In case you forgot "emailgate" was still a thing, here's the latest breaking news: Hillary Clinton allegedly sent emails from her iPad in addition to her Blackberry while she served as secretary of state, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press. Taken together, this new evidence challenges Clinton's past excuse and may continue to shake her established 2016 spotlight — or not.
The AP reports that Clinton used her iPad to send and receive work emails throughout her tenure at the State Department without ever setting up an exclusive "state.gov" email address. However, a Clinton spokesperson explained to the news source on Tuesday that the former secretary of state only occasionally used her iPad to read news articles.
While speaking at the United Nations earlier this month, the presumed 2016 Democratic frontrunner explained to the media that she used her personal email for business because it was more convenient for her to use just one smartphone device — her Blackberry. "Looking back, it would have been probably, you know, smarter to have used two devices," Clinton said at the time.
Clinton added at the time that using her personal account was "allowed" by the State Department. However, the department said later that the Blackberry Clinton used during her tenure was not issued by the government, raising more confusion over the digital rules and regulations of government agencies.
In the four new emails obtained by the AP, Clinton is seen mixing business with pleasure. In one email sent to her former aide, Huma Abedin, Clinton replied to a news story about drones with a question about decorations, the AP reports. Abedin reportedly sent the drone email to Clinton's personal account.
The other emails show Clinton's aides forwarding news stories and meeting summaries from their government accounts to Clinton's personal account. However, the AP reports that the obtained emails have yet to show sensitive or classified information.
Clinton has already turned over thousands of work emails to the State Department, and contends that she only deleted personal, non-work-related emails. But Republicans investigating the 2012 assault on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, have been pressing the former secretary of state and her supporters. According to Fox News, the scrutiny has now been placed on Clinton's top adviser, Abedin, who allegedly worked at the State Department as a part-time status while also working for a political consulting firm. In a recent letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Sen. Chuck Grassley said the department has been blurring "the line between public and private sector employees."
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