hillary

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton permanently deleted all of the emails on her private server by wiping it clean, according to the committee investigating Benghazi.

Clinton has turned over more than 900 pages of emails to the House Select Committee on Benghazi, but it had requested many additional emails.

Instead, Chairman Trey Gowdy said in a statement Friday evening, not only did Clinton not turn over any new documents, she deleted her remaining emails.

“After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis,” Gowdy said.

Clinton kept all her official correspondence as Secretary of State, as well as her personal emails, on that server.

Clinton gave 55,000 emails from her private email account to the State Department in December. On March 10, Clinton announced she had deleted 30,000 emails she considered personal.

Now, they all have been deleted.

“Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server. While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Gowdy said.

“Not only was the Secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest,” he added.

Clinton also refused Gowdy’s request to turn over her server to a third-party.

“In light of the Secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails … we will work with the leadership of the House of Representatives as the Committee considers next steps,” said Gowdy.

The committee plans to have Clinton testify twice, once on her emails use at the State Department and again on her role in the Benghazi debacle.

Here is the full statement released just after 6:00 p.m. by select committee on Benghazi.

Statement Regarding Subpoena Compliance and Server Determination by Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Washington, DC—Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy today issued the following statement regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s response to the committee’s subpoena. She failed to produce a single new document and refused to relinquish her server to a neutral, detached third party for an independent review of potential public records:

“After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis.

“We learned today, from her attorney, Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean and permanently delete all emails from her personal server. While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department.

“Not only was the Secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.”

“In light of the Secretary’s unprecedented email arrangement with herself and her decision nearly two years after she left office to permanently delete all emails and because the equities at stake involve not only those of the Select Committee and Congress more broadly, but also those of the American people and their right to the full record of her tenure as secretary of State, we will work with the leadership of the House of Representatives as the Committee considers next steps. But it is clear Congress will need to speak with the former Secretary about her email arrangement and the decision to permanently delete those emails.”

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.