In an effort to maintain transparency in the wake of the controversy, the State Department released about 300 of Clinton's 30,000 emails, which she turned over on Friday. More emails will be made public — this is only the first round — according to CNN, and the communication offers insight into Clinton's handling of the 2012 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
Today, at approximately 12:30pm, @StateDept will make publicly available online 296 emails from former Secretary Clinton’s email account.— Department of State (@StateDept) May 22, 2015
The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks.— Department of State (@StateDept) May 22, 2015
While the emails seem to be mostly all business and politics, the exchanges also gave us a little glimpse of Clinton's personality and her day-to-day life.
Here's some of what we learned about Clinton from her published emails.
In an email to two of her aides who were going to testify on her behalf because of a concussion she had suffered, Clinton makes a quip about her "cracked head."
In several of her email conversations, Clinton asks, "Can you talk?" or "Can you call me?" in response to information presented. Sometimes real interaction is just more productive.
In an email with a time stamp of 10:43 a.m., Clinton notes that she missed seeing someone because she "just woke up." There's no doubt the woman probably burns the midnight oil working, so a late morning on a Saturday is undoubtedly well deserved.
Clinton's staff often sent her articles or transcripts in which she was mentioned and Clinton would forward them to another staff member to print for her. She also requested that someone call Greta Van Susteren after a December 2012 interview with John McCain in which the journalist backed up Clinton's disputed claims that she had a head injury.
Just kidding! But we did notice that, like the characters on the dearly departed CW hit show, Clinton is addressed by her staff simply by her first initial, "H."
Every moment of Clinton's life is planned out, down to the minute. Here's a sample agenda:
In an email to aide Huma Abedin with the subject title "Request," Clinton writes, "Can you get us a copy of Bernard Henri-Lévy's film about Libya? I think Harvey made it and it showed at Cannes last spring." The "Harvey" referenced is most likely Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, who purchased the rights to French philosopher and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy's documentary, The Oath of Tobruk, in 2012.
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