NEW YORK, NY — Hillary Clinton admitted in her latest memoir released Tuesday that she emailed more than one hundred government employees from her private email server, including correspondence with White House officials.
Clinton further wrote that she received assistance from the Information Technology (IT) department of the State Department when it came to using her infamous Blackberry device.
Clinton was offering the information in defense of her illicit email setup, arguing that she made no attempt to keep her private email server a secret.
However, the details reveal that a large number of government employees were exposed to the fact that Clinton was utilizing a private server to conduct government business, a practice that violated clear-cut State Department regulations. Clinton herself sent out a cable to all State Department staff warning against using personal email accounts for government business.
Writing about her email use in the memoir, titled What Happened, Clinton revealed:
None of this was particularly remarkable. Nor was it a secret. I corresponded with more than a hundred government officials from my personal email account, including the President and other White House officials. The IT staff at the State Department often assisted me in using my BlackBerry, particularly when they realized how technologically challenged I was.
During the course of the FBI’s criminal investigation into Clinton, it was exposed that President Obama exchanged emails with Clinton a number of times on her private server. The messages seemingly contradicted a claim that Obama made during a March 2015 interview with CBS News in which he stated that he learned about Clinton’s server at “the same time everybody else learned it through news reports.”
Emails released by the State Department show exchanges with dozens of government employees, but the exact number of emails to government workers cannot be publicly determined since not all messages have been made public.
Of the 62,320 emails Clinton’s team claimed were on her server, 31,830 messages were deleted after Clinton’s lawyers asserted that they determined those were private emails and not government related. Clinton’s team reportedly provided the State Department with 30,490 work-related emails.
At a July 2016 press conference on the matter, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI discovered “several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000” turned over by Clinton.
Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.
Comey stated that 110 emails that are part of 52 email chains contained classified information at the time those messages were sent or received.
Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.
Only last month, new Clinton emails were released as part of a Judicial Watch lawsuit, reportedly showing Clinton forwarding classified information to two Clinton Foundation employees in 2010.
During her July interview with the FBI, Clinton told the agency that she “could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information,” according to FBI notes. CNN cited FBI notes showing Clinton claimed at least 39 times that she could not “recall” or “remember” issued relates to her email use.
The Clinton email scandal shows no sign of abating anytime soon. On Monday, a Maryland judge reportedly ordered the state bar to investigate three Clinton attorneys who allegedly aided the failed presidential candidate in deleting her emails.
The Washington Times reported:
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were egregious and the state bar couldn’t dismiss them as frivolous.
“There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning.
Aaron Klein is Breitbart’s Jerusalem bureau chief and senior investigative reporter. He is a New York Times bestselling author and hosts the popular weekend talk radio program: Aaron Klein Investigative Radio. Follow him on Twitter @AaronKleinShow. Follow him on Facebook.
Written with research by Joshua Klein.