Clinton: ‘I can’t answer’ apparent email discrepancy

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DES MOINES — Another apparent discrepancy has arisen in what Hillary Clinton has said about her emails.

When The Des Moines Register asked her about the latest twist in the private server saga on Tuesday, she said she had no new answers.

Just before Clinton sat down for a 105-minute meeting with the Register’s editorial board, the Washington Post posted a news story that said the State Department’s request for her emails was "prompted entirely by the discovery that Clinton had exclusively used a private e-mail system."

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That contradicts what Clinton has been saying, which is that agency officials asked her for her emails as part of a benign, general record-keeping effort to sweep up "everything from other secretaries of state, not just me," as she said Sunday.

After the editorial board meeting, a Register reporter asked Clinton if she could explain the discrepancy between her characterization of why she turned over the emails and the State Department’s.

"I don’t know that. I can’t answer that," Clinton answered. "All I know is that they sent the same letter to everybody. That’s my understanding."

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The Register told Clinton that the Post was reporting that State Department officials contacted her in the summer of 2014 — a sign that officials had been caught off guard upon discovering she had used a private server to conduct government business. That was at least three months before the agency asked Clinton and three of her predecessors to provide their emails, the Post reported.

"You’re telling me something I don’t know," Clinton said. "All I know is what I have said. What I have said is it was allowed. The State Department has confirmed that. The same letter went to, as far as I know, my predecessors, and I’m the one who said, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to help.’

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"But we’ll give you additional information as we get it."

Clinton campaign aides said later that what she has said all along is consistent with what transpired — and consistent with the details explained in the Post story.

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