Imagine if the White House tapes during the Nixon presidency had been missing not 18 minutes but five months. The president would have had a lot of ‘splaining to do.
That’s exactly the bind presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton now finds herself in. According to documents newly obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch, five months worth of messages are missing from the emails the former secretary of state returned to the government.
There are several gaps in the emails covering different spans of time, some more than two months. The longest gap is from Jan. 21, 2009 to April 12, 2009.
The discovery of the missing emails shows that Clinton committed perjury when she swore to a federal court Aug. 10 under the penalty of perjury avowing that she had submitted all of the required emails.
Also, Department of State rules show that presidential appointees departing the department may not take federal records with them as they leave, according to Fitton.
Clinton claimed the emails she didn’t turn over were of a personal matter.
“It’s malarky that the emails Clinton withheld were of a personal nature,” Fitton said. He said her personal emails were “intertwined and indistinguishable” from work-related emails and federal records.
“I suspect that federal courts will want more information about these documents,” Fitton said. “We’ll be getting more info on these requests, so who knows what else is in there.”
The documents also revealed that Clinton aide Cheryl Mills used a personal email account called “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Documents also show that one key State Department official did not want a record about issues.
“Fyi. I’d prefer to discuss, rather than email. Thx,” State Department Freedom of Information Act officer Peggy Garfield wrote in an Oct. 20, 2014 email to other officials. Further details were redacted from the record.
Thirty-two documents were produced as a result of a lawsuit Judicial Watch filed after the State Department declined to respond to two FOIA requests.
Spokesman Alex Gerlach said in response to this post that the State Department is “not aware of any gaps in the Clinton email set, with the exception of the first few months of her tenure when Secretary Clinton used a different email account that she advised she no longer has access to.
“There is no ‘gap’ in Secretary Clinton’s sent messages from the December 2012 through the end of January 2013. Upon review, the department has many messages sent by Secretary Clinton during that period, including messages that appear to have been produced directly from her ‘sent’ mailbox. Future document releases will include emails from this time period. Also, that she didn’t use this email in early 2009 has been previously.
This report, by Ethan Barton, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.