All or parts of 15 emails that Hillary Clinton confidante Sidney Blumenthal gave to a House committee cannot be located among the thousands of pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department, the agency said Thursday night.
The State Department downplayed the discrepancy, but it's likely to intensify GOP questions and criticism about Clinton's claim that she provided State with all the work-related emails kept on her private server late last year.
"We have confirmed that the emails Secretary Clinton provided the Department include almost all of the material in Mr. Blumenthal's production. There are, however, a limited number of instances—15—in which we could not locate all or part of the content of a document from his production within the tens of thousands of emails she gave us," a department official said on condition of anonymity.
The official said, "The substance of those 15 emails is not relevant to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi."
Rep. Trey Gowdy, the GOP chairman of the committee, pounced on the revelation, stating that Clinton's unusual use of a private email account and server "has resulted in an incomplete public record."
"This confirms doubts about the completeness of Clinton's self-selected public record and raises serious questions about her decision to erase her personal server—especially before it could be analyzed by an independent, neutral third party arbiter," Gowdy said in a statement Thursday.