I will be the first to admit that John Boehner has not always been the fighter I think the republican party needs, but it looks like he may finally be jumping into the ring on the issue of Hillary Clinton’s emails.
According to ABC News, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) is expected to announce an investigation later this week into former Secretary of State Hillary Clintonâ€˜s emails â€” namely, herÂ admission that she exclusively used a personal email for â€œconvenienceâ€ and deleted 31,000 emails that she declared were personal and not work-related.
Hillary claims that she has followed all of the rules,Â and turned over 55,000 pages of emails to the State Department in compliance with the Federal Records Act.
“We went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,” she said, adding that all other emails were personal and pertained to matters such as “yoga routines,” “family vacations,” and “planning Chelsea’s wedding.”
Here is a summary of how Clintonâ€™s attorneys, who were tasked with the job, said they sorted through her emails:
- First, a search was done of all emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account during the period she was secretary of state — from 2009 to 2013.
- Then, with the remaining emails, a search was done for names of 100 State Department and other U.S. government officials who Clinton may have had correspondence with during her tenure.
- Next, the emails were organized and reviewed by sender and recipient to â€œaccount for non-obvious or non-recognizable email addresses or misspellings or other idiosyncrasies.â€
- Lastly, of the emails still left over, a “number of terms” were searched, including â€œBenghaziâ€ and â€œLibya.â€
The results of the search were that Clintonâ€™s attorneys found 30,490 work-related emails and 31,830 emails that were deemed â€œprivate and personal.â€
Clinton said on Tuesday she deleted all of the personal emails because she felt she â€œhad no reason to save them.â€
In a press conference last week, Hillary gave a sketchy excuse as to why she used only a personal account in the first place.
â€œWhen I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just oneÂ device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,â€ Clinton said. â€œLooking back, it would have been better if iâ€™d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didnâ€™t seem like an issue.â€
Press Secretary Josh EarnestÂ said there is no evidence she deleted any work-related emails, and her supporters are calling this a witch hunt already. My question is, if the emails she deleted are so harmless, why not just give up the server and let us see them?
I mean, at this point, what difference does it make?Â