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Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all emails on the private server that she used during her term as secretary of state, Trey Gowdy, who subpoenaed the emails, said in an interview with CNN on Friday night.
The Republican lawmaker and chairman of the House committee that is investigating the Benghazi U.S. Consolate attacks said Clinton’s lawyer informed him of the news, CNN reported.
“Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server,” Gowdy said in a statement.
Gowdy asked that Clinton give her server to the State Department inspector general for review, but David Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer, opposed.
Kendall wrote in a letter to Gowdy that Clinton “chose not to keep her non-record personal emails.”
He further wrote: “Thus, there are no … e-mails from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized.”
Clinton “has maintained and preserved copies” of emails related to work that she turned over to the State Department in 2014, but Kendall did state whether they were in paper or digital format.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said the following in an email: “Representatives of Secretary Clinton’s office have been in touch with the committee and the State Department to make clear that she would like her emails made public as soon as possible and that she’s ready and willing to come and appear herself for a hearing open to the American public.”
Gowdy is uncertain when Clinton cleared the server, but it appears to have been after October 2014 when the State Department requested she turn over her official emails.
Clinton came under fire for using her personal email for work-related business during her term as secretary of state instead of a government email account.
“The manner in which Secretary Clinton assisted the State Department in fulfilling its responsibilities under the act is consistent with the obligations of every federal employee,” Kendall further wrote.
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