Clinton Witheld Email from Investigation That Speaks Volumes About Her National Security Concerns

The State Department confirmed this week that presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton failed to turn over to the department an email containing information about the problems she was having with her private email server.

Dated November 13th, 2010, the email in question reportedly suggests that emails sent from Clinton’s Blackberry that were routed through the private server stored in her Chappaqua, New York, home were being blocked by the State Department’s spam filters.

The email was part of a conversation between Clinton and longtime aide Huma Abedin, who was responsible for turning it over as part of her own court-mandated email disclosure to State.

Abedin wrote:

“We should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.”

To which Clinton responded:

“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”

A government email account, SSHRC@state.gov, was then set up for Clinton to use, however, records show it was not used during the remainder of Clinton’s term at State.

The email was discovered as part of a court-ordered email dump by Abedin, who also had a private email account on Clinton’s personal server.

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Its disclosure further adds to the debate over whether the former Secretary of State was completely forthcoming in turning over everything that was transmitted on her private email server, an issue that’s become a key part of both her presidential campaign and the criminal investigation into her email use at State.

It was also one of the emails publicly cited in the State Department Inspector General’s report last month, which faulted Clinton and her staff for ignoring department guidance on her email setup.

In responding to the discovery of the email, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told The Associated Press that “all potentially work-related emails” still in his boss’s possession at the time of State’s 2014 request had been turned over, but that:

“Secretary Clinton had some emails with Huma that Huma did not have, and Huma had some emails with Secretary Clinton that Secretary Clinton did not have.”

He didn’t elaborate further on whether the former Secretary of State deleted any work-related emails before they were reviewed by her legal team, which has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Clinton also certified under oath last year that all relevant emails were turned over to State, per federal law.

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