According to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, requests by Congress to see the emails that the Clinton gang did not consider “official” can’t be honored because they don’t exist anymore.
That’s because after the Clinton team turned over the emails relating to her official business as secretary of state to the State Department, a setting on the server was changed to keep only those emails generated in the last 60 days.
The remaining 30,000 or so emails promptly disappeared.
Nothing to see here…Move along…
From the New York Times:
“Thus, there are no [email protected] emails from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized,” Mr. Kendall said in a letter to the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The committee subpoenaed the server this month, asking Mrs. Clinton to hand it over to a third party so it could determine which emails were personal and which were government records.
At a news conference this month, Mrs. Clinton appeared to provide two answers about whether she still had copies of her emails. First, she said that she “chose not to keep” her private personal emails after her lawyers had examined the account and determined on their own which ones were personal and which were State Department records. But later, she said that the server, which contained personal communication by her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, “will remain private.” The server was kept at their home in Chappaqua, N.Y., which is protected around the clock by the Secret Service.
Mrs. Clinton’s disclosure on Friday only heightened suspicions by the committee’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, about how she handled her emails, and it is likely to lead to more tension between her and the committee.
Mr. Gowdy said in a written statement that it appeared that Mrs. Clinton deleted the emails after Oct. 28, when the State Department first asked her to turn over emails that were government records.
“Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server, ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest,” Mr. Gowdy said.
Mrs. Clinton’s “unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails” had deprived Americans of a full record of her time in office, he added.
So, to sum up: Once it became clear that the personal email server and 60,000 of her emails were going to become public last October, two of Mrs. Clinton’s trusted employees were tasked with culling “official” emails from the “personal” communications. No, they didn’t read each and every one, but used a basic search function employing key words and phrases.
The remaining emails were then automatically — deliberately — deleted when the setting on the server was changed.
Even if most of the deleted emails were cutesy missives to Chelsea or other things of a personal nature, if only a few dozen had relevant information on them, Congress should have been the one to determine that, not someone with a compelling interest in hiding embarrassing information.