State discovers hundreds more Clinton e-mails for release to Benghazi panel

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Maybe Clinton’s true colors are, well, chameleonic.

Eric Fehrnstrohm (“Biden can rescue the Democrats”) suggests that Hillary Clinton just needs to come clean to appeal to voters. The State Department will provide Congress with 925 additional e-mails from former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton to assist the investigation of the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, a senior agency official said Friday.

The official said the new documents were found as the agency undertook a new review of Clinton’s correspondence in advance of Clinton’s much-anticipated Oct. 22 appearance before the committee. She has said that on March 19, 2009, she began using the personal account — hdr22@clintonemail.com — that she relied on for the rest of her time in office. They largely pertained to personnel matters and don’t appear to deal with highly classified material, officials said, but their existence challenges Clinton’s claim that she has handed over the entirety of her work emails from the account. In June, agency spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the committee had expanded its request for documents related not just to Benghazi but to Libya more generally. The revelation adds to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government. “The State Department, which has failed to comply with multiple Benghazi Committee requests and failed to act in good faith, is now indicating it intends to foster a more cooperative relationship with the committee.

Speaking of her emails on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this week, Clinton said, “We provided all of them.” But the FBI and several congressional committees are investigating. Clinton has said she deleted 31,000 personal e-mails, but Republicans have questioned whether she withheld any e-mails that dealt with public business. In polls, voters have questioned her trustworthiness, and in Iowa and New Hampshire she trails Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont in the race for the Democratic nomination. Kirby said the e-mails in question date from January and February 2009 and their omission from State’s records would be examined by the department’s inspector general. On the same day that she held a news conference at the United Nations to address the account, her office released a nine-page document that said that “before March 18, 2009, Secretary Clinton continued using the email account she had used during her Senate service.” It added that “she, however, no longer had access to these emails once she transitioned” to using hdr22@clintonemail.com.

The House Benghazi Committee plans to hold a public hearing with Clinton next month to hear specifically about what the emails might say about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya that killed four Americans on Sept. 11, 2012. And the Senate Judiciary Committee’s GOP chairman said he wants the Justice Department to tell him if a criminal investigation is underway into Clinton’s use of private email amid reports this week that the FBI recovered deleted emails from her server.

The Clinton campaign didn’t respond immediately to a request from The Associated Press for comment, but on Twitter, Brian Fallon, the Clinton campaign’s press secretary, wrote Friday: “We always said the emails given to State dated back only to March 09. Separately Friday, State Department officials said they were providing the Benghazi-focused probe more email exchanges from senior officials pertaining to Libya.

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