Why I’ve written 50 posts on Hillary Clinton’s e-mails

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Fiorina, Trump, and the politics of appearance.

The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials told The Associated Press.I think that Donald Trump is as boorish a candidate as I have ever seen, and I was glad to see Carly Fiorina call him on it during the recent Republican presidential debate (“Buoyed by debate, Fiorina tries to gain ground,” Page A1, Sept. 18). The disclosure adds to the questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.

The new submission comes after the State Department had previously said it turned over all records the House Select Committee on Benghazi had requested and as the agency reviews Clinton’s e-mails for public release. 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. And I think that’s what women understand.” We’ve never had a female president, so women in the race certainly face a unique set of obstacles, but comments about appearance, as unnecessary as they are, are not one of them.

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 taken heat for having the private email address and a separate server, casting doubt over whether all of her communications relating to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi would be turned over to the committee. 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.

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. She gave the department some 30,000 emails last year that she sent or received while in office, and officials plan to finish releasing all of them by the end of January, after sensitive or classified information is censored. 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.

And now I’m being as transparent as possible, more than anybody else ever has been,” she said earlier this week. “As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts,” she said earlier this month. “One for personal, one for work-related emails. 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. Bernie Sanders of Vermont fell 31 percentage points (58 to 17) to 20 points (47 to 27) in a matter of five weeks, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries.

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