hillaryinglassesClinton appears to have destroyed evidence to thwart investigation as she kicked off her presidential campaign

Former Secretary of State and current Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton withheld 120 pages of emails from a congressional committee investing her response to the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

The newly-discovered emails contradict Clinton’s claims she turned over all emails to the committee and has not been concealing potentially incriminating evidence.

“These emails were not previously produced to the Committee or released to the public, and they will help inform tomorrow’s deposition,” panel Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement late Monday evening. “We are prepared to release these emails.”

The new emails were discovered when investigators subpoenaed email communications between Clinton and her former advisor Sidney Blumenthal.

In 2014, Congress demanded Clinton “Please provide, as soon as possible but no later than Dec. 31, 2014, any and all documents and communications referring or relating to a.) Libya (including but not limited to Benghazi and Tripoli), and/or b) weapons located or found in, imported or brought into, and/or exported or removed from Libya, authored by, sent to, or received by the email address ‘[email protected]’ between Jan. 1, 2011 through Dec. 31, 2013.”

Clinton previously claimed she had turned over all her emails to investigators.  State Department officials went through Clinton’s email and claimed there were only 300 messages related to Libya and the attacks.

The newly uncovered emails show that was not true.

The question is, did Clinton’s State Department withhold evidence from Congress, or did Clinton withhold evidence from the State Department and Congress?

Blumenthal came to Congress’ attention when it was revealed he was communicating with Clinton and directing U.S. policy through Clinton’s private email server, which both violated federal open records law and opened U.S. intelligence to foreign hackers.

Acting on a hunch, Congress subpoenaed Blumenthal’s emails to see what Clinton had hidden by using a private server.

Withholding evidence from Congress is a serious crime.

For instance, President Richard Nixon’s Articles of Impeachment charged him with “withholding relevant and material evidence or information from lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United State,” “making false or misleading statements to lawfully authorized investigative officers and employees of the United States” and having “failed without lawful cause or excuse to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by” Congress.