Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton has insisted that she has fully cooperated and turned over every work-related email that passed through her secret private server, which is currently the subject of an FBI investigation. She has described herself as “the most transparent public official in modern times.”
She appears to have a tenuous relationship with the truth. The Associated Press reports that Clinton did not, in fact, turn over a particularly controversial email involving the technical problems cause by her exclusive use of a private email server for work-related business, raising the possibility that Clinton may have deleted some work-related emails before releasing them under court order.
Clinton has acknowledged deleting several thousand emails she insisted were related to wedding plans and yoga routines.
The email exchange in question, between Hillary and her top aide, Huma Abedin, involved a discussion about whether Clinton should consider getting an official State Department email account.
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton wrote to Abedin.
Ultimately, the secretary of state did not use the government account, and conducted all work-related communications over her private account, without asking permission to do so. A damning report from the State Department’s inspector general found that Clinton violated a number of rules, and would not have been granted permission to use a private server if she had asked for it. The FBI is currently investigating whether Hillary’s private server may have exposed sensitive national security information to foreign government hackers.
The email that Hillary failed to turn over was ultimately made public after Abedin turned over her work-related emails in response to a State Department request, and was cited in the inspector general’s report as an example of how Clinton ignored federal standards regarding her email usage.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told the AP that his boss turned over “all potentially work-related emails” that were still in her possession at the time in response to transparency requests, but refused to say whether Clinton deleted any work-related emails before complying with those requests.