State Dept. refutes claim Hillary made during congressional testimony

State Dept. refutes claim Hillary made during congressional testimony

Sometime around hour 11 of Thursday’s marathon Benghazi hearing, Hillary Clinton told Trey Gowdy that her emails were always available. “You know, the State Department had between 90 and 95 percent of all the ones that were work-related. They were already on the system,” the former secretary of state said under oath.

And when Chairman Gowdy asked her about the claim she added, “We learned that from the State Department.”

Not so, said State Department spokesman Mark Toner at a press briefing:

Ninety to 95 percent is something that her campaign has been using…. I’m not aware that we have given that figure. I’m not in a position right now to confirm that.

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Back in March, Hillary’s people use that same figure, claiming the State Department pulled her emails from the recipients who had email address.

But according to Hillary’s attorney and chief of staff Cheryl Mills, State wasn’t set up to capture her emails that way. As reported by the Associated Press:

The State Department didn’t have any centralized mechanism for collecting emails or for finding Clinton emails in other employees’ government accounts. Clinton’s lawyer and former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, acknowledged that in her own testimony recently before the Benghazi committee.

Mills said she would have anticipated that all such emails would be saved in the State system. “I’ve come to learn that that is not, obviously, the case,” she said.

So the State Department had no idea where the numbers came from and Hillary’s own attorney said it wasn’t possible for Foggy Bottom to collect the emails. While the so-called “elite media” probably won’t report it, this is just one more lie that Hillary told during her testimony.

Cross-posted at The Lid

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz is editor and publisher of the The Lid, and a weekly political columnist for the Jewish Star and TruthRevolt. He has also contributed to, HotAir, and PJ Media’s Tattler.


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