TIME: Hillary Clinton Permanently Deleted Her Emails

Originally published at TIME.

Hillary Rodham Clinton wiped her email server “clean,” permanently deleting all emails from it, the Republican chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks said Friday.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said the former secretary of state has failed to produce a single new document in recent weeks and has refused to relinquish her server to a third party for an independent review, as Gowdy has requested.

Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, said Gowdy was looking in the wrong place.

In a six-page letter released late Friday, Kendall said Clinton had turned over to the State Department all work-related emails sent or received during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

“The Department of State is therefore in possession of all Secretary Clinton’s work-related emails from the (personal email) account,” Kendall wrote.

Kendall also said it would be pointless for Clinton to turn over her server, even if legally authorized, since “no emails … reside on the server or on any backup systems associated with the server.”

Clinton, a likely Democratic presidential candidate, faced a Friday deadline to respond to a subpoena for emails and documents related to Libya, including the 2012 attacks in a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

The Benghazi committee demanded further documents and access to the server after it was revealed that Clinton used a private email account and server during her tenure at State.

Gowdy said he will work with House leaders to consider options. Speaker John Boehner has not ruled out a vote in the full House to force Clinton to turn over the server if she declines to make it available by an April 3 deadline set by Gowdy.

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, said Kendall’s letter confirmed “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.”

Cummings said it is time for Gowdy and other Republicans to stop what he called a “political charade” and instead make Clinton’s emails public. Gowdy also should schedule Clinton’s public testimony before the Benghazi panel as soon as possible, Cummings said.

Kendall said in his letter that Clinton’s personal attorneys reviewed every email sent and received from her private email address — 62,320 emails in total — and identified all work-related emails. Those totaled 30,490 emails or approximately 55,000 pages. The material was provided to the State Department on Dec. 5, 2014, and it is the agency’s discretion to release those emails after a review.

Kendall said Clinton has asked for the release of all of those emails. He said the State Department is reviewing the material to decide whether any sensitive information needs to be protected.

“Secretary Clinton is not in a position to produce any of those emails to the committee in response to the subpoena without approval from the State Department, which could come only following a review process,” Kendall wrote.

Gowdy said he was disappointed at Clinton’s lack of cooperation.

“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,” he said.

In a statement released later Friday, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said she “would like her emails made public as soon as possible and … she’s ready and willing to come and appear herself for a hearing open to the American public.”

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  • Jeanne Price says:

    March 29, 2015 at 12:29 AM

    So why is she not going straight to jail…without passing “Go” and without paying $200 dollars?
    Nixon was impeached for doing much less.

    • Arthur says:

      April 2, 2015 at 9:39 AM

      You must be delusional. Nixon did much less? Are you crazy?I delete MY emails too.,you dummy Can’t you see through this as another bogus ,fraud scandal? Do you suffer from BUSH AMNESIA.Starting illegal wars for oil profits, illegal torture,9/11.Ruining our economy.The Wall Street mess? BAILOUTS from the taxpayers? This is just a made up ,bogus ,fraud scandal? by the republicans. Everything is a scandal except the REAL scandals involving republicans .When it comes to the real republican scandals SILENCE Wake up and get educated This e mail bullshit is just another Benghazi BOGUS .meant for idiots like you.

    • john holmes says:

      April 6, 2015 at 10:09 PM

      It is not illegal to erase your private server especially when that server is also the property of a former president. Its worth noting that since president clinton also used it the contents could be deemed top secret and not veiwable by lowly house members.

  • josekhanyoshi says:

    March 29, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    Even though Hillary Clinton erased all content on her server I still say obtain server immediately and retrieve all message traffic. This lady, and I use the word loosely, knows she’s guilty as hell as well is everyone on her entire staff including her legal counsel for partaking in the destruction of vital files, records and communications as well as using a private server to conduct classified business. This illegal action should result in not only Hillary Clinton going to prison for life but her entire staff too.

    You also need to obtain the private servers of ever individual she had communications with and put the complete string of communications together to see the entire story and prosecute them too.

    They are all guilty of security violations which most likely lead to the deaths of many hundreds if not thousands of people all of which they are personally accountable for.

    Have a look at US Code, Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 101, and Section 2071. It’s a Federal law governing such things.

    18 U.S. Code 2071 – Concealment removal or mutilation generally LII Legal Information Institute 18 U.S. Code § 2071 – Concealment, removal, or mutilation generally

    (a) Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

    (b) Whoever, having the custody of any such record, proceeding, map, book, document, paper, or other thing, willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States. Note that this applies to “any record” held by a public official, not just the ones the person decides it’s OK for us to see.

    By deleting the emails she had decided we wouldn’t be allowed to see, Hillary violated this law.

    In other words, with her legal representative stating that she destroyed the records she possessed and had decided not to allow us to see, she is now disqualified from holding any office. Including President. Barred by Federal law.

    From her lawyer’s mouth.

    The big question: Will she obey this law???

  • Sandman says:

    March 29, 2015 at 9:37 AM

    Amazing, the entire Clinton clan maintain a common ethical standard, Hillary’s work ethics are on the same level as Bill’s, being transparent with classified government information for Hillary is equal to Bill’s opinion that an on the job BJ is not sex. She wants to be the next president?

  • Timothy Winkelkotter says:

    March 29, 2015 at 9:48 AM

    “Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.” Charles Krauthammer

  • Charles Smith says:

    March 29, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Kendall said in his letter that Clinton’s personal attorneys reviewed every email sent and received from her private email address — 62,320 emails in total — and identified all work-related emails.

    My question is- is this even legal to have her lawyers look it top-secret emails? I do not think they have security clearance for this.

  • mariposa says:

    March 29, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    send her to jail now……………

  • Charles Homan says:

    March 29, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    i wish she could be deleted, along with the Muslim occupying the White House!

    • mary vannucci says:

      March 31, 2015 at 12:57 AM

      I see that you have interjected a benign and false anallorgy . The comparison of Nixon’s impeachment and Mrs. Clinton’s holding of “private” emails is a bogus ……lost magic slipper to a Cinderalla Fairytail. . Rhetorically speaking I think among most Americans that you are wasting good time put to wasted time..

      Now I realize that if you do not publish under false pretences you yourselves are of a singular mind set and you do not accept disentsion . of any kind…….you are too blind sighted…..

      • pm says:

        April 4, 2015 at 10:30 AM

        Anallorgy? I almost spit out my coffee. I think you mean allegory. Although the Clintons have been screwing American citizens for years now. So maybe that it what you did mean…LOL…Anal…Orgy…Oh my Lord! Best thing I’ve read all day!

      • Edward Davis says:

        April 6, 2015 at 12:24 AM

        So utterly typical of the “low information voter” that support the democrats huh? What a complete moron….dumber-n-a-box-a-rocks!

  • maggie says:

    March 29, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Gowdy should have been more demanding in the beginning and set a strict deadline earlier for Clinton to turning over her server, they have only given her more time to scheme on how to get rid of all the evidence and by her ignoring their request, or refusing to co-operate, however you want to word it, would give them the opportunity to compel her through the courts to produce those documents.

  • nancyincali says:

    March 30, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Hillary Clinton followed the law or requirement of every federal employee and past State Department officials (including Condi Rice and Colin Powell). The requirement is left to the employee to determine what is work-related and what is personal, the fact that she turned over 55,000 emails (Condi and Colin turned over ZERO) is beyond the scope of any other S.O.S. She did nothing wrong and Tray Gaudy is doing this for sheer political gains and everyone knows it (why else would Hillary’s poll numbers go UP after the email “scandal”). If he really cared about “wrongdoing” then he would take his millions of taxpayer dollars and spend it on investigating the criminal wrongdoings of Bush and Cheney and the 22 million deleted emails that George W had.

    • athrillofhope says:

      April 6, 2015 at 11:28 AM

      Once she was subpoenaed, however, the rules change. She did NOT comply with the legal constraints of the investigation. Like the Holder DOJ and from a page from the DNC playbook of political corruption, Hillary Clinton lied under oath multiple times in this and past investigations, and destroyed what is now EVIDENCE.

      When the others deleted their emails, were they then classified as legal evidence in an investigation? Perhaps, but perhaps not–I have not researched it.

      However, do we allow a murderer go free simply because a previous murderer was set free, too? The only thing you liberals demonstrate is your disregard for Rule Of Law, integrity, ethic and morality. Should we all be allowed to stop paying our taxes simply because many in the Obama Administration have illegally not paid THEIR taxes FOR YEARS? Using your logic, yes we should.

  • david mulloy says:

    March 30, 2015 at 12:38 AM

    I have heard for years, that even when a computer is “Wiped”, Data is still “Trapped” within the harddrive unless the harddrive is completely destroyed!! The IRS knew that…. thats why “Lois Lerner’s harddrives” were destroyed!!
    Hillary Clinton should be arrested for contempt, pending trial, and all of her property and assets seized or “Frozen”!!
    Her “Private server” should be seized and dismantled for forensic analysis!!
    If she were not a former government official, these measures would have already been taken. Either way, she has willingly, and with malice of forthought, “Refused” to comply with a federal subpeona!!
    She should be subject to the same measures that you or I would be subject to, in a similar situation.
    Beyond that she should be arrested for wearing that dress in public….. In that frock, she strongly resembles, in shape, color and texture, the couch my mother bought in 1965!! The couch was horrid back then, and Hillary is horrid today!!
    The “Fashion Police” should arrest and incarcerate her on that evidence alone.

  • Az native says:

    March 30, 2015 at 2:43 AM

    Why would anybody give this traitor the time of day. The way she dismissed the Benghazi deaths like nothing makes me sick. I would have much rather seen her drug through the streets like a rag instead of The ambassador. Hillary is a traitor of the worst kind.

    The last thing this nation needs is Hillary Clinton as president. I’d be happy to never hear her name ever again. I’m sick of these people in Washington. They don’t own this country.

    Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted with her ties to the Muslim brotherhood. She has been bought and paid for by radical Islamic nations. Get real Americans. I wouldn’t give this traitor access to walk my dogs.

    Aren’t we sick and tired of the Clinton’s they are not royalty. They are like pigs at the trough. Theft of treasuries from our White House. Funds from terrorists radical foreign nations who mistreat women. Member of the MB even before 9/11. The attempt to takeover Egypt. I wish someone would tell her to go to hell. We are sick of this poor excuse for an American. She lies as much as Obama. I’m sick of her big fat ugly lying mouth. Amazing this family has no shame.



    The Clinton’s legacy:

    They truly are the worst of america. They are like pigs at the trough of anybody who will give them money. No American in their right mind would want this couple in our White House again. Why?
    1) the deaths surroundings the Clinton’s even before Benghazi.
    2)money from radical Islamic countries even before 9/11
    3) her ties to the Muslim brotherhood even before 9/11
    4)attempt to overthrow Egypt
    5)theft of White House treasures
    6) Bill’s blatant adultery and lies to we the people and how about orgy island and pedophilia.

    The list goes on and on. This nation should not be accepting funds from any other nation period for any reason period.

    There is a major ethical and coverup problem with this family. Not to mention that it doesn’t matter that Americans died in her watch. Hillary Clinton is a bad American with a dark heart.

    If I were this family I’d be ashamed to go out in public ever again. They have no morals, no values, nothing worth respecting.

  • Dave says:

    April 5, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Sorry to break the bubble but Nixon was not impeached. After being approached by senior members of the Republican Party, he resigned.

    It doesn’t change the fact that Hillary is a phony.

  • nancyincali says:

    April 5, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    GO HILLARY. I’M READY FOR YOU TO BE PRESIDENT. The republicans are hypocrites. Why won’t Tray Gaudy release HIS email? Why won’t he release hillary’s email so we can read it? Why won’t he hold an OPEN hearing for America to watch? What’s he hiding? Why won’t he prosecute colin powell for wiping and deleting all of his emails? why not prosecute W Bush for deleting 22million emails? I’ll tell you why BECAUSE REPUBLICANS ARE HYPOCRITES THAT HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER AMERICA BUT HATE.

    • athrillofhope says:

      April 6, 2015 at 11:23 AM

      Great. Four innocent Americans were murdered during Benghazi and Hillary Clinton understood that what was transpiring was a TERRORIST act and continued to do NOTHING to help these American’s as they repeatedly requested help for HOURS before their murders. Then she, along with the rest of the Obama Administration, peddled the lie that they had no idea what was going on. We know this is all a LIE and a cover-up. They all knew what was going on BEFORE these Americans were murdered and they could have helped but they deliberately withheld that life-saving assistance.

      So you are ready to put someone like this in the White House? And the only “qualifications” you cite as to why you support is because Colin Powell et al … deleted emails over incidents that did NOT involve murder and terrorism? So basically you affirm that Hillary has no leadership experience, no experience of note that makes he especially qualified to lead our nation. To you, it’s all a political game–truth, integrity, morality, honesty, and conscience are victims in this power-lust conquest.

  • athrillofhope says:

    April 6, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    This is clear: Hillary Clinton–apart from her “husband” Bill–makes Watergate look like a child’s playground skirmish.

    Benghazi ALONE involves the murders of four innocent Americans attempting to protect our interests. Watergate, on the other hand, was simple the DNC interested only in protecting THEIR interests over a minor “office break-in”. Many people were sent to jail over Watergate’s cover-up. And after Hillary’s White-Water Gate of the 1990s, Benghazi, and a slew of other cover-ups almost too numerous to list, she is still waking FREE–let alone being considered a serious contender for the Democratic Presidential Nominee.

    And apart from Hillary’s criminal cover-ups, what truly qualifies her to run for office? Compared to Obama, her resume looks impressive, but anyone’s resume looks impressive next to NOTHING. The media will play the same game for Hillary as it did for Obama: shut down debate and comparisons, allow a level-playing field, and grease the pathway to the White House for “their candidate”.

    The only difference between what is going on with the DNC’s stranglehold on our otherwise representative form of government and a full-blown dictatorship is that “the coupe” has not yet occurred.