Hillary Clinton Emails Revealed

A new batch of Hillary Clinton emails has been released by the State Department. The FBI has assessed them and found that some contained classified information, although none were marked as such at the time.

The story of her email system dominated the 2016 campaign, with chants of “lock her up” at Trump rallies. But her public denials turned out to be misleading.

Emails between Clinton and Benghazi

The latest batch of emails released by the State Department revives scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state, a topic that has become a rallying cry for Republicans pursuing her in the 2016 presidential race. The new emails include a conversation between Clinton and her longtime confidant Sidney Blumenthal in which she says a Libyan security official believed the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was inspired by a video mocking Islam’s prophet Muhammad.

But a review of the emails by POLITICO finds no support for Republican accusations that Clinton played a role in decisions that led to weak security at the Benghazi compound, or that she sought to downplay the involvement of organized militants in the deadly attacks. There are also a number of lighter moments in the new emails, such as a message from an aide who jokes that she is still “nursing her cracked head.”

Emails between Clinton and David Petraeus

During her campaign, Republicans consistently wielded the episode as evidence of Clinton’s lack of judgment. They have also used it to tarnish her credibility, saying she mishandled classified information.

The FBI uncovered two tranches of deleted emails from the former secretary of state’s private server after she signed an affidavit swearing that she had turned over all work-related emails to authorities investigating her use of the personal email system while leading the Department of State. The first tranche reportedly included an email chain between Clinton and retired Gen. David Petraeus while he was commanding Centcom, responsible for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Kurt Volker, a former US ambassador and executive director of the McCain Institute, says it’s possible the new tranche includes classified material that could have been made vulnerable to hackers. But he’s sceptical that investigators will find anything more damaging than what already has been revealed. He believes Clinton will pay a political price, but not a legal one.

Emails between Clinton and her husband

In a separate investigation, FBI investigators found thousands of work-related emails on a laptop seized in an unrelated probe into disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner was investigated for sexting photos and messages with a 15-year-old girl. The FBI did not notify Abedin about the new discovery, and she is unsure what the agency discovered in the latest batch of emails.

She also has said she did not know the Foundation would ask for her advice on meetings with foreign figures like Assad. Emails released by the State Department in September show that the foundation on multiple occasions asked her to vet her husband’s contacts with potential controversial international figures.

Abedin was by Bill Clinton’s side during his affair with Monica Lewinsky and was a top aide to Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign. She is expected to be a central figure in the Democratic ticket in 2020. Ballotpedia has more on her here.

Emails between Clinton and her staff

The emails released by WikiLeaks shed light on the Clinton campaign. They show how carefully her aides crafted her message for the world and how she has adapted to her public image as a candidate.

Some of the newly released emails show how Clinton and her staff viewed her own actions as secretary of state. For example, a July 2012 email from aide Jake Sullivan praised Clinton for her Benghazi testimony before Congress. Republicans seized on the comment as evidence that Clinton initially saw the attack as a spontaneous street protest against an anti-Muslim video, before reversing her initial assessment and describing it as an al-Qaeda terrorist operation.

Other emails show how aides sought to avoid having classified information transmitted over her personal email server. Seven email chains involve matters that were classified at the Top Secret level or higher when they were sent or received. The emails also demonstrate that there was concern over whether using a private server invited hackers to access the sensitive information.

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