Hillary Clinton has spoken out about the increasing level of controversy surrounding her emails while she held the office of US secretary of state and has asked for the emails to be released to the public.
Hillary Clinton mad a very public statement about her position in the controversy when she tweeted: “I want the public to see my email.”
She added in the tweet: “I asked State to release them [emails]. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”
The tweet from Hillary Clinton came after her emails were subject to a subpoena by a congressional committee investigating the deadly attack on the US embassy in Benghazi in 2012.
According to a report by the BBC, the state department is examining her use of a personal email account as a possible breach of federal law.
The controversy surrounding the emails could not have come at a worse time for Hillary Clinton who is widely believed to be planning to launch he own campaign for the 2016 presidential race, although she is yet to formally announce her interest in becoming the Democrat candidate.
According to the BBC it was revealed that Mrs Clinton had her own internet server at her home in New York which could potentially allow her to send secret emails unknown to the government as a whole.
The New York Times reported that while Hillary Clinton held the position of secretary of state she did not have a government email address that she used which would mean that she would have to do all email correspondence through a private account.
According to the BBC, government watchdogs and former officials from the National Archives and Records Administration told the newspaper that Mrs Clinton’s use of private email alone, without any government account, was a serious breach while others cited concerns that a personal email account could be vulnerable to hackers.
Nick Merrill, a spokesman for Mrs Clinton, declined to say why she used a personal account at the state department, but defended its use, according to the BBC.
Mrs Clinton had complied with the “letter and spirit of the rules”, Mr Merrill said.
Whether the personal emails contained any sensitive material or not is now far from the point of the scandal, as the entire case focuses on if a politician should be using a private email account to conduct highly sensitive business.
Just how the email scandal will affect Hillary Clinton and her chances at the race for the White House remains to be seen and then public will now have to wait to see if Hillary sent any emails that should possibly have never been written in the first place.