[guest post by Dana]
How hard can it be to locate the required exit papers of a former employee? Well, at most organizations, it wouldn’t be that difficult. Human Resources typically maintains any and all personnel records of current and former employees. Unless, of course, the employer is the State Dept. and the employee in question is Hillary Clinton. Then all bets are off.
Incompetency: Another day at the podium, another opportunity to look like a fool.
MATT LEE, AP: Last week, I think a couple times you were asked about whether the department has a record of Secretary Clinton signing the separation form.
JEN PSAKI: I don’t have an update on this, Matt. We’re still working on it. I understand.
MATT LEE: There has to be a human resources department, they presumably have a file on every employee at the State Dept. It can’t be that difficult.
JEN PSAKI: I don’t think former secretaries are standard employees.
MATT LEE: They might not be but how hard could it be? How hard can it be to find out whether she did or not?
JEN PSAKI: I understand why you’re asking. We’re looking to get an answer. I don’t have an answer today.
MATT LEE: Do you know — where are these forms after they are signed? Where do they go?
JEN PSAKI: Where in the building do they go?
MATT LEE: If I asked for one from someone else.
JEN PSAKI: I’m not sure how many forms we’d be willing to give you access to. Hahaha.
We keep records. I don’t have an update on this particular question today. We keep records, yes…
MATT LEE: So if someone had signed one of these forms it would be on file somewhere?
JEN PSAKI: We do keep records, yes, it would be on file.
MATT LEE: Then I can’t understand why– whatever.
Bonus points to Matt Lee for not gouging out his eyes in utter frustration.
Remember the unfortunate no-win:
If she signed it and was not honest, she is in a heap of trouble. If she did not have to sign it, it is further evidence that the rules don’t apply to her and that she is deliberately evasive enough to avoid perjuring herself.
And, to clarify:
If State can’t find the form then Hillary’s not guilty of perjury. If State can find the form then perjury is back in play, but remember that perjury is a crime of intent. You have to knowingly and willfully falsify facts to be guilty; an honest or pretend-honest mistake isn’t actionable.