The State Department released its first batch of Hillary Clinton emails Friday, a total of 296 documents from between 2011 and 2012 related to Benghazi. In case you have nothing else to do during the Memorial Day weekend, you can read them all yourself here.
From Fox News:
The emails, just a fraction of what the department has in its custody, show internal communications before and after the Benghazi terror attack in 2012. One email to Clinton, regarding one of then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s TV appearances the Sunday after the attack, appeared to praise her for reflecting their “view” that the attack was “spontaneous.”
Despite this email,other guidance has emerged showing Clinton and others were warned shortly after the attack that it may have been planned by Al Qaeda-tied fighters, and not a “spontaneous” reaction to an anti-Islam Internet video.
Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the emails were given to a House committee investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
Harf said redactions were made according to Freedom of Information Act Standards. There’s also this:
Another email in the batch showed Clinton received information on her private email server that has now been classified about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack.
The information was not classified at the time the email was sent but was upgraded from “unclassified” to “secret” on Friday at the request of the FBI, according to State Department officials. They said 23 words of the Nov. 18, 2012, message were redacted from the day’s release of 296 emails totaling 896 pages to protect information that could damage foreign relations. Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated, but Friday’s redaction shows that Clinton received sensitive information on her unsecured personal server.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, released a written statement about the Friday email release:
“It is also important to remember these email messages are just one piece of information that cannot be completely evaluated or fully understood without the total record. The Committee is working to collect and evaluate all of the relevant and material information necessary to evaluate the full range of issues in context,” he said. “We will not reach any investigative conclusions until our work is complete, but these emails continue to reinforce the fact that unresolved questions and issues remain as it relates to Benghazi.”
He reiterated that the committee wants Clinton to turn over her personal server and “the full body of emails over to a neutral, detached, independent third party for review.”
Gowdy has delayed Clinton’s testimony before the panel until it receives and evaluates all of the requested emails.