At her Today Show town hall this morning, Hillary Clinton put a new spin on a discredited talking point about her email scandal.
Clinton claimed she had turned over her emails prior to the investigation by the Benghazi Select Committee, but the State Department has explicitly said they did not possess her records until she produced them in response to the committee's inquiries.
Clinton Appears To Claim That Her Emails Had Been "Handed Over" To Congress Prior To The Discovery Of Her Private Server And Request From The State Department. GUTHRIE: "You've mentioned there have been seven or eight Benghazi Committees. This is the first to actually discover and find your e-mails. Was that a public service?" CLINTON: "No. No. I mean, before this whole thing, you know, was a big controversy, you know, the State Department was looking for information. My e-mails were on the government account, more than 90% of them. The State Department was pulling them out. They had been handed over." (NBC's "Today," 10/5/15)
The State Department Has Said It Specifically Learned Of Clinton's Exclusive Use Of Private Email Because It Was "Responding To Congressional Document Requests Pertaining To Benghazi" And "Had Access To Relatively Few Email Records From Former Secretary Clinton." "'In the process of responding to congressional document requests pertaining to Benghazi, State Department officials recognized that it had access to relatively few email records from former Secretary Clinton,' State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement e-mailed to The Washington Post. 'State Department officials contacted her representatives during the summer of 2014 to learn more about her email use and the status of emails in that account.'" (Carol D. Leonnig and Rosalind S. Helderman, "State Department's Account Of E-Mail Request Differs From Clinton's," The Washington Post , 9/22/15)
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