The latest batch of emails released from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server chronicle correspondence with big names in Washington and Hollywood — along with some issues about emojis.
In the first email dump since Clinton testified for more than ten hours before the House Benghazi committee, Clinton scolds her staff for putting together an “inadequate” timeline of her leadership on Libya in 2011.
“This is example of my continuing concern that we don’t have our records ready,” she said in an email sent in April 2012.
The committee investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi has delved into the presidential candidate’s emails, half of which have now been released to the public. The remainder of the roughly 30,000 emails will continue to be released through next year, as the race for president heats up even more.
Clinton has faced questions about whether her unusual email setup, which involved a private server located at her New York home, was sufficient to ensure the security of government information and retention of records. The private server is the subject of an ongoing FBI investigation.
Yet Clinton’s place in preference polls has improved since the first Democratic primary debate, in which her chief primary rival, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, defused the issue, saying “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
There was also a dash of celebrity in Friday’s email dump, with messages from actor Ben Affleck, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and civil rights leader Jesse Jackson.
Former aide to President Bill Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, took up room in Hillary Clinton’s inbox also. Blumenthal was a hot topic during the Benghazi questioning last week, where Republicans took issue with the amount of access he had to Clinton. Clinton said she found some of the unsolicited information he sent interesting, and discarded some of it.
The email batch featured a few struggles with technology for the former secretary of state who spawned the popular “Texts From Hillary” meme.
“How does this work,” Clinton asks aides after getting a request to “connect” on the website LinkedIn. Another email contains a link to an article and asks aide Huma Abedin what her New York Times password is.
And after Clinton started using an older Blackberry, apparently for familiarity’s sake, she told aides: “I am quite bereft that I’ve lost the emoticons from my latest new old berry. Is there anyway I can add them?”
The Valentine’s Day email is followed by one a few months later, when Clinton has a “new berry.”
“Here’s my question,” she wrote, “on this new berry can I get smiley faces?”