Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the administration will release more emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server that were sent or received when she was head of the State Department under former President Barack Obama.
During an interview on Fox News, Pompeo said the State Department was working as quickly as possible to get the emails released and believes more will become public prior to the presidential election on November 3.
“We’ve got the emails. We’re getting them out. We’re going to get all this information out so the American people can see it,” Pompeo said. “We’re doing it as fast as we can. I certainly think there’ll be more to see before the election.”
President Trump recently commented on the years-long scandal during an appearance on The Rush Limbaugh Show, saying that Hillary Clinton “should be in jail” for deleting 33,000 emails from a private server.
In another interview on Fox News, President Trump also expressed frustration with the speed at which Secretary Pompeo was working to release the emails and said, “Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad. Actually, I’m not happy about him for that.”
“You’ll remember there was classified information on a private server that should have never been there. Hillary Clinton should never have done that. It was unacceptable behavior. It’s not the kind of thing that leaders do,” Pompeo said in the response to the President’s remarks. “They don’t put that kind of information out. You can see whether it’s Russia or China or Iran or the North Koreans who want to get their hands on this kind of information, classified information needs to stay in the right places. Secretary Clinton, when she was here at the State Department, did not do that.”
Prior to being sworn in as Secretary of State in 2009, Clinton set up an email server in her home in New York. Throughout her four-year tenure as head of the State Department, Clinton used a private email address for all of her work-related correspondence. She did not even activate her state.gov email account, which would have been hosted and managed on U.S. government servers.
President Trump has made the email debacle a focus since he first ran for president against Clinton in 2015. Pompeo said he has also been “close” to this situation since he was a Republican Congressman from Kansas working on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
“We’re going to get there,” Pompeo said. “We’re going to get this information out so the American people can see it.”