With its Friday dump — on Memorial Day weekend, no less — the State Department ensured that Hillary Clinton’s 296 Libya-related emails would receive limited news coverage.
But, according to The Daily Caller, the records are well worth reviewing because they contain important insight into Clinton and her top aides’ views on Libya and Benghazi leading up to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack, which killed four Americans.
Here are some of the most interesting exchanges as The Daily Caller reviewed:
If one email chain comes back to haunt Clinton on the campaign trail it would be an April 4, 2012, message top aide Jake Sullivan sent touting Clinton’s “leadership on Libya.”
“HRC has been a critical voice on Libya in administration deliberations, at NATO, and in contact group meetings — as well as the public face of the U.S. effort in Libya,” Sullivan wrote. “She was instrumental in securing the authorization, building the coalition, and tightening the noose around Qadhafi and his regime.”
While deposing Gaddafi was seen as a major U.S. victory at the time, the attack at Benghazi and its vulnerability to Islamist groups like ISIS calls Clinton’s and the Obama administration’s intervention there into question.
Clinton missed a President’s Daily Brief meeting on the morning of Sept. 15, 2012, just days after the Benghazi attack, because she overslept.
Monica Hanley, a Clinton aide, sent an email to Clinton at 9:17 a.m. stating that a briefer “has some sensitive items that he would like to personally show you when he arrives.”
Clinton responded at 10:43 a.m., stating “just woke up so i [sic] missed Dan. Could he come back after finish my calls?”
Interested in a movie on morning of the Benghazi attack
Early on the morning of Sept. 11, 2012, before the attack on Benghazi, Clinton had a movie on her mind. But she wasn’t thinking of “Innocence of Muslims,” the short film that the Obama administration initially falsely blamed for the Benghazi attack. Instead, she emailed aides Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin seeking a copy of “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the Libyan civil war directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy and produced by her friend, Harvey Weinstein.
Clinton was interviewed for the film, which Weinstein claimed depicted the secretary’s “leadership” in Libya.
After Clinton learned that ambassador Chris Stevens and Sean Smith, a Foreign Service officer, had been killed at Benghazi, she sent an email to several top aides asking if she should issue a statement that night or the following day.
The only problem was, Clinton flubbed the two murdered Americans’ names. Her email was entitled “Chris Smith.” None of the aides on the email chain — Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Victoria Nuland — corrected the mistake.
Clinton’s aides prepared her speech for a Clinton Foundation event
Emails from Sept. 22, 2012, just 10 days after the Benghazi attack, show that Clinton was concerned with a speech she was set to give on behalf of her family charity, the Clinton Foundation.
Her aide, Jake Sullivan, wrote that “Megan is working on a development speech but please read the below if you can this afternoon.”
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