The former Secretary of State embroiled in a controversy over her use of personal email during her time at the White House, saying late Wednesday that she’s asked the State Department to release her some of her correspondence.
“I want the public to see my email,” Clinton said in a tweet Wednesday evening. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
A New York Times report published earlier this week set off a severe criticism, suggesting that the politician violated State Department regulations by using a personal email account for government business, potentially shielding her correspondence from public inquiries like Freedom of Information Act requests.
Her email account, clintonemail.com, was hosted by a server located at her home, and reportedly “became a symbol of status within the family’s inner circle.”
“Clinton’s advisers submitted some 50,000 pages of emails to the State Department two months ago at the government’s request, but critics maintained that using private email allowed Clinton to pick and choose which documents to submit with no way to verify the process. A House panel investigating the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya, on Wednesday issued a subpoena for any and all of Clinton’s private emails related to the attack,” The Huffington Post writes.
The State Department said late Thursday it would “take some time” to complete a review of the emails provided by Clinton.
“The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases. We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete,” department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.
The former First Lady made headlines last year when she voiced her support for gay marriages
“I believe America is at its best when we champion the freedom and dignity of every human being,’’ Mrs. Clinton said in a video posted on YouTube by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy group.
In the six-minute video she claims that gays and lesbians are “full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship.” “That includes marriage,” she says, adding that she backs gay marriage both “personally and as a matter of policy and law.”
“L.G.B.T. Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship,’’ she said in the six-minute video, using the abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. “That includes marriage.’’
Mrs. Clinton spoke in the video of the recent wedding of her own daughter, Chelsea, saying, “I wish every parent that same joy.’’
At the time, reporters believed that Clinton’s embrace of same-sex marriage signaled that the powerful politician may be considering a 2016 presidential run and trying to avoid the type of late-to-the-party caution that hurt her first bid.
“I’m sure she’s been there for awhile now, and politically it’s imperative for a Democratic presidential aspirant, so her timing is perfect,” said Steve Murphy, a Democratic consultant who ran former congressman Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential bid.
By the way, in August of 2007, the now-former secretary voiced her opposition to legalizing gay marriage but tried to cast it in a less negative light.