1WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans stepped up their attacks on Monday on former
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server and
pointed to newly released messages to allege that foreign donors to the
Democratic presidential nominee's family charity got preferential treatment
from her department.
Congressional Republicans issued subpoenas to three technology companies
that either made or serviced the private email server located in the
basement of Clinton's New York home. The subpoenas were issued Monday by
Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and House Science
, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith of Texas.
They said the move was necessary after the three companies — Platte River
Networks, Datto Inc. and SECNAP Network Security Corp. — declined to
voluntarily answer questions to determine whether Clinton's private server
met government standards for record-keeping and security.
The subpoenas were among several developments Monday that showed a new GOP
emphasis on Clinton's emails after the FBI recently closed its yearlong
probe into whether she and her aides mishandled sensitive government
information that flowed through her server, without recommending criminal
The State Department is now reviewing nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed
emails recovered as part of the FBI investigation. Lawyers for the
department told U.S. District Court Judge James E. Boasberg on Monday that
they anticipate processing and releasing the first batch of these new emails
in mid-October, raising the prospect that new messages sent or received by
Clinton could become public just before November's election.
Boasberg is overseeing production of the emails as part of a federal public-
records lawsuit filed by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial
Watch. Representing the State Department, Justice Department lawyer Lisa
Olson told the judge that officials do not yet know what portion of the
emails is work-related, rather than personal.
Clinton, who was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013, had claimed that she
deleted only personal emails prior to returning more than 55,000 pages of
her work-related messages to the State Department last year. The department
has publicly released most of those emails, although some have been withheld
because they contain information considered sensitive to national security.
The thousands of previously undisclosed Clinton emails obtained by the FBI
came from the accounts of other people she communicated with or were
recovered through the bureau's forensic examination of her old server.
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon reiterated Monday that Clinton
provided all the work-related emails she had "in her possession" when the
State Department asked for copies in 2014. He said "if the State Department
determines any of them to be work-related, then obviously we support those
documents being released publicly as well."
Olson said the department earlier this month received seven discs containing
"tens of thousands" of emails Clinton sent or received during her tenure as
the nation's top diplomat. The first disc, labeled by the FBI as containing
nonclassified emails not previously disclosed by Clinton, contains about 14
,900 documents, she said. The second is labeled as emails containing
She said it was "extremely ambitious" for the agency to complete its review
and begin releasing the first batches of emails to Judicial Watch by Oct. 14
, given the volume of messages. Judicial Watch lawyer Lauren Burke called
that schedule too slow and pressed for faster release of the emails from the
first disc. The judge ordered the department to report back to him by Sept.
Also on Monday, Judicial Watch released 20 previously undisclosed email
exchanges involving Clinton that were turned over by her former deputy chief
of staff, Huma Abedin.
Among them is a June 23, 2009, message to Abedin from Doug Band, a longtime
aide to former President Bill Clinton who then was an official at the
Clinton family's charitable foundation. Republicans charge that donors to
the foundation, including foreign governments and corporations, got
preferential treatment from the State Department while Hillary Clinton was
secretary of state.
Band sought to arrange for the crown prince of Bahrain to meet with Hillary
Clinton while the prince was visiting Washington. "Good friend of ours,"
Band wrote to Abedin, one of Clinton's closest aides.
Crown Prince Salman had in 2005 made a $32 million commitment to the Clinton
Global Initiative, a program run by the foundation.
In later emails Abedin confirmed that Clinton would meet with the prince.
Copies of Clinton's calendar obtained by AP confirm the meeting occurred in
her State Department office on June 26, 2009.
Associated Press reporters Stephen Braun and Eric Tucker contributed to this
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