Undisclosed Hillary emails to Petraeus

Ace of SpadesThe Obama administration has discovered a chain of emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton failed to turn over when she provided what she said was the full record of work-related correspondence as secretary of state, officials said Friday, adding to the growing questions related to the Democratic presidential front-runner's unusual usage of a private email account and server while in government.

The messages were exchanged with retired Gen. David Petraeus when he headed the military's U.S. Central Command, responsible for running the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They began before Clinton entered office and continued into her first days at the State Department. They largely pertained to personnel matters and don't appear to deal with highly classified material, officials said, but their existence challenges Clinton's claim that she has handed over the entirety of her work emails from the account.

There are two important takeaways from this news.

First, it is now proven that Hillary did not turn over everything work-related as she claimed she had done. That's significant as a general indicator, but it's not in itself damaging. The damage will come from whatever specific emails were not turned over, if and when they are recovered.

Second, though, it gives us an idea what kind of emails Hillary declined to turn over. Remember, a lot of this is driven by Benghazi. Hillary had sudden medical problems that prevented her from testifying -- about Benghazi. Petraeus was prevented from testifying about Benghazi by his removal on charges of mishandling classified information. Hillary's emails were requested for the Benghazi investigation. And now communications with Petraeus are missing, which suggests that someone did a search for Petraeus in Hillary's email database and removed those emails from what was turned over.

We likely won't find out why from this set of emails. But there will be more.

This entry was published Thu Oct 22 09:28:19 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-10-22 09:28:19.0. [Tweet]

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