Senior White House officials, including President Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff, knew that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was using a private email address for her office-related correspondences, as disclosed from nearly 3,000 pages of Clinton’s correspondence released late Tuesday evening by the State Department.
According to one email on Sep 5, 2009, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel asked for Clinton’s email address. But three months earlier, David Axelrod, Mr. Obama’s top strategist, requested for the email addresses of Clinton’s top aides.
What the emails did not make clear, however, is whether the officials knew that Clinton’s email server was run from her residence in Chappaqua, New York, something that violates an administration policy on top of exposing the correspondences to potential security risk.
The set of emails, covering March to December 2009, was released in response to a Court’s order that the State Department should make available to the public every 30 days Clinton’s private correspondence in her capacity as the state secretary.
Clinton desired to have her emails released to the public as soon as possible. State Department’s scheduled release of Clinton’s private correspondences is seen to complicate Clinton’s efforts in resolving the issue. The State Department aims to reveal a total of 55,000 pages of Clinton’s correspondences by Jan. 29, 2016 — three days before the Iowa caucus.
The Select Committee led by Republican Representative Trey Jowdy is scrutinizing Clinton’s emails and may further raise an issue throughout the Presidential campaign. As of Tuesday, the State Department released more than 3,600 pages of documents, including correspondences to Select Committee.
Clinton released a video on Wednesday arguing that previous investigations into 2012 Benghazi attack dismissed conspiracy allegations and emphasizing that the committee is only trashing Clinton politically.
Clinton’s email controversy began when she left her post as the secretary of state, igniting suspicions that she could be the next potential President and a tough contender at that. Earlier investigation by Select Committee revealed Clinton did not fully turn over her emails to the State Department when some new documents were recovered from Sidney Blumenthal. Jowdy demanded information on who gave the order to withhold Clinton’s emails related to his investigation.