By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) addressed revelations that former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used a secret personal email account for official business as President Obama’s Secretary of State.
Congresswoman Roby said, “Today, I joined Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and my other colleagues on the Benghazi Select Committee to address breaking revelations that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton exclusively used secret, personal email accounts to conduct official business, including those related to foreign policy and national security. The problem here, of course, is that Clinton appears to have flouted federal requirements stating that official correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.”
Rep. Roby wrote, “It’s pretty amazing they either thought this was okay or that they would get away with it. Just think, the State Department is relying on Clinton herself, her attorneys and private advisers to tell us and the American people which emails need to be preserved and examined. There will be more to this. But, I’m as grateful as ever to have such a deliberate and determined former prosecutor leading our committee, along with immensely talented and patriotic fellow members”
Rep. Roby wrote, “Remember when the Administration told us every question about Benghazi had been answered? Well, this revelation proves that the Administration and State Department may still be obscuring information that pertains to the attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. This troublesome finding only raises more questions about the Administration’s track record of obscuring information. We’ll continue to ask the tough questions and seek answers from a less-than-willing Administration.”
Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) told reporters on Tuesday that lawyers for the Benghazi Committee would be issuing new requests for the emails.
Chairman Gowdy said, “It was not as if she had both an official and a private email account. She did not use personal email in addition to government email. She used personal email in lieu of government email. And she had more than one private email account…The State Department cannot certify that have produced all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails because they do not have all of former Secretary Clinton’s emails nor do they control access to them.”
Rep. Gowdy said, “You do not need a law degree to have an understanding of how troubling this is. There are chain of custody issues, there are preservation of material and documents issues [and] there spoliation of evidence issues,” Gowdy said. “One should also be concerned about the national security implications of former Secretary Clinton of using exclusively personal email accounts for the conducting of official U.S. foreign policy.”
Fox News is reporting that Secretary of State Clinton set up her own private email server in her home in New York, which she used for her personal use.
Hillary Clinton appears to be the presumptive Democratic nominee for President in 2016. Of course, then Senator Clinton (D from New York) was the favorite to win the nomination in 2008 too but was upset by then Sen. Barack H. Obama (D-Illinois). Obama went on to defeat the Republican Nominee, Sen. John McCain of Arizona to become the nation’s first Black President.
Congresswoman Roby has been investigating the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya where four Americans were killed including our ambassador Christopher Stevens on both this committee and a previous subcommittee which she chaired.
Congresswoman Martha Roby represents the Second Congressional District.