The State Department released another 7,800 pages of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account that she used during her time as U.S. secretary of state. The emails in this set were mostly sent or received in 2012 and 2013, although the dump also includes messages from 2009, 2010 and 2011. They can be found here, on the State Department’s website.
The set of emails marks the latest in a series of court-mandated releases in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. With Monday's release, the State Department has met the court's goal of producing 66 percent of Clinton's emails by Nov. 30. The State Department is ultimately expected to release around 30,000 of Clinton’s emails in releases that could continue through January. Portions of emails that are deemed confidential will be redacted.
Clinton has faced harsh criticism over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state in the Obama administration. She has since apologized for the use of private email while on the campaign trail.
After the initial revelation about her email account, Clinton struggled with her campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, with many voters saying they considered her untrustworthy. Democrats were concerned the email scandal might bring down what was otherwise considered an easy campaign for Clinton. But in more recent months, she has rebounded in the polls.
Clinton currently leads her main challenger Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 55.8 percent to 30.2 percent in Real Clear Politics national average of polls. She has also been seen as a strong candidate since her confident performance in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi last month, during which she answered questions about her involvement in the administration’s response to the 2012 attack that killed four Americans at a diplomatic compound in Libya.
Republicans have claimed Clinton’s emails contain classified information relating to the Benghazi incident, but so far, the State Department email dumps have not turned up anything too controversial. Despite the lack of state secrets, the various releases of Clinton's emails have often produced revealing or funny exchanges between the former secretary of state and her staff. This dump appeared to be no different.
One email from 2012 showed Clinton asking someone else to respond to a "Happy Birthday" email from an IT staffer, Bryan Pagliano.
Hillary had someone else respond to happy b-day wishes from her personal IT guy, BPags. pic.twitter.com/jGGYxpg7Uz
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) November 30, 2015
Others showed Clinton asking for a printed copy of instructions on how to produce a fishtail bun hairstyle, and for directions to Dalton Brody, a gift retailer in Washington, D.C.
It's comforting to know Hillary can't figure out how to fishtail, either. pic.twitter.com/UMqzcwWCcR
— Julia Glum (@SuperJulia) November 30, 2015
Amid chaos in Syria, Hillary Clinton asked for directions to "Washington's premier gift and accessories retailer" pic.twitter.com/uN4DyGLntT
— Tim Mak (@timkmak) November 30, 2015
Some emails were redacted, meaning they had classified information. Among those redacted were an entire email with the subject line "Koch" -- likely referring to the brothers who are large Republican donors -- and an email with the subject line "Achievements."
A fully redacted email between Huma and Hillary with subject line "Koch" from Feb. 1, 2013 pic.twitter.com/FxLnU9bauh
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) November 30, 2015
List of Hillary achievements: ✓ Make Achievements list ✓ Write down favorite snacks ✓ Redact list pic.twitter.com/DzraiBy2U5
— Elliott Schwartz (@elliosch) November 30, 2015