First Batch of Hillary Clinton Emails Since Benghazi Testimony Released

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Emails between Hillary Clinton and Obama to be kept secret, White House says.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new batch of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails released Friday presented a glimpse into the breadth of her personal network — a Rolodex of powerful celebrities, CEOs, political advisers and politicians that she’s now tapping for her presidential campaign. Emails exchanged between Hillary Rodham Clinton and President Obama while she was serving as his secretary of State may remain secret until long after he leaves the White House.

Hillary Clinton would like the final word on Benghazi and her e-mail scandal to be the House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing where her fortitude and Republicans’ ineptitude were on full display. Obama administration officials say they will not publicly release the exchanges, citing legal precedent that allows presidents to keep such communications confidential. Lady Gaga complimented her, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised her for doing the “Lord’s Work,” Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi asked for technology help and former President Jimmy Carter pitched in on negotiations with North Korea.

Fewer than two dozen emails passed between Clinton and Obama, and they were “largely non-substantive,” a person with knowledge of the exchanges said. Email flattery of this sort is a common tactic in the everyday workplace, but the Clinton emails show how it comes into play at the highest levels of government.

Friday’s document release is the sixth of its kind and with it, more than half of the messages turned over to the agency have now been made publicly available. Actor Ben Affleck, a longtime Clinton supporter, urged her in April 2012 to review a draft of a report about security problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The 268 emails now deemed classified in this batch are at the lowest classification tier, according to State Department spokesman John Kirby, who said that none of these emails “were marked classified at the time they were sent or received.” There are now between 600 and 700 emails newly marked as classified since the releases began in May. Hours later, Clinton emailed an aide, “I’d like to respond to Ben Affleck.” A day later, she reminded an aide that she was still waiting for the aide to draft a reply: “I haven’t yet received a draft and would like to respond today.” In another December 2011 note, civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson reached out to Clinton’s staff with a request to talk to her before his visit to South Africa, asking how best to “represent her/Admin thinking on any issues/opportunities that might arise.” He was quickly added to her call list.

Clinton she is doing a “spectacular job,” that she has many admirers and that her remarks were “pitch perfect.” They assure her she looks “gorgeous” in photos and commend her clothing choices. On Friday, hours before the email release, Jackson touted Clinton’s candidacy before a meeting of black pastors in Atlanta, saying: “It’s healing time.

The White House acknowledgment came as the State Department released another 7,000 pages Friday of messages that Clinton sent or received while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. Clinton often solicited the feedback, asking aides “How do you think it went?” and “What’s the verdict on the article?” Rare is the response that offered a whiff of constructive criticism.

It’s Hillary Clinton time.” 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. When Republicans tried to buttonhole Clinton because State declined numerous requests for additional security at the Benghazi compound that was later over-run, Clinton largely waved them off. Yet Clinton’s place in preference polls has improved since the first Democratic primary debate, in which her chief primary rival, Vermont independent Sen. In a series of bullet points sent to “H2” at 8:34 a.m., Abedin listed steps State was taking to secure Afghanistan and Pakistan embassies, including “increasing the number of hooches, and doubling up staff in lodging.” “[W]e need to improve the security perimeter — acquiring property adjacent to our current facilities in Kabul, which is now difficult to secure,” one bullet reads. “Long-term, we need embassies in these countries adequate to serve the mission. Bernie Sanders, defused the issue, saying “the American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” Roughly half of Clinton’s 30,000 work-related emails are now public, and the State Department’s effort to release the rest will linger into next year.

Most of the correspondence made public to date involves the mundane workings of government — scheduling meetings, organizing secure phone lines and booking flights. In Kabul, we need facilities adequate to size the mission needed.” First, if she was involved in some embassy security matters but not Libya’s, it is worth asking why. A few of the emails hint at the ways Clinton maintained her network of campaign donors, even while serving in a position at a distance from electoral politics. In a June 2011 message, an aide informs Clinton that longtime donor Susie Buell contributed $200,000 toward a summit at which Clinton was scheduled to speak. Slaughter responded: “Lee Kwan Yew admires transformative leadership under very tough conditions…all the more of a compliment to WJC (although, in my humble opinion, an HRC presidency would be even greater :-)).” Academics and experts who’ve studied the issue said that a fawning tone is a proven way of winning favor with the boss.

In April 2011, Clinton’s aides received a request from Jose Villarreal, a former Clinton campaign adviser from Texas, to speak at the launch of a project she asked him to start involving U.S. engagement with Mexico. Where was the plan, and was she taking action to see it was being followed?) Second, while Republicans have not explained this sufficiently, the reason Clinton had to come back to testify a second time and why we are still getting new information is solely attributable to her failure to turn over all e-mails in a timely manner. Clinton told her aides to develop a press and social media outreach “to every possible group.” Villarreal now serves as her campaign’s treasurer.

She and her lawyer have made a fine art of delay and deflection, but it is nevertheless a reminder of how the Clinton scandal-defense machine operates. Clinton’s looks could cause her to wonder what her staffers are doing with their time or whether they are being sincere, according to workplace etiquette experts. “People see through that very quickly,” said Bruce Mayhew, a corporate trainer based in Toronto. “I would suggest that if people are giving a lot of flattery to Hillary, then she would have noticed that pretty quickly.

A succinct, publicly released letter pointing out the issues raised in each batch is appropriate, as is a request for written answers submitted under oath. (It is not as if the committee would get more information from its amateurish in-person hearings.) If there are conflicts with prior testimony that’s significant. She requests her password for The New York Times website, asks for help using the phone, searches for books and apologizes to old law school friends for being slow to reply to their emails. And certainly in the presidential race, where answers can be extracted in debates and other venues, voters can judge for themselves how candid and competent she was. Philippe Reines responded, “For email, no, I don’t think so – you need to type them out manually like for happy, or :-ll if you want to express anger at my tardiness.” Associated Press writers David Scott, Catherine Lucey, Jack Gillum, Ted Bridis, Ken Thomas, Matthew Lee, Stephen Braun, Wendy Benjaminson, Tami Abdollah, Michael Biesecker, Eileen Sullivan, Jeff Horwitz, Matthew Daly and Alicia Caldwell contributed to this report.

Beth Livingston, an assistant professor of human resource studies at Cornell University, says research shows that employees who compliment their bosses are more likely to be rewarded and even promoted, she said. “The person who is doing the flattering tends to be more in the good graces of their boss, which gives them more career success,” Ms. Livingston said. “Hillary Clinton definitely wants to believe that she rocked that interview.” Both female and male friends and colleagues felt free to weigh in on Mrs.

Clinton in Kabul, he emailed to say “love the coat.” It is trickier for male employees to compliment a female boss on her appearance, experts said. It should not be inappropriate, said Diane Gottsman, an etiquette expert. “If a man is telling a woman, ‘You look fabulous in that suit,’ you have to think about the message that you’re sending.” It may be no accident that Mrs.

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