Hillary Rodham Clinton permanently deleted all emails, wiping her server clean, and refuses to turn over the server for review, alleges Representative Trey Gowdy. Clinton’s attorney says she has already turned over all work-related emails from her time as Secretary of State and turning over the server now is pointless as there is nothing on it.
Representative Trey Gowdy is chairman of the House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks. In a statement issued Friday, Gowdy said the former first lady has not turned over any new documents in several weeks, even though she was under subpoena, and is refusing to provide her server for an independent, third-party review of the system, according to the Associated Press.
Clinton was issued a subpoena earlier this month by the Select Committee on Benghazi and was asked to produce any and all documents relating to the 2012 attack. The deadline to do so was Friday. However, David Kendall, Hillary Clinton’s attorney, maintains all emails relating to her work as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 have been provided. Kendall insists turning over the server will be of no help as there are no emails on the server and there are no backups to provide.
Business Insider reports Trey Gowdy is not sure when exactly Hillary Clinton deleted emails, but it appears as if she decided to do so after the State Department first asked her to provide all work-related emails.
“We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server. While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.”
Politico reports Representative Gowdy and House Speaker John Boehner are now considering legal actions against the former Secretary of State.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, after The New York Times broke the story earlier this month of Hillary Clinton’s personal email during her time as Secretary of State, Clinton asked the State Department to release all emails to the public. While the former first lady may not have broken federal law, senior officials believe Clinton violated State Department policy in effect from 2005 that states government personnel who utilize private email must turn the emails over to be placed into a government database.
In a statement released after Gowdy’s, a spokesperson for Hillary Clinton said the former Secretary of State is ready to publicly defend herself.
“She would like her emails made public as soon as possible and… she’s ready and willing to come and appear herself for a hearing open to the American public.”
Hillary Clinton will have an opportunity to do so as the Benghazi panel plans to call her to testify regarding her private email use.
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