Campaigning in Iowa, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register today and addressed several questions about her private email server, which was the subject of a Washington Post story earlier in the day.
The Washington Post had reported Clinton as saying that her decision to turn over thousands of pages of emails was nothing more than a response to “a routine-sounding records request.” She’s also claimed that the FBI’s involvement has had nothing to do with a criminal investigation, but is instead part of security review.
However, State Department officials have countered that the request for Clinton’s emails had everything to do with the discovery that she had used a private email system while secretary of state. The Post reports:
“In the process of responding to congressional document requests pertaining to Benghazi, State Department officials recognized that it had access to relatively few email records from former Secretary Clinton,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement e-mailed to The Washington Post. “State Department officials contacted her representatives during the summer of 2014 to learn more about her email use and the status of emails in that account.”
After Clinton’s meeting with the Register editorial board, Bloomberg released its own scoop: According to a source, the FBI has been able to retrieve personal and work-related emails from Clinton’s private server.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s success at salvaging personal e-mails that Clinton said had been deleted raises the possibility that the Democratic presidential candidate’s correspondence eventually could become public. The disclosure of such e-mails would likely fan the controversy over Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system for official business.
No worries, though. As president, Clinton won’t be using a private email server again.