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ICYMI: Disclosures Of New Clinton Emails Raise Questions About Her Transparency

- June 29, 2016

Excerpts from The Washington Post

By: Rosalind Helderman
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

“As Hillary Clinton prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next month and tries to put to rest the controversy over her private email server, she has repeatedly sought to remind voters that she turned all of the correspondence related to her official work as secretary of state over to the agency — proof, she has said, that she has nothing to hide.

“‘I have provided all of my work-related emails, and I’ve asked that they be made public, and I think that demonstrates that I wanted to make sure that this information was part of the official records,’ she told ABC News last month.

“But disclosures over the past several weeks has revealed dozens of emails related to Clinton’s official duties that crossed her private server but were not included in the 55,000 pages of correspondence she delivered to State.

“At least 69 such emails have come to light so far, many of them through public-records lawsuits brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

“In one email released by Judicial Watch on Monday, Clinton queried aide Huma Abedin and another staffer about how her official records were being maintained. ‘I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State. Who manages both my personal and official files?’ she wrote on March 22, 2009.

“A 2010 Clinton email, which was disclosed last month by the State Department’s inspector general but had not been submitted by the former secretary, appears to show that she was concerned about ensuring privacy for her personal emails if she was given an official government account.

“‘Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,’ Clinton wrote.

“The newly disclosed gaps in Clinton’s correspondence raise questions about the process used by Clinton and her lawyers to determine which emails she turned over to the department in December 2014 in response to a request by the agency for all of her work-related correspondence.

“Clinton has said she deleted nearly 32,000 emails from her time as secretary because they were purely personal, dealing with such matters as arrangements for her daughter’s wedding and her yoga routine. But Republicans have said there is no way to know whether Clinton also deleted potentially embarrassing work-related emails …

“The email controversy has haunted Clinton’s candidacy for more than a year and contributed to her rising unfavorable poll numbers …

“[T]he email disclosures come as part of ongoing litigation that is likely to cause Clinton’s campaign continued discomfort in coming months …

“That process could well result in the publication of additional emails that Clinton had not provided to the State Department.

“Meanwhile, an FBI investigation into the security of Clinton’s email server has yet to be resolved.

“Clinton has filed a sworn statement to a federal judge saying she submitted all of her emails in her possession that might be federal records to the State Department in December 2014.

“Her campaign has said she no longer had access to some of her emails … But her spokesman has not provided a full explanation for all of the gaps.

“Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that the growing number of Clinton work emails that she did not turn over undermined her vows of transparency.

“‘The most charitable interpretation is that the process she and her attorneys used to cull government emails from the emails she took with her didn’t work,’ he said. ‘The less charitable interpretation is that these emails were not helpful to Mrs. Clinton, so they were not turned over’…

“Among those the IG said she had not turned over were 19 emails exchanged with Gen. David Petraeus in January and February 2009. Approximately 15 additional emails that Clinton exchanged with informal adviser Sidney Blumenthal were turned over by Blumenthal to the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya, but did not appear among the emails she had turned over…”

Read the full article here.

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