redress within a reasonable period of time after being notified of any such unlawful action described in subsection (a), or is participating in, or believed to be participating in any such unlawful action, the Archivist shall request the Attorney General to initiate such an action, and shall notify the Congress when such a request has been made.
Disposal of Records
3301. Definition of records
(a) RECORDS DEFINED.—
(1) IN GENERAL.—As used in this chapter, the term “records”—
(A) includes all recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, made or received by a Federal agency under Federal law or in connection with the transaction of public business and preserved or appropriate for preservation by that agency or its legitimate successor as evidence of the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the United States Government
or because of the informational value of data in them; and
(B) does not include —
(i) library and museum material made or acquired and preserved solely for reference or exhibition purposes; or
(ii) duplicate copies of records preserved only for convenience.
(2) RECORDED INFORMATION DEFINED.— For purposes of paragraph (1), the term recorded information includes all traditional forms of records, regardless of physical form or characteristics, including information created, manipulated, communicated or stored in digital or electronic form.
(b) DETERMINATION OF DEFINITION.—The Archivist’s determination whether recorded information, regardless of whether it exists in physical, digital, or electronic form, is a record as defined in subsection (a) shall be binding on all Federal agencies.
3302. Regulations covering lists of records for disposal, procedure for disposal, and standards for reproduction
The Archivist shall promulgate regulations, not inconsistent with this chapter, establishing--
(1) procedures for the compiling and submitting to the Archivist of lists and schedules of records proposed for disposal,
(2) procedures for the disposal of records authorized for disposal, and
(3) standards for the reproduction of records by photographic, microphotographic, or digital processes with a view to the disposal of the original records.
3303. Lists and schedules of records to be submitted to the Archivist by head of each Government agency
The head of each agency of the United States Government shall submit to the Archivist, under regulations
promulgated as provided by section 3302 of this title--
(1) lists of any records in the custody
of the agency that have been photographed, microphotographed, or digitized under the regulations and that, as a consequence, do not appear to have sufficient value
to warrant their further preservation by the Government;
(My Notes: So even if you dont THINK it's important and you destroy it, you have to provide a list of what you destroyed.)
(2) lists of other records in the custody of the agency not needed by it in the transaction of its current business and that do not appear to have sufficient administrative, legal, research, or other value to warrant their further preservation by the Government; and
(3) schedules proposing the disposal after the lapse of specified periods of time of records of a specified form or character that either have accumulated in the custody of the agency or may accumulate after the submission of the schedules and apparently will not after the lapse of the period specified have sufficient administrative, legal, research, or other value to warrant their further preservation by the Government.
(My notes: You can go and read more if you like. It's all quite clear. But I dont know why I've even bothered to plaster this here for you. You wont read it either, and even if you do you'll brush it all away and come up with more excuses for why the LAW doesn't apply to your precious, deceitful, unethical, lying, professional politician. Is that because you think she's been so valuable to the nation of the decades (by succeeding in no real accomplishment beyond being elected/appointed), or simply because she has a vagina and you desperately want a woman in the White House? )