Hillary seems to have been less than honest about why she turned her emails over to the State Department. She originally said that agency officials asked her for them as part of a benign, general record-keeping effort to sweep up “everything from other secretaries of state, not just me,” as she said Sunday.
After an editorial board meeting with Hillary, a reporter for the Des Moines Register asked her about a Washington Post story that said the State Department’s request for her emails was “prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system.”
The Post reported that State Department officials contacted her in the summer of 2014, apparently caught off guard that she was using a private server for government business. That was THREE MONTHS BEFORE the agency asked Clinton and her three predecessors to provide their emails.
“You’re telling me something I don’t know,” Clinton said. “All I know is what I have said. What I have said is it was allowed. The State Department has confirmed that. The same letter went to, as far as I know, my predecessors, and I’m the one who said, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to help.’
Campaign aides said afterwards that what she has said is consistent and, ignoring the request three months before, went back to the later request.
Another related lie comes via this excellent synopsis from USA Today
“[I]f I had not asked for my emails all to be made public, none of this would have been in the public arena,” she said during an Aug. 17 radio interview in Iowa.
The truth: Clinton asked the State Department on March 5 to release her emails, but by then key events had already taken place months before. And the issue burst into public view on March 2.
- House Republicans discovered on Aug. 11, 2014, that Clinton had used a private email account for official business, when the State Department turned over 15,000 documents related to the Benghazi attacks to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
- Vice News investigative reporter Jason Leopold filed a FOIA request on Nov. 4, 2014, seeking Clinton’s records, including emails, and sued the department on Jan. 25, 2015, for not responding in a timely manner. (A judge ruled in Leopold’s favor in May and set a schedule for public release of the emails.)
- At the State Department’s request, Clinton on Dec. 5, 2014, gave the department just over 30,000 printed copies of work-related emails.
- TheNew York Times reported on March 2 that Clinton exclusively used her personal server and email account to conduct official business, rather than the government system, prompting Clinton three days later to ask the State Department to release her emails.
That’s not all. Senate Republicans on March 12 asked the State Department’s inspector general, along with the inspector general for the intelligence community, to determine whether classified information was sent or received by State employees in personal emails. The inspectors general did a limited sampling and found four of Clinton’s emails should have been marked as classified, and referred the matter to the FBI for an investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information.
Federal investigators reportedly have recovered work-related and personal emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state that the Democratic presidential front-runner claimed had been deleted from her personal server.
Bloomberg News reported late Tuesday from a source familiar with the investigation and corroborated by The New York Times that both work-related and personal emails were recovered from the private server though they had been previously erased. It is not known if all 30,000 were uncovered but the source said it wasn’t difficult to recover them.
It’s interesting that they mentioned work-related since she claimed she only erased personal emails like those tied to Chelsea’s wedding and her yoga lessons.