House Speaker John A. Boehner says former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “ignored the law” in setting up a private email system and server as the nation’s top diplomat and that questions on the matter are “going to continue to haunt her until she comes clean.”
“What’s she going to do for America? That’s the real question,” Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo when asked about Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 presidential candidacy. “It’s not about personalities.
“I think that the fact that she won’t turn over her server, the fact that she’s ignored the law when it comes to how she was supposed to communicate as the secretary of state — those questions are going to continue to haunt her until she comes clean,” he said. “Until some independent third party … goes through these emails and determines which ones are public and which ones are private.
“I don’t know that she can stonewall this for the next year and a half,” he said.
Mrs. Clinton has maintained she followed the proper rules and regulations when she set up a private email system to use as secretary of state so she could use a single device for personal and work email.
She has said she concluded about 30,000 emails of 62,000 from her time in office were work-related and turned them over to the State Department in December 2014, nearly two years after leaving office. Mrs. Clinton has asked the department to release the emails to the public, but the process could take months.
Republicans have pressed Mrs. Clinton to turn over her private server, which has been wiped clean, to a third-party arbiter — something her lawyer says isn’t going to happen.
There is “no basis to support” a proposed third-party review of the server, attorney David E. Kendall wrote last month to Rep. Trey Gowdy, South Carolina Republican and chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Mr. Kendall wrote that there are no emails from Mrs. Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state left on the server for any review, “even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized.”