Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night responded to mounting criticism over reports that she relied exclusively on personal email during her tenure as Secretary of State, calling on the State Department to release a trove of e-mails from her years in office.
I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 5, 2015
Critics have accused Clinton of using private email as a means of keeping her digital records from entering the public domain. Clinton had remained silent on the issue, appearing at an EMILY’s List award gala Tuesday without mentioning the growing backlash.
The controversy escalated Wednesday after the Associated Press reported that Clinton owned the server which hosted her e-mail domain, further incensing critics who believe she was deliberately trying to conceal records from her tenure as secretary of state.
On Wednesday The Washington Post reported that the House Select Committee on Benghazi had issued subpoenas to the State Department. Per The Post's Carol Leonnig:
"The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which first discovered Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail based on a home server in its inquiry into a fatal 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, is asking for all e-mails related to the attack from all Clintonemail.com accounts and any other staff members’ personal accounts."
A timeline for the release of the emails remains unclear.
Even at the late hour, Twitter reacted to the news:
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) March 5, 2015
.@HillaryClinton wants you to read and see her emails without the partisan filters. Can the media handle this one without the usual bias?
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) March 5, 2015
Nothing says "I hate you, media" like making reporters scramble at 11:45 pm ET.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) March 5, 2015
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) March 5, 2015
wait what if the emails all spell out "today I announce I am running for president" and this was a long con
— Philip Bump (@pbump) March 5, 2015
Twitter being Twitter, critics and supporters alike responded directly to Clinton’s message
.@HillaryClinton You bought the server. Release them yourself.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 5, 2015
You asked State to release their small subset of your illegal secret HDR22 emails hand-picked by your political advisers? OK.@HillaryClinton
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) March 5, 2015
@hillaryclinton Bonus points for taking the direct-to-the-people route, anyway…
— Charles Gaba (@charles_gaba) March 5, 2015
@HillaryClinton Ma'am, I trust you. I don't understand all the fluster about these emails. Rock on with your bad ass self!
— Sarah D Cissna, CSEP (@sdcissna) March 5, 2015