Clinton emails: Gefilte fish, TV shows and redactions – CNN
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The newest trove of more than 7,000 of Hillary Clinton’s emails were released Monday night by the State Department, showcasing more of the mundane political notes and scheduling requests that have made up earlier releases.
That’s despite 125 of those emails — which weren’t classified at the time — being retroactively classified before they were released. All or portions of some unclassified emails are redacted, too.
The emails show Clinton was a little obsessed with criticism from Fox News, once closely tracked a trade dispute involving gefilte fish and was eager to check out NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” and CBS’ “The Good Wife.”
They highlight her close relationship with Sidney Blumenthal and even feature an IT staffer trying to figure out why her email — which wasn’t a government one — was causing bounce-backs.
Here are some of the most interesting notes included in Friday’s release:
Sid Blumenthal’s not-so-unsolicited advice
Clinton has said the emails with foreign policy advice from long-time friend Sidney Blumenthal were unsolicited. That might be true — but she certainly took them seriously, even thanking him for sending them at one point. She also told Blumenthal that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, loves his analysis.
“Thx for helping keep me informed along the way,” she wrote in response to a Blumenthal note about the United Kingdom.
In another, Clinton tells Blumenthal that she “Just had drinks w Miliband who is still very worried” about the 2010 elections in the United Kingdom.
She even asked to have a New York Times op-ed Blumenthal forwarded printed and delivered to her house.
If the Clintons liked what Blumenthal had to say, House Speaker John Boehner might not. In one memo, he told Clinton insurgent House Republicans “are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy.”
IT doesn’t know Clinton’s email
One of the State Department’s “Help Desk Analysts” noticed that one government emailer had been getting bounce-backs from Clinton’s address.
That analyst emailed Clinton directly, appearing not to know who he was contacting, asking her to confirm that she’d received it.
Aide Huma Abedin explained what had happened, noting that a staffer had tried to contact Clinton but noticed her email was down and asked IT for help.
Abedin wrote to Clinton: “She called the email help desk at state (I guess assuming u had state email) and told them that. They had no idea it …Read More