"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," said Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the Committee Chairman, in a statement on Friday.
"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."
Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, told the Committee that Clinton did not comply with the subpoena issued last week for her to hand over the server to a third party, because emails relating to her role as head of the State Department from 2009 to 2013 had already been handed over to the Committee, and that Clinton "chose not to keep her non-record personal emails."
"Thus, there are no email@example.com emails [the account used by Clinton] from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized," wrote Kendall. The lawyer added that the Commission should turn to the State Department for more emails to add to the 30,000 which Clinton chose to release to the enquiry, stating the Department is "uniquely positioned" to fulfil a request for more information.
Other emails sent by Blumenthal to the firstname.lastname@example.org account cover a subjects ranging from "Sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt," to Angela Merkel's opinions on Francois Hollande. Many emails were marked in capital letters with such warnings as "THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES."
Earlier this month it emerged that as well as receiving emails from Blumenthal, whose appointment to a State Department post was blocked in 2009 by senior figures in the Obama administration, Clinton was able to use her secret server to communicate with top aides who also had addresses on the server, concealing their work from the public record.