June 25, 2015

Clinton Did Not Turn Over All Emails, As She Claimed

Today, The Associated Press reported that Hillary Clinton did not provide all of her “work-related emails,” as she claimed earlier this year:

The State Department has been unable to find in its records all or part of 15 work-related emails from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private server that were released this week by a House panel investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, officials said Thursday.

The emails all predate the Sept. 11 assault on the U.S. diplomatic facility and include scant words written by Clinton herself, the officials said. They consist of more in a series of would-be intelligence reports passed to her by longtime political confidant Sidney Blumenthal, the officials said.

At a March 2015 press conference, Clinton claimed she delivered all “work-related emails” to the State Department:

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 totalled 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.”

She also made the claim after a New Hampshire campaign event in May 2015:

MSNBC’s ANDREA MITCHELL: “On the emails, can you explain the criticisms of [inaudible] that your lawyers vetted these, so they’re no really a public release and that you haven’t really cooperated with putting everything out and at least one of these included information that was classified and involved the suspects of Benghazi.” CLINTON: “Well first of all, I’m glad the emails are starting to come out. This is something that I’ve asked to be done for a long time and those releases are beginning. I want people to be able to see all of them and it is the fact that we have released all of them that have any government relationship whatsoever. In fact, the State Department had the vast majority of those anyway because they went to what are called .gov accounts. I’m aware that the FBI has asked that a portion of one email be held back. That happens in the process of Freedom of Information Act responses, but that doesn’t change the fact that all the information in the emails was handled appropriately.”