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Hillary Clinton's Benghazi emails released by US State Department

Published 22/05/2015

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was questioned by congressional investigators about her use of a personal email address more than two years ago. (AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was questioned by congressional investigators about her use of a personal email address more than two years ago. (AP)

The US State Department has released its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State, offering a new look at her handling of the attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi.

CNN said the approximately 300 emails, about 850 pages, are part of the 30,000 that she turned over to State from her private email server, which she used almost exclusively to conduct both private and public business during her time at State.

“The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks,” the State Department tweeted shortly after the announcement.

The emails were selected and vetted by Clinton's own lawyers.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, who chairs the House Benghazi panel, said: "To assume a self-selected public record is complete, when no one with a duty or responsibility to the public had the ability to take part in the selection, requires a leap in logic no impartial reviewer should be required to make and strains credibility."

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