Hillary: Go Ahead, Show Them the Emails!

In a typical burst of Clintonian chutzpah, Hillary tweeted yesterday:

I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.

Of course, if she really wanted the public to see the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, all she had to do was follow the relevant laws and procedures, and use the State Department’s email accounts. Had she done that, emails requested by various committees presumably would have been produced long ago.

It is hard to think of any reason why Hillary would set up a private email server for herself and her top aides, other than a desire to keep at least some of the emails secret. Using her own server put responding to requests for emails under her control, rather than the State Department’s. At this stage, the Department can respond to Hillary’s call to release her emails only by making public the emails that Hillary gave the Department in the first place:

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response to Clinton’s tweet that the department will review for release the emails Clinton provided. Harf said it could take some time to review.

It isn’t clear why it will take much time, since Hillary says she didn’t send or receive any classified emails.

At least one reporter was enterprising enough to ask John Kerry whether the State Department ought to be seeking additional emails from Mrs. Clinton:

Speaking in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kerry was asked if the department should look at emails outside those already provided by Clinton. He said he thought the department had all the emails related to the State Department but said he would check.

In fact, the Department has whatever emails Hillary has decided to turn over–no more, and no fewer. If any of them were really embarrassing, they presumably were deleted long ago–the whole point of having your own private server for State Department business. This is what passes for transparency in Clinton World.

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