In an interview with Iowa Public Radio over the weekend, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated one of her favorite false claims about her unusual email arrangement. Here’s what she said:
That is false. She actually turned over nothing – nada – when she left office as Secretary of State, 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.
A December 2012 letter from the House Oversight Committee asked her the following: “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 responded.
So her secretive email arrangement and her work-related emails were never going to become public, and Clinton had no intention of surrendering her private email server voluntarily. Were it not for Speaker Boehner’s decision to create the Select Committee, as well as Chairman Gowdy’s dogged pursuit of State Department documents, all of the information we’ve learned over the last six months about her email arrangement would never have become public. This handy chart highlights how the Select Committee’s discovery of Clinton’s private email server led to the FBI inquiry.