Washington | Another 165 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time at the State Department surfaced today, including nearly three dozen that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee failed to hand over last year that were sent through her private server.
The latest emails were released under court order by the State Department to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch. The batch includes 34 new emails Clinton exchanged through her private account with her deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin.
The aide, who also had a private email account on Clinton’s home server, later gave her copies to the government. The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence.
They include a March 22, 2009, message where the then-secretary of state discusses how her official records would be kept. I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State, Clinton wrote to Abedin and a second aide. Who manages both my personal and official files? … I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want.
In a blistering audit released last month, the State Department’s inspector general that concluded Clinton and her team ignored clear internal guidance that her email setup violated federal records-keeping standards and could have left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers.
The audit also cited a then-unreleased copy of a November 2010 email Clinton sent Abedin in which the secretary discussed using a government email account, expressing concern that she didn’t want any risk of the personal being accessible. Clinton never used a government account that was set up for her, instead continuing to rely on her private server until leaving office in 2013.
Though Clinton’s work-related emails were government records, she didn’t turn over copies until more than 30 lawsuits were filed, including one by The Associated Press. Before providing her correspondence, Clinton and her lawyers withheld and subsequently deleted tens of thousands of messages that she claimed were personal, such as emails about her daughter’s wedding plans, family vacations, yoga routines and condolence notes.
With the new release today, more than 50 work-related emails sent or received by Clinton have since surfaced that were not among those she provided.
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