Newly released government emails show that officials in charge of privacy and records at the Treasury Department reacted with shock over initial reports that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private server to send and ship classified material.
"Unbelievable," wrote Marcus Smallwood, the records management officer for Treasury to Helen Goff Foster, deputy assistant secretary for privacy, transparency and records, in an March 3, 2015 email sent at 6:19 a.m.
She wrote back: "Yes--that is just what I said when I heard it on the news this am. Unbelievable."
The conservative super PAC America Rising FOIA'd Treasury for email reaction to the first reports. They have sent similar requests to other agencies and recently received one from the Labor Department in which an aide said, "what in the heck was State thinking?" and another, "You may want to share with the group as to how NOT to handle things and how you can end up in nationwide news." Fox New reported those emails.
A new poll from Rasmussen Reports today said that a majority of likely voters want an independent prosecutor named to criminally investigate the scandal.
Jeff Bechdel, America Rising PAC communications director, said, "America Rising and the Obama Administration are in agreement on this one: Secretary Clinton's decision to keep a private email server in her basement is truly 'unbelievable.' Nearly a year later, this inexplicably bad judgment still haunts her campaign, and with multiple ongoing federal investigations, will remain an issue for the foreseeable future."
The email is below.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.