Call it an early Christmas present.
On Monday, the State Department released the largest batch yet of emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of State that have been culled from the controversial private server she used.
According to a State Department official, Tuesday’s release included 5,109 new emails totally 7,825 pages. It’s the largest release yet, which began in May, and now includes about two-thirds of Clinton’s total emails. Most of the new emails are ones received and sent during 2012 and 2013, shortly before she left office. The full database can be searched here.
Republicans have criticized the Democratic presidential candidate for the use of her server instead of a government email address. While Clinton maintains that she never sent classified email over her account, a number have been retroactively classified. In the latest release, portions of 328 emails were upgraded to “Confidential” status.
As has been the case with previous releases, the emails have largely been routine process email correspondence. A running trend is confusion from Clinton over technology, glowing praise from close friends and employees and some insight into what her days looked like at the State Department.
Here are a few ones that stand out:
Praise following congressional testimony
On January 23, 2013, Clinton appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee to answer questions about the September 11, 2012, attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
She delivered a forceful, and sometimes emotional, defense of the events surrounding the attack and her response to it.
And some of her closest allies and others sent her several emails praising her performance.
Hillary <3’s Twitter
After her staff sends her a compilation of tweets after her testimony, she voices something we’ve all wondered — what did we do before Twitter?
Glasses are very “in”
Clinton’s relationship and emails from Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime friend and adviser, was a top target when she testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in October. In an email about her previous testimony in January 2013, he praises how she answered questions from the “cretins and reptiles.” And he notes, her look with her glasses with fab, according to his wife, Jackie. And as she needs to clear her head once she leaves office, why not walk a dog?!
How to work the moving picture box
Another email where Clinton is having trouble with technology. This time, it’s trying to find what channel Showtime’s “Homeland” is on.
We think she meant “ROFL?”
Clinton doesn’t get this abbreviation exactly right, unless she did mean “Rolling On The Laughing Floor.”
‘Mittens’ and the ‘Grinch’
Clinton had some nicknames for Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich during the 2012 GOP primary race.
The NFL Knows All About These Things
Who better to reach out to than NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about head injuries and concussions when Clinton suffered one herself in December 2012.
Republicans have criticized Clinton for touting her travel as an accomplishment while at State, and emails from that time show her aides were indeed keeping track of her time abroad, as well as her approval ratings.