Hillary Rodham Clinton, the former secretary of state and current 2016 Democratic Party presidential candidate, has been caught in yet another lie regarding her emails. Obama administration officials, according to The Hill and other sources on Friday afternoon, have revealed that the U.S. State Department has now handed over some new emails related to the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. The emails have been turned over to a House committee which is investigating the Benghazi incident. Of course, Clinton has said as recently as last Sunday on “Face the Nation” that all emails had been turned over already.
Clinton has claimed that she had already handed over all work-related emails. But the latest reports, as detailed by the Associated Press, reveal that there is indeed a new chain of emails which Clinton has declined to turn over. The emails are between Clinton and retired Gen. David Petraeus. The emails were exchanged between the two within the first few days after Clinton entered the State Department. The emails were not on her state department-provided email address nor were they on the now notorious “clintonemail.com” private server. Clinton has previously claimed that she used the private server, clintonemail.com, throughout her tenure as nation’s secretary of state. Now these emails have come forth.
As one can imagine, the Republican National Committee was quick to respond to the latest news of Clinton’s dishonesty. Given that Clinton said of the emails, “We provided all of them,” just six days ago, the RNC has issued harsh words of its own. The committee Chairman Reince Priebus said:
This discrepancy raises serious questions and fits a pattern of dishonesty on the part of Hillary Clinton, her campaign, and the State Department designed to hide the truth. Once again, Hillary Clinton has shown that she cannot be taken at her word and that she cannot be trusted in the White House.
In attempted defense of the latest lie by Clinton, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon claims that the campaign had always said that the emails turned over to the State Department dated back only to March of 2009. That is the date she began using the clintonemail.com private email account. That excuse doesn’t appease hardly anyone when it is reported that these emails are a portion of a much larger batch of 925 emails related to Benghazi.
Apparently, the emails weren’t made available when Clinton handed over paper forms of her emails. But now that the emails have been uploaded into the State Department’s electronic systems, these additional emails have been discovered. According to Breitbart.com, a government official said that the Clinton-Petraeus emails are of a personal nature but definitely reference Benghazi. The official said, “We will continue to respond to the Benghazi Committee’s requests, but as they mount and modify over time, so too must we plan accordingly for the time and resources they consume.” Critics argue that if Clinton had followed the rules, no time and resources would have to be used on this investigation.
This latest episode of withheld emails by Clinton reignites the controversy over her non-transparency as the nation’s secretary of state and obviously further tarnishes her image of being untrustworthy. After the latest emails were discovered and their existence was disclosed to the media, Benghazi Committee spokesperson Jamal Ware said:
The State Department, which has failed to comply with multiple Benghazi Committee requests and failed to act in good faith, is now indicating it intends to foster a more cooperative relationship with the Committee.
Previously, it was assumed that the Clinton email scandal might extend into 2016. With this latest revelation and the emails having been implicated in 30-some ongoing public-records lawsuits against the State Department, it is now most assuredly a Clinton topic that will continue on for much longer. Clinton is scheduled to speak before the Benghazi Committee in October. According to CNN, in a latest CNN/ORC/WMUR poll, Clinton now trails Sen. Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire as the preferred Democratic Party presidential nominee for 2016. The email scandal and doubts of Clinton’s honesty continue to mar her poll numbers.