In the critical two-month period during which Hillary was accused of mishandling the Benghazi attacks and participating in conflicts of interest between the State Department and her private Foundation, Clinton’s emails are conveniently nowhere to be found.
A reported two-month gap in emails from Hillary Clinton’s private account during 2012 coincides with a period of escalating violence in Libya and the obtaining of a special exemption by her top aide, Huma Abedin, to work for both the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
The Daily Beast reported late Tuesday that no emails between Clinton and her State Department staff for the months of May and June 2012 are among the estimated 2,000 messages that have been released from the Democratic presidential frontrunner’s account.
A State Department spokesman told The Daily Beast that only emails related to the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya or the consulate in Benghazi were turned over to the House select committee investigating the deadly Sept. 11, 2012 attack. If true, that means neither Clinton nor her staff communicated via e-mail during a period that saw three attacks on international outposts in Benghazi, including one on the consulate itself.
Not communicating via email about a critical threat to the lives of U.S. diplomats in Libya seems really unlikely. So, the only other possible scenario is that Hillary is trying to make the emails disappear. This is not going to do Hillary any favors with her reputation of being secretive and unrelatable on the campaign trail.
Even MSNBC liberal anchor Andrea Mitchell recently admitted that the media underestimated the impact that Hillary’s email scandal would have on her campaign. She conceded on the air:
“Nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries.”