As expected, the cleaners have swept in and done a number on Hillary Clinton’s hard drive, the storage device that previously held thousands of communications from the personal email server she used exclusively during her time as secretary of state.
Clinton’s lawyer on Friday told a congressional committee investigating Benghazi that her representatives had conducted a review of the hard drive and, after determining which emails were government-related and which private, had changed a setting on the Clinton server to only retain emails for 60 days.
This occurred despite the committee, on March 4, issuing a subpoena demanding that Clinton turn over the server for examination to a neutral third party.
“Thus, there are no [email protected] emails from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized,” wrote Clinton attorney David Kendall.
This is far from the first time that Team Clinton or the State Department have pretended to comply with investigators’ requests, only to fail to provide emails from the critical period immediately after the Benghazi attacks. You can read a detailed blow-by-blow account from the congressional committee here.
Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy said it appears that Clinton deleted the emails back in late October, when the State Department first asked her to turn over government-related emails.
“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,” Gowdy said in a written statement.
To nobody’s shock or awe, the leading Democrat on the committee, Elijah Cummings defended Clinton, saying, “This confirms what we all knew — that Secretary Clinton already produced her official records to the State Department, that she did not keep her personal emails, and that the select committee has already obtained her emails relating to the attacks in Benghazi.”
Because there’s no reason whatsoever to believe that the Secretary of State emailed anybody in the week after the Benghazi attacks. …
Clinton’s attorney said a lot of other stuff about how the process used by Clinton to determine which emails were government-related is the same process used by “tens of thousands” of federal agents as a matter of common practice.
But what’s the point of even listening to that when it’s so painfully obvious that Clinton is lying and has destroyed evidence in order to cover her tail?
Sounds like run-of-the-mill Democratic presidential material.