by WILLIAM BIGELOW
On Sunday, Nick Merrill, a spokesman for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, revised the explanation of how Clintonâ€™s emails were handled, claiming, â€œEvery email was reviewed.â€
â€œWhat was in the fact sheet were examples of techniques used by the reviewers to double and triple check they were capturing everything,â€ he explained. â€œThis was NOT in lieu of reading them all, was in ADDITION to reading them all. We did not mean to imply otherwise.â€
The Clinton teamâ€™s new version of what transpired was prompted by numerous media outlets noting that Clintonâ€™s staff did not read each email before destroying it.
That new information will not stop an investigation by the House of Representatives; according to ABC News, GOP House members said Speaker John Boehner will announce a House investigation of Clintonâ€™s handling of her emails.
Clinton asserted last week that review of her emails had been â€œthoroughâ€ and that she went â€œabove and beyondâ€ requirements of her as Secretary of State. Clinton admitted destroying 31,000 emails deemed â€œpersonal,â€ stating, â€œWe went through a thorough process to identify all of my work-related emails and deliver them to the State Department,â€ adding her â€œpersonalâ€ emails revolved around issues such as â€œyoga routines,â€ â€œfamily vacations,â€ and â€œplanning Chelseaâ€™s wedding.â€ Her staff delineated the steps taken with Clintonâ€™s emails to find out which ones were not â€œpersonalâ€ and thus could be deleted:
All emails Clinton received from a .gov or state.gov account while she was Secretary of State were searched for;
Of the remaining emails, 100 State Department and other U.S. government officialsâ€™ names she would likely have had dealings with were searched for;
The emails were filtered by sender and recipient to â€œaccount for non-obvious or non-recognizable email addresses or misspellings or other idiosyncrasies.â€
Terms such as â€œBenghaziâ€ and â€œLibyaâ€ were searched for. After that process, a roughly even split was found; there were 30,490 emails deemed work-related and 31,830 emails considered â€œprivate and personal.â€