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Fox News: State Department Turning Over New Hillary Clinton Benghazi Emails

• September 25, 2015 3:39 pm

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The State Department is in the process of turning over more Hillary Clinton emails related to the Benghazi terrorist attack that had not been previously disclosed, Fox News reported Friday.

Reporter Ed Henry said a "second search" of Clinton's official emails from her private server had uncovered more emails related to Libya and Benghazi, and the emails will be turned over to the Benghazi Select Committee headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.).

Gowdy issued a subpoena in March to Clinton after learning she had a private server while secretary of state, the Washington Times reported:

The six-page subpoena was issued directly to Mrs. Clinton and served to her attorney on March 4, 2015. It demanded all email sent to and from the private account she used as secretary of state between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2012, and included detailed instructions for how the email files should be indexed and delivered to the committee.

The committee issued the subpoena after lawmakers learned that Mrs. Clinton used a private email account, keeping her correspondence out of the custody of the State Department and shielding it from congressional investigators, according to the committee.

"Obviously, when you have a subpoena and you're supposed to turn over official documents, if they're not turned over, that could lead to all kinds of legal and political trouble," Henry said.

The Daily Beast reports:

"Following our second review of former Secretary Clinton’s emails… the Department is producing a small number of emails relating to Benghazi," the official said. The official could not say precisely how many Benghazi-related Clinton emails the State Department missed in its original review, but characterized it as a "handful."

The original review through 55,000 pages of Hillary Clinton emails involved hard copies of the emails, which had to be hand-sorted on desks in the State Department. These documents have since been digitized, and in recent weeks the State Department did a second, electronic review of the emails in its possession—and found a number of Benghazi-related emails that it did not previously produce.

The State Department informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi on Friday that it would deliver to them approximately 925 new Hillary Clinton emails relating to Benghazi and Libya, among them a small number of Benghazi-related emails that it had missed.

These 925 new emails fall into three broad categories:

1. Benghazi-related emails that the State Department missed in its original review;

2. Hillary Clinton emails related to Libya which the State Department assessed not to be directly related to Benghazi. This makes up the vast majority of the 925 emails being released;

3. Benghazi-related emails that the State Department had previously assessed (PDF) to be of a "personal nature and unrelated to the former Secretary’s official capacity."

Published under: Benghazi, Hillary Clinton, Trey Gowdy