Team Hillary just got another unpleasant surprise from the e-mail scandal that has plagued Hillary Clinton for the past eighteen months. This time, it involved the original scandal that produced the e-mail scandal. The State Department admitted in court today that the FBI found 30 e-mails relating to Benghazi among the thousands of deleted e-mails recovered by investigators, the Associated Press reported within the past hour (via Gabriel Malor):
The State Department says about 30 emails involving the 2012 attack on U.S. compounds in Benghazi, Libya, are among the thousands of Hillary Clinton emails recovered during the FBI’s recently closed investigation into her use of a private server.
Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta Tuesday that an undetermined number of the emails among the 30 were not included in the 55,000 pages previously provided by Clinton to the State Department. The agency said it would need until the end of September to review the emails and redact potentially classified information before they are released.
And so the Benghazi circle is now nearly complete. Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal erupted as a direct result of the work of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. House Republicans formed the ad hoc panel in the belief that the former Secretary of State and the State Department had not told the entire story about the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. All along, Hillary and her team insisted that they had nothing responsive to investigators and those filing FOIA demands, and that the entire Benghazi probe consisted of rehashed questions already answered.
The new admission from State raises even more questions about the e-mail scandal. The claim from Hillary and her team that the lawyers checked all of her e-mail individually to determine whether they related to official business has long since been debunked. However, one would have expected Hillary and her team to specifically look for materials responsive to Congressional investigations in progress, especially on Benghazi and Libya, even if they were segregating other material by keyword search. Given that the State Department repeatedly argued in court that no such records existed until Hillary’s private e-mail system became public knowledge, the judicial branch may hold State and Hillary to those expectations.
How badly will this damage Hillary? Well, don’t get your hopes too high.
Like Jonah Goldberg just said on Fox, the one thing no one has found in any of Hillary’s emails is anything about yoga lessons.
This corrupt hag has cost the nation billions dollars in exposed classified information and investigations into just how corrupt she is.
Relating to Benghazi is a little vague, isn’t it? They don’t matter unless the content matters. They don’t “raise even more questions,” except maybe about why anyone pays Ed Morrissey for writing this sort of drivel.
@James D: It certainly raises the question of Hillary’s honesty and accuracy when claiming she did not get rid of anything work related. Her best defense is that she was slipshod, incompetent and “extremely careless” in her handling of her responsibilities. As long as she defends herself with lies and stonewalling, how can anyone any improvement as Presidemt?
Just what the Dems are looking for in a Presidential candidate, slipshod, incompetent and “extremely careless”
@Mully: And can’t keep track of $6 billion.
The State Dept has no intention of making any of these Benghazi emails public until it is way too late.
The plan is to hold them in private for ”at least a month.”
Power Line Blog:
Judge Mehta told the government, redacting 30 or fewer emails should be a simple task — one that does not require a month to accomplish. However, redacting them artfully enough to prevent damage to Hillary Clinton is a bit more complicated.