Clinton tells House she deleted all her emails
By Greg Gordon and Anita Kumar TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton advised a House Select Committee yesterday that she permanently deleted all emails from the private server she used to conduct official business, apparently after she was first asked by the State Department to turn them over, the panel’s chairman said.
In response to a congressional subpoena, Clinton also said she would not allow an independent third party to analyze the server.
- “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,” Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement.
The disclosure raised the stakes in the controversy that has dogged Clinton for weeks, since it was revealed that she had used an email server, apparently in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., to conduct government business during her tenure from 2009 to 2013 as the nation’s top diplomat.
Gowdy said Clinton’s attorney informed the committee yesterday that she “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 Oct. 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the secretary to return her public record to the department,” Gowdy said. It was not clear whether cyberforensic procedures could recover the emails.
- The congressman said that “in light of the secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails,” and because of the matter’s import to the American people, the panel will work with House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders to consider next steps.
Clinton turned over 30,490 printed emails to the State Department in December in response to a request from the agency, but she deleted more than 32,000 emails that she considered personal. She has said many work-related emails were archived through other accounts.
With regard to this being an incident between two ordinary people, one might consider this to be rather off-putting, but it isn’t that; This is a request from the State Department to the former Secretary of State for rightful government records which is apparently normal and expected. Aside from the unusual manner she chose for her duties of governmental documentation in which she conducted her business (by combining both her job communications along with her greater amount of social content together in one private, personal account at home) as this was more convenient for her. All the flap which follows is kinda routine for a Hillary Clinton whose ways are past understanding, perhaps, even to her. It is clear, she trusts no one . .ergo the great distrust of the press. She’ll never have the charisma or likability of Bill, sadly.
But, that’s not the point under scrutiny at the moment. If she is to be considered for a presidency run to which so many feel she is entitled (God only knows why?), she needs to be thought of as trustworthy, clear-minded, decisive, capable of measured mental composure to handle big decisions , or even that phone call at three in the morning. Her legal training and work, her political exposure (thru Bill) might seem to qualify her. But at the White House as first lady she was a known terror to deal with. Most of her utterances blew up in her face. . .e.g. “what did you expect me to do – stay home and bake cookies?” and so on. . this lady can’t tolerate intrusions well; doesn’t like to have to justify anything she does. But where is the possible “transparency,” ‘my word is my bond’ thing? How can we feel she is capable of serving our needs – a nation of people, simple ordinary people when she is so full of herself and own “needs,” – guess we can call it that. She doesn’t seem capable of frankness wherein her inner self might ooze out a bit, unless she is near a breaking point (as she once did on the campaign trail against Obama). She seems lacking in a congenial sense of cooperation.
The Clinton history seems full of subterfuge, skirting issues and deceit. But Hillary’s motives may well always be and remain unknowable, for she seems to be a control freak. Not really likable. . . don’t know what to expect due to her devious nature. Hard to determine if she doesn’t know who she really is and what she believes, because she is accustomed to hiring advisers to help shape her image to fit a current image of what she is trying to accomplish. . . a new facade.
Oh when will our country realize that we don’t want or need “Royal families” by any name. Papa Bush [good man that he is] gave bio-chemical companies a foot in the door – BIG NO-NO, and Bill started the raise all boats issue to reality [didn’t he really understand – that’s what sank our jobs situation as they went overseas?] Keep those “dynasty” family members from muddying up the landscape, its messy enough now. Let in the fresh air with down-to-earth goals. Jan)