Hillary Clinton’s latest hurdle ‘Emails Subpoena’
5 March 2015, Nirapad News: Republicans issued subpoenas demanding Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state on Wednesday. The latest glancing blow to a leading 2016 contender likely to enter the presidential ring.
Alarm bells sounded earlier this week when it was learned that Clinton exclusively used a private account for her work emails while serving as President Barack Obama’s top diplomat. Many Democratic lawmakers declined to comment about what some critics have already begun to call “emailgate.”
Her actions have opened a potential legal quagmire, with accusations that she violated federal record-keeping rules. But it also raised questions about what might have motivated Clinton to not use a federal government email account making her correspondence part of the public record, and prompted critics to argue the presumptive Democratic White House front runner was seeking to evade scrutiny.
The special House committee set up to investigate the deadly terror attacks on the US mission in Benghazi issued subpoenas “for all communications of former secretary of state Hillary Clinton related to Libya,” committee spokesman Jamal Ware said in a statement.
The committee also sent “preservation letters” to Internet firms demanding they protect all relevant documents. “We’re going to get them,” committee chairman Trey Gowdy told press of the emails. “We have to go to the source, which would be secretary Clinton herself.”
Clinton had no federal government email address during her four years at State, and aides did not seek to preserve her emails on department servers at the time, according to the press, which first reported the story.
The emerging scandal puts Clinton in an awkward bind, with Republicans rushing to denounce the actions and Democrats hesitant about how to defend the woman seen as their party’s leading White House hope.