According to an Associated Press report, Hillary Clinton deleted dozens of entries on various events and people she met with during her daily activities as U.S. Secretary of State. The Democratic presidential hopeful also erased at least one work-related e-mail message from her illicit server although she had denied doing so.
AP journalists found that more than 75 meetings with Wall Street hot-shots, political donors, and Clinton Foundation key people were kept off record. She either omitted to record the meetings with these people or just omitted the names of some persons.
The AP obtained a copy of the meetings from the State Department after the news organization had sued the federal agency in court.
Another disturbing fact is that she has deleted the e-mail message “Let’s get separate address or device, but I don’t want any risk of the personal [email] being accessible” she has sent to one of her aides who had asked her to use the official work server she was provided with by the State Department. Journalists found the message in the inbox of her aide.
The news casts a shadow of doubt on Clinton’s integrity as she denied deleting any work-related messages when she handed over her correspondence to the FBI for the ongoing criminal investigation.
AP investigators learned about the missing entries after comparing the official State Department calendar with the planning schedules delivered to the former State Secretary by her staffers. Researchers found that at least 114 names were omitted from the 1,500-page document, even though Clinton has met with them.
Additionally, more than 60 events were scrubbed from the calendar and renamed as “private meetings.” Clinton’s campaign said that the differences are due to the politician’s staffers who failed to fill in all details in the official calendar.
But that doesn’t explain why Clinton omitted from the official calendar an important 2009 meeting over breakfast she had with companies and people who either lobbied the government or made generous donations to her family’s charity organization.
The names of the guests, which appeared in her daily planning schedules, included former Bank of Mellon chief executive Robert Kelly, PepsiCo chief executive Indra Nooyi, and Steven Schwarzman, an important political donor.
Less high profile meetings were also omitted from the calendar including dinners with other political donors or corporate executives and encounters with campaign advisers.
But the federal government has released just one-third of the Clinton planning material so far, so there may be a lot more missing entries.
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