Speaker John Boehner demanded that Hillary Clinton turn over her private email server to a third party administrator today, but stopped short of directing House Republicans to subpoena the former Secretary of State’s personal records.
"The way forward is for the Secretary to turn over all of her emails that pertain to the public,” Boehner, R-Ohio, insisted during a news conference on Capitol Hill. “But some neutral third party's gonna have to make some decision about what documents are quote personal and which ones are public record. And thus far she's been unwilling to do this.”
At her own news conference last week, Clinton admitted that more than 31,000 emails were destroyed because she determined them to be personal. She said she deleted all of the personal emails, which she characterized as messages related to wedding planning and yoga, because she felt she “had no reason to save them.”
Boehner said he believes that turning the server over to an independent party “is the fairest way” to ensure all public documents are turned over, particularly in regard to the deadly terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept 11, 2012.
“The American people deserve all the facts about what happened in Benghazi,” Boehner said. “That's why it's so important for Secretary Clinton to turn over her personal server to a neutral third party.”
Boehner said the House Oversight and Government Reform committee will continue examining Federal Open Records law, but he indicated it is premature to subpoena the records from Clinton.
“Nothing has changed,” Boehner said. “The Benghazi committee is the committee that found this personal email usage and the Benghazi committee is focused on getting the facts about what happened with regard to Benghazi.”
“We have rigorous oversight activities of both the Benghazi committee and the Government Reform committee, and I don’t think there's any changes that need to be made,” he added.
During the course of their search, Clinton’s attorneys found 30,490 work-related emails and 31,830 emails that they deemed “private and personal.”