It’s gotten so bad, we needed a chart. As several in the media have pointed out, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s “self-inflicted wound” continues to undermine her ability to appear truthful or transparent, and she “has only herself to blame” for all the questions surrounding her unprecedented email arrangement with herself.
And so, as the Obama State Department joins her in stonewalling (and thus prolonging) the Benghazi Select Committee’s investigation into the 2012 terrorist attack that killed four Americans, keep this reference guide handy.
|Hillary Clinton's Claims||The Truth|
|“I want the public to see my email.” (3/4/15)||She set up a private email server in her home to ensure her employer did not have access to any of her work-related emails, which are public records.|
|“I didn’t have to turn over anything.” (7/7/15)||When leaving their jobs, all State Department employees are supposed to sign form OF-109. This certifies that they have surrendered all classified, unclassified, or administratively controlled documents, material, and papers, including emails and “documents of a personal nature” that contain administratively controlled information. She has not said whether she signed the form, and the State Department says they have no record of her doing so.|
|“I chose to turn over 55,000 pages because I wanted to go above and beyond what was expected of me[.]” (7/7/15)||
She chose to turn over nothing – nada – when she left office, failing to comply with official government policy. When the State Department finally asked her to turn over all of her work-related emails nearly two years later (to comply with a request by the Benghazi Select Committee), she and her lawyers alone decided which emails to provide to the Obama administration. And then they wiped her server clean, deleting tens of thousands of other messages.If she truly wanted to go “above and beyond,” she would have answered a December 2012 letter from the House Oversight Committee, which asked: “Have you or any senior agency official ever used a personal email account to conduct official business? If so, please identify the account used.” She never did.
|“I opted for convenience to use my personal email account … because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.” (3/10/15)||Virtually everyone in America knows that many email addresses can be managed and used from a single phone or device. But even if that was not true, her statement makes no sense: the evidence suggests that she used multiple personal email accounts.|
|“I had one device.” (7/7/15)||She carried more than one device, and has admitted to using “an iPad, a mini iPad, an iPhone and a Blackberry.”|
|“[Sidney Blumenthal] sent me unsolicited emails[.]” (5/19/15)||She solicited information about Libya from him, asking for “additional info” and instructing him to "please keep 'em coming." (BLU-151)|
|“I … provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related …. [to] the State Department.” (3/10/15)||The Obama administration confirmed that she withheld at least 15 work-related emails, including some related to Libya and the Benghazi attack.|
|“[I]tâ€…isâ€…theâ€…factâ€…thatâ€…weâ€…haveâ€…releasedâ€…allâ€…ofâ€…themâ€…thatâ€…haveâ€…anyâ€…governmentâ€…relationshipâ€…whatsoever.” (5/22/15)||The Obama administration confirmed that she apparently deleted parts of at least six emails before turning them over to the State Department. These parts related to official government business.|
|“I turned over everything I was obligated to turn over. … I turned over everything that I could imagine.” (7/7/15)||The Benghazi Select Committee still does not have copies of two Sept. 29, 2012, emails regarding the terrorist attack, and the State Department won’t say why.|
|“I've never had a subpoena.” (7/7/15)||Official requests for her email date back to 2012, and the Benghazi Select Committee issued a subpoena on March 4, 2015.|
|“Everything I did [with my email] was permitted.” (7/7/15)||During her tenure, an American ambassador was forced to resign after an internal audit detailed his failure to “accept clear-cut U.S. Government decisions,” including those related to “the nonuse of commercial email for official government business.”|
|“There was no law, there was no regulation, there was nothing that did not give me the full authority to decide how I was going to communicate.” (7/7/15)||
Under National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regulations adopted in 1995 and updated in 2009, she was obligated to “ensure that Federal records sent or received on such systems [not operated by the agency] are preserved in the appropriate agency record-keeping system.”An order sent from her office to all State Department employees on June 28, 2011, instructed them to “Avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts.”
|“When I mailed anybody in the government, it would go into the government system.” (7/7/15)||At least four of her key aides (Philippe Reines, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Jake Sullivan) also used personal email addresses for official work.|
|“I knew the vast majority of everything that was official [email] already was in the State Department system.” (7/7/15)||An inspector general found that, under her leadership, the State Department failed to preserve the vast majority – in fact, less than 1 percent – of employee emails for the public record “as required by the government.”|
|“I did not email any classified material to anyone on my [personal] email. There is no classified material.” (3/10/15)||To date, more than two dozen of her emails released by the State Department contain classified material that has been redacted.|
|“[Former Secretary of State Colin] Powell has admitted he did exactly the same thing.” (7/7/15)||Secretary Powell – who left office before YouTube was created – never established a private email server in his home.|