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Reports: Paper Files Make Review of Hillary Emails 'Far Harder'

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By    |   Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 10:54 AM

Former Secretary of State and presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton did not turn over electronic emails to the State Department researchers — she buried them in paper, according to reports.

Clinton has announced that she handed over 55,000 pages of emails in December from her private email account, the only one she used during her tenure as secretary of state.

However, Mediaite notes, Clinton did not turn over electronic records, but actual paper pages, in dozens of boxes — 110 reams of paper that the State Department and other agencies must physically review before any of the information becomes publicly available through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), a massive and expensive task that could take months.

Clinton plans to address her use of private email after her scheduled remarks at the United Nations on Tuesday, according to media reports. CBS News, MSNBC and CNN, citing sources, said Clinton would hold a news conference after her speech in New York, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. EDT.

Clinton posted on her Twitter account: "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."

Yet by providing paper files, not electronic emails, The Wall Street Journal notes, Clinton has slowed the process considerably.

"There is an obvious advantage. Printed files are less informative and far harder to search than the electronic originals. At best, that would mean long delays in FOIA compliance.

"Likewise, printouts are not subject to electronic discovery in the event of investigation or lawsuit. And printouts do not include electronic 'metadata,' which can provide crucial forensic evidence.

"Just what was Mrs. Clinton trying to hide?"

There is also significant doubt about whether Clinton chose which emails to release.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who has subpoenaed the remainder of Clinton's emails, said there were "huge gaps" in the emails provided, the New York Post noted.

"We don't have all of them," Gowdy said.

For example, there are no emails from Clinton's Oct. 18, 2011, trip to Libya, even though Clinton was photographed checking her BlackBerry, the Post reports.

"It strains credibility to believe that if you're on your way to Libya to discuss Libyan policy, that there's not a single document that's been turned over to Congress," Gowdy said.

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