The State Department confirmed on Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did not turn over all her work-related emails, as she has claimed.
This revelation came following the release of 179 pages of emails on Monday by the Select Committee on Benghazi. Among those emails were 120 pages of emails produced by Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal in response to the committee’s request.
“The officials said Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, confirmed that nine emails and parts of six others that the committee made public Monday couldn’t be located in the department’s records,” according to the Associated Press.
When asked about the discrepancy, Nick Merrill, a Clinton campaign spokesman, did not answer the question, saying the former Secretary “has turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department, including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal.”
“The revelation these messages were not originally produced to the State Department by Clinton is significant and troubling,” committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement. “This has implications far beyond Libya, Benghazi and our committee’s work. This conclusively shows her email arrangement with herself, which was then vetted by her own lawyers, has resulted in an incomplete public record.”
Gowdy added that the news “raises serious questions about her decision to erase her personal server — especially before it could be analyzed by an independent, neutral third party arbiter.”
When Clinton addressed the issue of the use of her personal email at a press conference at the U.N. in March, she said emphatically: “I provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totaled roughly 55,000 printed pages.”
She further explained that her team of lawyers “went through a thorough process to identify all my work-related emails, and deliver them to the State Department. At the end, I chose to keep my private, personal emails….”
The Daily Caller reports:
The revelation is not the first time Clinton has been found to have made false statements about her emails. When it was revealed that she received the intelligence reports from Blumenthal, Clinton downplayed the news saying that the correspondence was “unsolicited.”
Yet a close look at the emails Blumenthal turned over last week showed that Clinton actively encouraged Blumenthal to send more intelligence reports. In one exchange with Blumenthal, Clinton asked for “additional info” on a Libya-related issue. In another she asked Blumenthal to send along “any other info.”
In yet another, she wrote: “Thanks for keeping this stuff coming!”
Still, other emails turned over to the Select Committee on Benghazi call into question Clinton’s statement during her U.N. press conference that “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material.” The presidential candidate reiterated: “I’m certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material.”
Fox News reports that an email chain between Clinton and high level State Department officials concerning negotiations enforcing a no-fly zone in Libya between Turkey, France, Great Britain, and the United States took place.
“I think the information in the email is clearly classified. If I were engaged in the negotiation on that subject reporting back to Washington, my reporting cable would be classified,” former UN Ambassador and Fox News contributor John Bolton said after reading the un-redacted emails.
“They’re dealing with the possible U.S. military operation, sensitive negotiations among NATO partners, talking about U.S. objectives and political arrangements and possible objections to the deal from key partners so all of these at secretary of state level is extraordinarily sensitive,” he added.
The New York Times reports: “’I would assume that more than 50 percent of what the secretary of state dealt with was classified,’ said [a] former [senior State Department] official, who would speak only on the condition of anonymity because he did not want to seem ungracious to Mrs. Clinton. ‘Was every single email of the secretary of state completely unclassified? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine.’”
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