John Kirby (Credit: public domain)
On November 13, 2010, in response to an email by Clinton’s deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, Clinton wrote, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.” Clinton never did get a separate address or device, but the worry about the “personal being accessible” suggests her excuse that she didn’t have a government email account merely due to “convenience” does not tell the full story. Clinton’s comment was first reported in the May 25, 2016 State Department inspector general’s report, then the full email was released on June 22, 2016.
One day later, State Department spokesman John Kirby comments, “While this exchange was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton, the exchange was included within the set of documents Ms. Abedin provided the department in response to our March 2015 request.”
Clinton spokesperson Brian Fallon comments, “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.” However, he declines to say if Clinton deleted any work-related emails before they were all reviewed by three of her lawyers in late 2014. One of those lawyers, David Kendall, is contacted but also declines to comment.
The Associated Press notes that Clinton has claimed she turned over all her work-related emails in December 2014, and yet “her 2010 email with Abedin appears clearly work-related under the State Department’s own criteria…” (The Associated Press, 6/23/2016)