Immediately following the State Department’s release of Hillary Clinton’s emails, Republicans blasted at least one email they said showed Clinton committed grave errors and clearly was not ready to be president.
Parsing through the hundreds of emails sent and received by Clinton that included scheduling matters and conversations with aides during her tenure as Secretary of State, Republican lawmakers said it was an email containing “fatal errors” which caught their attention.
The email was an auto-reply message from Gmail that was in response to an email Clinton had attempted to send to a caterer but was returned as undeliverable.
“The email from Google clearly states — and let me quote here — ‘This message has fatal errors and has failed permanently,'” said South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House committee investigating Benghazi. “Now, this is Google saying this, not me, not Republicans. You can blame us all you want, but I think we can all agree that Google knows what they’re talking about when it comes to email. And if Google is saying she has a permanent failure, then clearly she cannot be president.”
According to information security experts, the message from Gmail contains standard language that is sent when it attempts to deliver a message, but is rejected by a recipient’s server. It appears Clinton accidentally typed a hyphen instead of an underscore in the recipient’s email address.
“Listen, I don’t care what the experts say,” Gowdy said. “These are computer scientists, who are just like climate scientists and all these other scientists who are telling us what they think. I’m not buying it, and I don’t care what they think. I can see what the email says.”
Janet Miller, owner of Corner Catering and the intended receiver of Clinton’s email, said people often must resend emails to her because they accidentally type a hyphen instead of an underscore.
The text of the original email read: “Janet, please be sure to include a plain pasta dish for kids attending the dinner. Thanks, H”