Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s press conference earlier this week left more questions than answers surrounding her use of a private email server while in office, and her decision to delete thousands of emails withheld from the State Department.  In response, House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called on Sec. Clinton “to turn her server over to a neutral, detached third-party arbiter who can determine which documents should be public and which should remain private,” arguing that “the Secretary of State has enormous responsibility and jurisdiction and the public, the media and Congress have a legal right to access these public records without impediment.”  A number of editorial boards and political analysts agree:

  • “Clinton Should Make the Private Servers” Available “For An Independent Review” “Clinton should make the private servers containing all the correspondence, even deleted emails, available to the State Department for an independent review. This way we’ll know that every email relevant to the historical record, even if embarrassing, will be preserved.” (Newsday editorial, 3/5/15)
  • “Surrendering the Devices for Inspection Is Clinton’s Only Way to Gain Public Confidence” “After revelations that Hillary Clinton set up her own email computer server as America’s top diplomat, the Democratic presidential frontrunner must deliver her hard drives to the State Department.  Surrendering the devices for inspection is Clinton’s only way to gain public confidence that she is hiding nothing and, no footnote, to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.” (New York Daily News editorial, 3/5/15)
  • “Should Make a Bold Statement About Her Commitment to Transparency by Turning Over Her Server” “If Clinton truly wants to put the e-mail matter behind her, she needs to go beyond merely complying with State Department requests to turn over work-related e-mails. She should make a bold statement about her commitment to transparency by turning over her server to the National Archives or the State Department’s inspector general.” (USA Today editorial, 3/10/15)
  • National Journal’s Ron Fournier: “Turn Over the Servers” “There’s only two questions, and only two answers. Here’s the servers, here’s your e-mails back. … It’s the truth, that she violated regulations, that she assaulted transparency, that they’ve been deceiving and lying about it ever since, her henchmen out here.  They’ve got to come clean. Turn over the servers.” (MSNBC’s Hardball, 3/9/15)
  • NBC’s Chuck Todd: “She Needs to Announce Something Actionable Like She’s Going to Turn the Server Over” “I think she needs to announce something actionable like she’s going to turn the server over to the State Department, let them have it.  So I think it’s going to have to be more than an explanation.  She’s got to do something.” (NBC’s The Today Show, 3/10/15)
  • Former Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry: “Likely Will Be Pressured to Turn Over Her Email Server” “Mr. McCurry said Mrs. Clinton likely will be pressured to turn over her email server so an independent party can review her records.  ‘I am absolutely sure that will happen,’ he said. ‘I’m sure there will be an ample number of people who will suggest that as a way to do this, and I won’t dispute that is a sensible opinion for those people to have.’” (Wall Street Journal, 3/9/15)
  • “She Should … Offer More Opportunities for Independent Verification” “Clinton has been involved in politics in Washington for more than 20 years, too long for her to smugly brush off concerns about secrecy and transparency. Her private email use and her tone-deaf response to the ensuing controversy is deeply disturbing. A House committee has pledged to question Clinton about the emails. She should have better answers and offer more opportunities for independent verification than she did this week.” (Tampa Bay Times editorial, 3/11/15)

As Speaker Boehner has said: “It doesn’t matter if the server was in Foggy Bottom, Chappaqua or Bora Bora. The Benghazi Select Committee needs to see all of these emails, because the American people deserve all of the facts.”