Newly released emails show Clinton was clueless about records handling

WASHINGTON — Two months after being sworn in as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton admitted she had no clue how her email records were being handled, according to emails released Monday from her private server that Clinton had failed to hand over to the government.

In a March 22, 2009 email exchange, Clinton told top aide Huma Abedin that there was no system in place to handle her personal and professional records.

“I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State. Who manages both my personal and official files?,” Clinton wrote to Abedin and another aide, Lauren Jiloty, from her personal email account.

Clinton said she had been sending material the way she did in the Senate, but now “I don’t know what’s happening w it all.” asking whether personal files and official ones have been set up.

“What happens then is a mystery to me!”

Abedin responded: “We’ve discussed this. I can explain it to you when I see u today.”

The exchange is part of 165 pages of emailsreleased Monday by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group that has sued the State Department to gain access to Abedin’s emails. The email is one of 34 new ones between Clinton and Abedin that were not produced when she turned over some 55,000 emails to the State Department.

Abedin has produced separate emails to the State Department, which were then turned over to Judicial Watch in its ongoing public records lawsuit.

“While this email exchange was not part of the approximately 55,000 pages provided to the State Department by Former Secretary Clinton, the exchange was included within the set of documents Ms. Abedin provided the Department in response to our March 2015 request,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner told The Post.

The concern over how her records were maintained runs counter to Clinton’s public statements that she believed her “work emails were immediately captured and preserved” because she emailed colleagues on their government accounts.

Clinton’s campaign did not immediately responded to requests for comment. Clinton advised the State Department she handed over all her federal emails in her possession, which the department then published in a series of document dumps.

The independent State Department Inspector General found in May that Clinton failed to comply with agency record-keeping rules by relying on a home-based email server while Secretary of State. The report found Clinton ignored guidelines, never sought approval to conduct government business on a private e-mail server, and if she had she would have been denied because of clear security risks.

Clinton has apologized for the mistake. The FBI is still investigating whether classified material was mishandled on her private server.

In Chicago Monday afternoon, a more contrite Clinton lamented that voters don’t think she’s honest or trustworthy.

“And it certainly is true I’ve made mistakes,” Clinton told the International Women’s Luncheon. “I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. So I understand people having questions.”

“Now maybe we can persuade people to change their minds by marshaling facts and making arguments to rebut negative attacks. But that doesn’t work for everyone. You can’t just talk someone into trusting you, you’ve got to earn it.”


Newly released emails show Clinton was clueless about records handling