WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has changed her definition of what constitutes a “work-related email” for purposes of the federal investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
Washington insiders are noticing a major change in Clinton’s definition of “work-related,” which casts doubt on whether Clinton actually did turn over all the work-related emails in her possession, as she claimed under oath to have done.
“Well, if you are talking about Mr. Blumenthal, which I assume you are, he had some that I didn’t have, and I had some that he didn’t have. And he — I was under no obligation to make any of his emails available unless I decided they were work-related,” Clinton said during her testimony to the House Benghazi Committee, referring to intelligence memos about Libya that she received from her political adviser Sidney Blumenthal.
Committee chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy pressed her on the fact that Blumenthal’s emails were clearly work-related, but Clinton pushed back.
“No. They were from a personal friend, not … any government official. And they were, I determined on the basis of looking at them, what I thought was work-related and what wasn’t. And some I didn’t even have time to read, Mr. Chairman,” Clinton said.
Clinton admitted, therefore, that she only turned over emails if she “decided they were work-related.”
But Clinton said in March 2015 that she turned over any emails “that could possibly be work-related,” barring only things like family funeral arrangements or Chelsea’s wedding plans. (As Breitbart News reported, Chelsea Clinton also shared her mother’s private email network with the Clinton Foundation.)
[A]fter 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.
“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” stated Clinton. “At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal emails — emails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.”
(h/t Jay Cost)