Well what do you know …
According to the Associated Press, the White House has discovered a “chain of emails” from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private “homebrew” server that she failed to hand over when feds first asked for her entire “work-related” collection last year — the sum of which was about 30,000. The whole lot will be released by next January (after sensitive and classified information is removed).
Adding to the clamor surrounding this new batch of hidden emails is who Clinton was corresponding with. It’s a familiar name, and certainly no stranger to scandal and controversy: retired General David Petraeus.
The digital letters were sent when Petraeus was the head of the military’s U.S. Central Command and in charge of running the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. They were sent when Clinton first took over her cabinet role in 2009.
The chain dealt mostly with personal matters, didn’t contain classified information, but it challenges the strong stance from Clinton and her staff that she handed over everything that pertained to her work and the leaders of both the military and the government she was in touch with.
More from the AP:
Republicans have raised questions about thousands of emails that she has deleted on grounds that they were private in nature, as well as other messages that have surfaced independently of Clinton and the State Department. Speaking of her emails on CBS’ “Face the Nation” this week, Clinton said, “We provided all of them.” But the FBI and several congressional committees are investigating.
The State Department’s record of Clinton emails begins on March 18, 2009 — almost two months after she entered office. Before then, Clinton has said she used an old AT&T Blackberry email account, the contents of which she no longer can access.
The Petraeus emails, first discovered by the Defense Department and then passed to the State Department’s inspector general, challenge that claim. They start on Jan. 10, 2009, with Clinton using the older email account. But by Jan. 28 — a week after her swearing in — she switched to using the private email address on a homebrew server that she would rely on for the rest of her tenure. There are less than 10 emails back and forth in total, officials said, and the chain ends on Feb. 1.
The officials weren’t authorized to speak on the matter and demanded anonymity. But State Department spokesman John Kirby confirmed that the agency received the emails in the “last several days” and that they “were not previously in the possession of the department.”