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- February 29, 2016

The Oft-Stated Clinton Talking Point Of Releasing 55,000 Pages Of Her Email Wasn't True

Today, The State Department Said It Only Has Between 52,000 And 53,000 Pages Of Clinton Emails To Release. MATT LEE: "Can you give us then what the total, after this release tonight, how many pages of emails will you have released? Is it the 55 thousand that you have been talking about so much?" JOHN KIRBY: "So 55k pages was the rough number used colloquially to describe the collection, but if you look at our filings, you will see that a more precise number has evolved over time, closer to between 52 to 53 thousand pages. This will be the final tranche in that entire collection." LEE: "You don't have an exact number?" KIRBY: "I do not right now." LEE: "Out of those 52 to 53 thousand how many have had redactions for any classification reason? Is it just the 22 that have been redacted or denied because they were top secret?" KIRBY: "There's been no additional TS…" LEE: "So it's just 22 that you talked about today? And the change that you talked about in this one document today doesn't affect this 22 number?" KIRBY: "I don't think so Matt. Let me get back to you because as I said it is now being upgraded to the secret level so let me see if this takes you to 22 to 21. I don't know and I don't have a summary of the numbers of all the redactions." LEE: "Is it possible to get one?" KIRBY: "I will get you one. LEE: They do seem to have been a number given for most but not all, I don't think, of the releases." KIRBY: "Yea, that's fair." ( State Department Press Briefing, 2/29/16)

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Clinton Fact Sheet: Clinton Turned Over 55,000 Pages Of Emails To The State Department. "On December 5, 2014, 30,490 copies of work or potentially work-related emails sent and received by Clinton from March 18, 2009, to February 1, 2013, were provided to the State Department. This totaled roughly 55,000 pages." (Hillary For America, "Updated: The Facts About Hillary Clinton's Emails," Fact Sheet, 7/13/15)

In A July Interview, Clinton Claimed She "Chose To Turn Over 55,000 Pages" Of Her Emails. CLINTON: "You know you're starting with so many assumptions that are - I've never had a subpoena - again - let's take a deep breath here. Everything I did was permitted by law and regulation. I had one device. When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system. Now, I didn't have to turn over anything. I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me because I knew the vast majority of everything that was official was already in the State Department system." (CNN's "Situation Room," 7/7/15)

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In Her March 10, 2015 Press Conference, Clinton Claimed She Provided All Of Her Work-Related Emails To The State Department, Turning Over 55,000 Pages. CLINTON: "Third, after I left office, the State Department asked former secretaries of state for our assistance in providing copies of work- related emails from our personal accounts. I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totaled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them. We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work- related emails and deliver them to the State Department. At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal emails -- emails about planning Chelsea's wedding or my mother's funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At A Press Conference At The United Nations, New York, NY, 3/10/15)


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