The State Department confirmed to the Associated Press Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a key email that appears to show she set up a private server to avoid her email “being accessible.”
In a November, 2010 email to aide Huma Abedin, Clinton and Abedin struggled to deal with Clinton’s private emails being blocked by the State Department spam filters. “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible,” Clinton told Abedin, according to the State Department inspector general’s scathing report.
The email raised many eyebrows when it became public in May, but was not among the work-related emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department at the end of her term, as required by law. Instead, investigators found the email in the batch turned over by Abedin. AP notes that the email “appears clearly work-related under the State Department’s own criteria for agency records under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act.”
The discovery pokes at least one hole in the frequent claim by Clinton– now the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee– that she turned over all her work-related emails. When asked for comment by AP, however, campaign spokesman Brian Fallon insisted that Clinton turned over “all potentially work-related emails.”
“Secretary Clinton had some emails with Huma that Huma did not have, and Huma had some emails with Secretary Clinton that Secretary Clinton did not have,” he explained.
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