Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, criticized former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for reportedly deleting thousands of emails from her personal server, saying her actions could be “criminal in nature.”
In a press conference earlier in March, Clinton revealed she had used a private email to send personal emails to her husband and daughter. She also said she deleted up to 30,000 emails that pertained to her mother’s funeral arrangements, her new grandchild and other personal events.
Appearing on “Fox and Friends” March 30, Priebus questioned the criminality of Clinton’s actions.
“I mean this is intentional behavior, which in many cases, Steve, is criminal in nature,” Priebus said to co-host Steve Doocy. “I mean, you cannot just destroy documents when an agency is telling you to turn them over,” referring to Clinton’s role as secretary of state during the terrorist attacks in Bengahzi, Libya in September 2012 where four Americans were killed.
Priebus also questioned whether the deleted emails could be recovered from Clinton’s server.
“And when you think about what it takes to wipe a server clean, you have to go to pretty great lengths to do that. So the real question is, is the server actually wiped clean?” Priebus asked.
Another prominent Republican, Rep. Trey Gowdy also voiced his criticism of Clinton last week, saying Clinton “decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server” after the State Department asked for all of her records.
Because Clinton has yet to officially create a campaign team for her widely expected second run for the presidency, she does not have a team to combat these attacks from Republicans. Adrienne Watson, a communications director close to the Clinton camp, said “Reince is intentionally misleading the American public in a ploy to continue to politicize the tragedy in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton turned over 55,000 pages of work-related email and in an unprecedented move, asked that these emails be made public. As she conveyed in her press conference weeks ago, she deleted personal email, on topics including her daughter’s wedding and mother’s funeral — topics we all can agree should remain private. Priebus and Gowdy’s server revelation is old news,” reports Politico.
It is expected Clinton will begin her run for the White House in April, become the first Democrat to declare their candidacy. In numerous polls, Clinton leads all Republican challengers, including frontrunners Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz, who announced his candidacy last week.
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