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Heritage's Dale: Deadline for Hillary Emails 'Eminently Reasonable'

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 06:20 PM

A deadline looms for Hillary Clinton to hand over the private email server she used at home while secretary of state — a congressional demand that, considering her "penchant for secrecy," is "eminently reasonable," according to Heritage Foundation's Helle Dale.

Benghazi Select Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., has given Clinton until Friday to turn over the server she used in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home during her time at State.

And though the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate has said she's already handed over copies of all her work-related emails — and the State Department insists all the relevant data has been turned over to Gowdy's committee — lawmakers argue they need to see all of Clinton's emails, including those she didn't give to State, to be sure of this.

"In light of Clinton’s penchant for secrecy, this seems an eminently reasonable request," Dale writes in The Daily Signal Wednesday.

Dale notes the roughly 300 emails turned over so far to the House Select Committee on Benghazi prove Clinton's main concern was shielding the State Department and her own reputation in the wake of the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. outpost in Benghazi.

"Did we survive?" Clinton asked an unidentified State Department official after a grilling by a congressional panel a month after the Sept. 11, 2012, terror strike in Libya, according to one of roughly 300 emails released to the Committee, The New York Times has reported.

"Survive, yes," the official replied.

"Clinton’s concern over State’s image fits with what has been revealed about the efforts to protect Clinton and the State Department by Clinton’s spokeswoman at the time, Victoria Nuland," Dale writes.

Dale previously reported in 2013 that Nuland told the National Security Council staff her "building leadership" took issue with CIA talking points about the siege — including a paragraph on the risks to U.S. diplomats of terrorist activity in Benghazi.

"The offending paragraph was duly removed," Dale reports.

As for the unidentified official who was quizzed in the wake of the Benghazi attack, Dale notes on Oct. 10, 2012, Under Secretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy testified before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee about security at the compound.

The Clinton emails also cover the performance of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice in a series of appearances on Sunday talk shows after the attack, when she declared it grew spontaneously out of a demonstration over an anti-Islamic YouTube video.

When Rice came under fire for the assertion, Clinton emailed an aide to ask her to review Clinton's own statements on Benghazi to make sure she hadn't exposed herself, Hale writes.

Clinton was told she had not.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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