The State Department admitted Thursday presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton failed to include a crucial email when ordered to hand over documentation defined as federal record State.
The existence of the email in question, part of an exchange between Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin, was disclosed during the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General probe into the email practices of Clinton and her predecessors at State.
In August 2015, Clinton submitted a sworn affidavit declaring under penalty of perjury she had handed over all documents to State in December 2014.
The email at issue exposes Clinton’s concern over public access to her emails and hesitance at the thought of being placed in the State Department’s email system.
During the exchange, Abedin apparently suggests Clinton acquire a State email account, to which Clinton replied:
“Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”
State Department spokesperson John Kirby explained the emergence of the email “was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by former Secretary Clinton.” Kirby added it was part of a mass of emails turned over by Abedin in 2015.
A Clinton campaign spokesperson denied Mrs. Clinton was trying to skirt any record-keeping rules.
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