The Associated Press reports that at least 34 more Hillary Clinton “missing” emails have been found by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The news comes just a week after the existence of emails Clinton never turned over to the State Department was confirmed.
The emails were obtained from Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who also had an account on the Secretary of State’s secret home-brew email server. Judicial Watch forced the State Department to release the 165 pages of newly uncovered email with a court order.
As the Associated Press reports, one of the emails was a March 2009 message in which Clinton asked Abedin and another aide about the state of her record keeping.
“I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State. 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,” the Secretary of State wrote.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who seems to be running out of patience with Clinton’s ever-shifting email story, recalls her early claim that she only set up her private server to avoid the inconvenience of carrying two different smartphones or tablets to check her personal and official email, and notes that this “design the system we want” directive to Abedin isn’t consistent with “Clinton simply wanting convenience and following the instructions of her IT people on how to make that happen.”
Reiterating a point that Clinton defenders are constantly trying to obfuscate, the Associated Press notes that Clinton never handed over a single email voluntarily; it took no less than 30 lawsuits to get them, including one filed by the AP.
We also have no idea what kind of correspondence Clinton concealed by deleting tens of thousands of message from her server, claiming they were “personal” messages “such as emails about her daughter’s wedding plans, family vacations, yoga routines and condolence notes.”
Clinton never used an official State Department email address, despite offers to provider her with one — supposedly because “she did not know how to use a computer to do email,” as undersecretary for management Patrick Kennedy implausibly put it. For someone who doesn’t know the first thing about email, Clinton certainly sent — and destroyed — quite a bit of it.
Also, as The Hill reports, in one of her notes to Abedin, Clinton declared that she mostly didn’t “write anything on paper.” That doesn’t square with her cultivated image as an old-fashioned grandma who didn’t know how all this newfangled computer stuff worked.
The AP notes that with the latest release, the number of indisputably work-related emails sent or received by Clinton, but evidently destroyed along with her yoga routines, has risen to over 50.
Abedin testified under oath in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Tuesday, while Kennedy is scheduled to give testimony on Wednesday.