Conservative group Judicial Watch has found more emails on the private server used by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The messages in question were dated back before the trove that were handed over to the State Department.
All of the Clinton emails have been reviewed by the State Department and those that have not been retroactively deemed classified will be released for the public record. However, Judicial Watch has found evidence that not all of the emails that passed through Clinton’s server were among the State Department filed, The Hill reported.
On March 24, the conservative watchdog group published a message between Clinton and her former Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills. The two allegedly discussed the process of procuring an encrypted Blackberry for Clinton’s use. The message was dated Feb. 13, 2009.
The emails that the State Department has reviewed and made public go back as far as March 18, 2009, making Judicial Watch’s newly released email troubling. If there were Clinton emails sent earlier than the ones found in the State Department files, then is there some insidious reason why they were not handed over?
Democratic lawmakers may be rolling their eyes, dismissing this as conservative groups grasping at straws in order to keep the email controversy long enough to impact the November general election.
Tom Fitton, the head of Judicial Watch, stated that the newly discovered email proves that Clinton is hiding something.
“So now we know that, contrary to her statement under oath suggesting otherwise, Hillary Clinton did not turn over all her government emails,” Fitton said.
The email between Clinton and Mills was a status update on whether or not the National Security Agency (NSA) would be able to issue the Secretary of State a secure Blackberry, CBS News reported.
Clinton had allegedly become so accustomed to using her Blackberry device that she favored using it over a laptop or desktop computer. The NSA ultimately declined to issue her an encrypted Blackberry.
Fitton stated: “Clinton falsely suggests she didn’t use clintonemail.com account prior to Mar. 18, 2009 — because she didn’t want Americans to know about her Feb. 13, 2009, email that shows that she knew her Blackberry and email use was not secure.”
An official from the State Department responded that Clinton: “has previously acknowledged that she emailed with department officials before [March] 18, 2009 … Clinton has also indicated that she does not have access to work-related emails beyond those she turned over to the Department.”
The scrutiny into Clinton’s use of a private email server will continue as further revelations bubble up.
Another piece to add to this puzzle: an anonymous colleague of Bryan Pagliano, the technician who supervised Clinton’s private server, has told Business Insider that the officials in the technology office were unaware of Clinton’s email server during her tenure of State of Secretary.