The State Department released 7,000 new Clinton emails last night under court order. These documents poked more holes in Hillary Clinton’s defense of her growing email scandal, which has greatly damaged her in the eyes of voters and caused her to fall behind both her Democrat and Republican challengers. Here’s what we learned:
Contrary to Clinton’s original claim that she never sent or received classified information, at least 125 additional emails were found to contain such information. That makes nearly 200 emails known to contain classified information, a number likely to grow with more than 300 additional emails still under review by the intelligence community.
Contrary to Clinton’s original claim that Blumenthal’s emails were “unsolicited,” last night’s email dump showed she asked for information and advice from him on multiple occasions. Dozens of Blumenthal emails have now been uncovered, highlighting their unusual and close relationship.
Contrary to Clinton’s original claim that she set up her secret server for the “convenience” of one device, last night’s release showed she obtained her i-Pad barely a year into office.
There were other interesting revelations:
- Clinton recommended involving the Clinton Foundation in a State Department project in Haiti because “they have unencumbered $.”
- Clinton instructed a top aide to encourage the government of Norway to steer $600,000 to a Clinton Global Initiative project.
- Clinton showed a keen interest in tracking corporate contributions to State Department projects.
These court-ordered releases won’t paint a full picture, however, as Clinton and her lawyers ultimately decided what was to be turned over rather than career public information officers.
After all, that was the whole point of taking the unprecedented step of exclusively using a secret email server: to have total control over what gets released under government transparency laws and what doesn’t.
But because Clinton deleted more than 30,000 emails and then had her server wiped, we may never fully know the true extent to which she jeopardized our national security or mixed diplomacy with Clinton Foundation fundraising as Secretary of State.
What we do know is Hillary Clinton has been misleading about her email scandal from the very beginning. The fact Clinton’s first line of defense is never that she didn’t do anything wrong, but rather that there is no ‘proof’ she did, is hardly a response that inspires confidence with an FBI investigation under way.
And the fact that documents said to be turned over — or lost — when they weren’t shows Clinton and her allies have continued to stonewall and act in bad faith.
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