The U.S. State Department made two bombshell announcements during the past week contradicting Hillary Clinton’s version of events in the controversy surrounding her official email correspondence during her tenure as Secretary of State in the Obama administration.

The U.S. Defense Department turned over to State an email chain of correspondence between Clinton and then-commander of U.S. Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, within the past several days, according to State spokesman John Kirby.

The email chain of approximately ten emails was initiated on January 10, 2009 and concluded on February 1, 2009. Clinton was sworn in as Secretary of State on January 21, 2009, the day after Obama was inaugurated for his first term as president.

Despite repeated assurances that she had turned over all her official emails, the Clinton-Petraeus emails had not been provided to the State Department.

While the content of the emails is not thought to contain classified or top secret communications, the announcement of the find is yet another revelation that challenges Clinton’s evolving explanations about her email correspondence during the time she served as Secretary of State.

The U.S. Department of State also provided new information that disproves Clinton’s claim that she turned over her emails pursuant to a routine request by the Department.

Officials at State said the request, made in the summer of 2014, was due entirely to the discovery of Clinton’s private email system, and issued three months before the general request was made to Clinton and three of her predecessors at State.

Clinton has apologized for her the email setup, saying it was unwise and in retrospect would not have opted for the private system.

The email arrangement has waylaid the Democrat’s campaign for the presidential nomination, diverting questions from her positions to inquiries about the email set-up that controverted the system, thwarted transparency laws, and exposed State Department correspondence to a heightened risk of hacking by hostile interests.

A September 24, 2015 Quinnipiac University poll, 54% of U.S. voters say Clinton is not honest or trustworthy.

Clinton initially claimed she used a private email account connected to a server in her Chappaqua, New York home, rather than a government-issued account, merely as a matter of convenience.


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