Thanks to the work of the Benghazi Select Committee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama State Department were forced to reveal in March that she exclusively used personal email to conduct official government business during her tenure as the chief diplomatic officer of the United States, which is a very big no-no.
‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ is not an address that existed during Secretary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. ... Secretary Clinton used one email account when corresponding with anyone, from Department officials to friends to family.
That’s completely false. The address email@example.com did exist while she was Secretary of State, according to emails from 2011 and 2012 published by The New York Times on Monday.
Those emails also directly contradict a March 10, 2015, statement from the “Office of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” in which her team described the printed emails they picked to provide to the State Department in 2014 after the Benghazi Select Committee requested them:
Secretary Clinton used one email account during her tenure at State …. At the time the printed copies were provided to the Department last year, because it was the same account, the new email address established after she left office appeared on the printed copies as the sender, and not the address she used as Secretary. In fact, this address on the account did not exist until March 2013.
“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. Looking back, it would have been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.”
That’s also completely false. Here’s why:
- As virtually every working professional in America knows, many email addresses can be managed and used from a single phone or device.
- Secretary Clinton carried more than one device, and she has admitted to using “an iPad, a mini iPad, an iPhone and a Blackberry.”
- Finally – as we now know – she did use a second email account.
All of this begs a crucial question: if what Secretary Clinton and her team said about the existence of two personal email accounts is not true, what about their claim that everything on her private server was deleted? Her lawyer says the emails no longer exist, and thus are not available for anyone to review – is that also untrue?
This is further proof that she must turn over her private server for independent analysis.
According to Politico, “experts say the messages she deleted from it — or at least portions of them — can almost certainly be recovered” since “permanent deletion is extremely difficult to achieve[.]”
“We think the Inspector General at the State Department is the right entity to look at the server, determine what's private, what's public and what's mixed. They've got the ability to do that. … I just frankly think a third party is in a much better position to make this call,” Speaker Boehner said recently.
Answering questions from reporters for the first time in 28 days today, Secretary Clinton said, “I have said repeatedly, I want those emails out. Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do.”
Of course, she was referring only to the emails she chose to provide to the State Department, and not those she continues to hide. But if she really feels so strongly about the importance of transparency and setting the record straight, let her prove it by turning over the server.