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Opening Hillary’s Inbox

Privacy issues and various competing legal issues fight one another with regard to the releasing of Hillary Clinton’s personal emails – and it is a fight that has a long way to run.

The 55,000 pages of emails relating to the former Secretary of State and likely presidential candidate may be released, but that date may be many months away according to the State Department, which needs to decide which emails it should release.

The swirling controversy continues as Republicans in Congress set up lengthy investigation processes following reports that Hillary Clinton used a personal email server while running the department. The release of the emails could provide highly damaging to her presidential hopes, quite apart from any other legal issues arising from their publication.

The WSJ reports that both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Select Committee on Benghazi are probing the matter, while other congressional committees are exploring their options and jurisdiction. The Benghazi committee subpoenaed both the State Department and Mrs. Clinton’s attorneys this week for additional information around the Benghazi attacks.

An aide to the Oversight committee said the panel would investigate whether there were violations of federal record-keeping laws, with a decision expected next week. The committee would likely either issue another subpoena or a request for information from Mrs. Clinton.

Federal law didn’t bar Mrs. Clinton’s use of private email while she was the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013, as long as records were retained.

In her first public statement since the controversy unfolded, Mrs. Clinton wrote on Twitter late Wednesday night: “I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.” Mrs. Clinton didn’t respond to a request for comment on Thursday.

Read more at the WSJ

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