There were at least 29 emails between Hillary Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin that contained classified information, according to newly released State Department documents.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, filed a Freedom of Information Act request to get more documents. And boy, did they — 894 pages.
The documents include “previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was sent additional classified information through her unsecure clintonmail.com email account by top aide Huma Abedin. The Abedin emails also include repeated instances of Clinton’s detailed daily schedules being sent to top Clinton Foundation officials at unsecured email addresses,” Judicial Watch said.
The emails cover a period between Jan.1, 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013, all using a non-“state.gov” email address.They also included more than 300 emails that the former Secretary of State never turned over to the State Department.
In a December 21, 2009, email, Clinton top national security and foreign policy staffer Jake Sullivan forwarded an email to Clinton’s unsecured email account containing classified information heavily redacted under FOIA exemption B1.4(D)–”Information specifically authorized by an executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy … Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.” Clinton then forwarded the email, concerning the climate change accord, from her unsecured email account to Abedin’s unsecured email account with the message, “Pls print.”
And, on December 24, 2009, Clinton sent an unsecured email from HDR22@clintonmail.com to then-Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. The classified email, asking Carson to “Pls review the memcon of my call w [French] FM Kouchener [Redacted].” Information in this message was blacked out using FOIA exemptions B1.4(B)–”Foreign government information” and (D).
During her time as Secretary of State, Clinton used a secret — and unsecured — email server located in the basement of her New York home. Well after she left office, she finally turned over 55,000 pages of emails — but destroyed some 30,000 more. Because she also had the server “wiped,” those emails are lost forever.
“These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, ‘as far as she knew,’ all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department,” Judicial Watch said in a statement.
“These new emails show Hillary Clinton is a serial violator of various laws concerning the handling of classified material,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.