Yesterday the AP reported the State Department disabled its own internal email security after mail sent from Clinton’s private server was repeatedly caught in the department’s spam filter. Today the AP has a follow up noting that a “key message” showing Clinton was aware of the need for an official State email account was not turned over to the State Department:
Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
The email was included within messages exchanged Nov. 13, 2010, between Clinton and one of her closest aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. At the time, emails sent from Clinton’s BlackBerry device and routed through her private clintonemail.com server in the basement of her New York home were being blocked by the State Department’s spam filter. A suggested remedy was for Clinton to obtain a state.gov email account.
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton responded to Abedin…
Recall that last March when Clinton first addressed the email story she claimed said she had turned over, “all” emails that, “could possibly be work-related” [emphasis added]:
After I left office, the State Department asked former secretaries of state for our assistance in providing copies of work- related emails from our personal accounts. I responded right away and provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related, which totalled roughly 55,000 printed pages, even though I knew that the State Department already had the vast majority of them.
The claim that the State Department already had most of her emails was a lie. According to her own campaign manager, Clinton “learned this was not the case” months before this press conference.
Later, in the same press conference Clinton was asked directly, “Did you or any of your aides delete any government-related e-mails from your personal account?” Clinton replied, “We did not. In fact, my direction to conduct the thorough investigation was to err on the side of providing anything that could be possibly viewed as work related.” She added, “When the search was conducted, we were asking that any email be identified and preserved that could potentially be federal records, and that’s exactly what we did.”
As has been the case all along, the State Department continued to play defense for Clinton. Spokesman John Kirby told the AP, “While this exchange was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton, the exchange was included within the set of documents Ms. Abedin provided the department in response to our March 2015 request.”
It’s not clear how this diminishes or explains Clinton’s failure to turn it over this email after assuring the world she had erred on the side of turning over too much. At a minimum, this creates the impression that someone looked through the emails and held back some that might raise difficult questions.