You may recall that she certified, on pain of perjury, that she had handed over copies of all of her work-related e-mails to the State Department. If you believe the AP, that statement is now known to be false.
Note that there are not one but two lies exposed here, the claim that she turned everything over and the claim that she didn’t start using her private server until March 2009. I can’t believe I’m saying this but I think she really might be done as a viable candidate.
The Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials said Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner’s unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government…
The State Department’s record of Clinton emails begins on March 18, 2009 — almost two months after she entered office. Before then, Clinton has said she used an old AT&T Blackberry email account, the contents of which she no longer can access.
The Petraeus emails, first discovered by the Defense Department and then passed to the State Department’s inspector general, challenge that claim. They start on Jan. 10, 2009, with Clinton using the older email account. But by Jan. 28 — a week after her swearing in — she switched to using the private email address on a homebrew server that she would rely on for the rest of her tenure. There are less than 10 emails back and forth in total, officials said, and the chain ends on Feb. 1.
The e-mails supposedly touch on personnel, not on highly classified material, but that doesn’t explain why she didn’t produce them. It goes without saying that she won’t be prosecuted for perjuring herself (“those first e-mails with Petraeus simply slipped my mind, I swear!”) but I don’t think you need a prosecution anymore to convince Democrats that the stink of corruption all around her is too much of a headache to tolerate in a nominee, especially with Biden gearing up now. How do these numbers from yesterday’s Quinnipiac poll grab you?
She’s nearly 20 points underwater among women. On other measurements of presidential fitness, like experience and caring about people’s problems, she performs respectably or even well, but thanks to her catastrophic figures on honesty, her overall favorable rating is a lousy 41/55, including 38/57 among independents. (Among women, whom she’ll need to win big against Republicans, she’s at just 49/47.) And the lying continues even this afternoon. Here’s what her campaign spokesman tweeted at the AP after their new story broke:
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) September 25, 2015
Not true, according to the AP. There are e-mails between her and Petraeus on the server dating to January of that year. How come her spokesman didn’t know that? And how exactly did State get hold of these new e-mails, anyway? Did Petraeus turn over his copies of the exchange? Or was it — ta da — the FBI’s data retrieval team, which has reportedly salvaged “deleted” messages from Hillary’s server, that produced them? She’d better hope they’re not responsible or else she’s got an even bigger problem: What else have they found, or are about to find, on that supposedly wiped server?
Speaking of overlooked e-mails, turns out the State Department has a little failure-to-produce problem of its own:
“Following our second review of former Secretary Clinton’s emails… the Department is producing a small number of emails relating to Benghazi,” the official said. The official could not say precisely how many Benghazi-related Clinton emails the State Department missed in its original review, but characterized it as a “handful.”…
The State Department informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday that it would deliver to them approximately 925 new Hillary Clinton emails relating to Benghazi and Libya, among them a small number of Benghazi-related emails that it had missed.
What spurred State to undertake that second review? And how exactly were more than 900 e-mails involving the Secretary of State and touching on Libya and Benghazi, the biggest counterterror disaster of her tenure, somehow overlooked?
In completely unrelated news today, “Draft Biden” staffers are adding more staffers in key primary states.