Clinton Rep: Before Deleting Emails We Read Every One
Boehner plans new email probe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2015 3:47 AM CDT
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters last week.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's team has—somewhat belatedly—clarified that every one of the approximately 32,000 emails deemed "private" and deleted was opened and read before being chucked. The clarification comes a few days after a Time story claimed that the review involved searching by keywords and not checking every email. A Clinton spokesman blames the confusion on a fact sheet provided after a press conference last week, which mentioned keyword searches. "We simply took for granted that reading every single email came across as the most important, fundamental, and exhaustive step that was performed," he said in a statement to Fox. "The fact sheet should have been clearer in stating that every email was read."

But while the 31,830 emails appear to be gone forever, it doesn't look like the controversy for Clinton is going to go away anytime soon. House Speaker John Boehner plans to announce a new probe this week into Clinton's email use, including the deletions, according to ABC News, which cites "top House Republicans." And it's not just Clinton's emails that are gone: The State Department has admitted that routine archiving of the inboxes of senior officials only began last month. "It's very troubling," a spokesman for the National Security Archive group tells Politico. "People in the community of record-keepers and historians had known that our history was at risk for a long time."