A new batch of 6,300 pages of emails sent or received by Hillary Clinton from a private email account during her time as a top United States diplomat were released by the State Department. These emails, posted online on a State Department website, contain confidential information that was revised for public viewing.
According to Yahoo News, the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, said in a statement, “With the number of emails deemed classified doubling to more than 400, this latest court-ordered release shows Hillary Clinton put our national security in more jeopardy than previously known. Hillary Clinton’s reckless attempt to skirt transparency laws and her dishonest response to public inquiries underscore why she can’t be trusted in the White House.” Although several emails released do not contain information labelled as classified, some of them are politically revealing.
In one email that leaned towards same-sex marriage, Clinton was infuriated at the State Department’s plan to substitute “mother” and “father” with a more gender-neutral “parent one” and “parent two” on passport applications.
“I’m not defending that decision, which I disagree w and knew nothing about, in front of this Congress,” Clinton said in a January 2011 email. “I could live w letting people in nontraditional families choose another descriptor so long as we retained the presumption of mother and father.” She further added, “We need to address this today or we will be facing a huge Fox-generated media storm led by (Sarah) Palin et al.,” referring to former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Regarding some of the other emails, Clinton sent a message to her staff twice in August 2010 to ask “what the NPR stations I can hear on Long Island are?” She wrote in the email, “I lost the WNYC signal half way down the island and can’t figure out from Google what the next stations are.”
In February of the same year, Clinton said that she had been “fighting” with a White House phone operator “who doesn’t believe I am who I say and wants my direct office line even [though] I’m not there and I just have him my home [number] and the State Dept [number] and I told him I had no idea what my direct office [number] was since I didn’t call myself and I just hung up and am calling thru [Operations] like a proper and properly dependent Secretary of State–no independent dialing allowed.”
In November 2011, an email was sent from Clinton’s personal email account – but this one was from Huma Abedin. Replying to a question by Jake Sullivan, who asked whether he would be able to speak with Clinton, Abedin wrote, “Hey its huma[.] She can’t talk right now[.] She will call when she gets in car. What flight u on? Can u email me on other email?”
According to The Hill, Clinton said she erased tens of thousands of emails last year. These emails, she emphasized, were personal in nature. Pledging full transparency, she sent 55,000 pages of work-related emails to the State Department in 2014 in order to make them public. She has been criticized by Republicans and transparency advocates for deciding on her own which emails were personal and which classified before turning them over to the government. One email chain, involving retired General David Petraeus, that wasn’t turned over to the State Department was found by the Obama administration last week.
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