Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) should receive the same scrutiny she did over emails in the aftermath of her 2008 vice presidential campaign.
In an op-ed for Fox News published Monday, Palin recalled how she released her emails from her time as governor of Alaska after a slew of requests from the media:
First, some background: I know something about how annoying FOIA requests can be for public officials. After I returned home from the 2008 vice presidential campaign, the state of Alaska was flooded with innumerable FOIA requests to see literally every single email I ever wrote while governor. It was an overwhelming request for a small population state with limited resources. But our system of government relies on transparency, and that means public officials must suck it up and let the public see whatever they want.
When FOIA requests bombarded us, investigators and our attorney general’s office were given full access to all of my state and private emails. The only emails redacted were the very few that were protected by attorney/client privilege – a determination agreed upon by my lawyers and the Attorney General’s office who reviewed them. In other words, an independent third party reviewed every email. There was no chance for any “smoking gun” to escape detection because nothing was kept secret in any way. Everything was done in the most transparent way possible.
Palin argued Clinton -- who exclusively used a personal email address while working at the State Department -- should have been subject to the same scrutiny, but said it may be too late for total transparency, arguing "someone might have already deleted any trace of incriminating emails to and from Secretary Clinton and her aides."
According to Politico, Clinton could address the email controversy in a press conference this week. She first addressed the criticism over her email address in a tweet last week, saying she'd asked the State Department to release her emails from her time as secretary of state.
Several lawmakers, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Reps. Darrel Issa (R-Calif.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), have called on Clinton to be more transparent about the emails.
Read Palin's full op-ed at Fox News.