WASHINGTON – RNC Chair Reince Priebus Saturday blasted Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton for wiping her secret server clean of all emails sent during her tenure as Secretary of State, linking the former first lady to President Richard Nixon and suggesting Republicans are not giving up on efforts to obtain the subpoenaed documents.
“Even Nixon didn’t destroy the tapes,” Priebus said in a statement released Saturday. “It’s imperative an independent third party review the server immediately. Unless Mrs. Clinton went to extreme lengths to wipe this server, there are ways to recover this data.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., the chair of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, confirmed Friday that Secretary Clinton unilaterally decided to wipe her server clean. The development came after the Benghazi committee extended the deadline at Clinton’s request for a previous request, and subpoenaed Clinton’s emails for an independent review executed by a neutral third party. House Speaker John Boehner had backed the move by Gowdy, telling reporters last week Mrs. Clinton “must turn over her computer server to an independent third-party investigator.”
“Unfortunately it appears Clinton went above and beyond to eliminate email traffic as Secretary of State,” Priebus added. “There isn’t a separate set of rules the Clintons can choose to play by. It’s time they be held accountable.”