The State Department is working on releasing official emails to the public that were kept on a private server by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her time in office.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on Fox News’ “The Daily Briefing” on Friday afternoon with host Dana Perino and announced that State Department officials were working on releasing Clinton’s emails “as fast as we can.”
“We’ve got the emails. We’re getting them out. We are going to get all this information out so the American people can see it,” Pompeo told Perino. “You’ll remember, there was classified information on a private server, should never have been there. Hillary Clinton should never have done that. It was unacceptable behavior.”
“It’s not the kind of thing that leaders do,” Pompeo added. “They don’t put that kind of information out, and you can see whether it’s Russia or China or Iran or the North Koreans who want to get their hands on this kind of information. Classified information needs to stay in the right places. Secretary Clinton, when she was here at the State Department, did not do that.”
During her time as secretary of state, Clinton kept over 60,000 emails sent or received on a private email server. She eventually turned over about half of those to the State Department, which was then largely published by the department. Clinton erased the other half of her emails, which were dubbed personal and not relevant to government business by her or her own team of lawyers. However, on the other server involved in each communication, the deleted emails should still be present.
“I’ve been at this a long time with President Trump for four years now, almost. I’ve never seen him do anything that would put any kind of asset, any kind of one of our officers in any harm’s way. He wouldn’t do that. We’ll get the information out that needs to get out and we’ll do it in a way that protects the intelligence sources that we need to protect,” Pompeo said.
Pompeo suggested that some may fall before the election, which is in 25 days, when asked about a timeline for the release of the emails.
“We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think there will be more to see before the election,” Pompeo said.
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