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The Hillary Clinton Email Scandal That Wasn't

Hillary Clinton's latest email dump provides conservatives with nothing at all to cheer about
The Hillary Clinton Email Scandal That Wasn't

Trey Gowdy and conservatives around the country have been trying to find any dirt they can on Hillary Clinton and it's finally become an embarrassment. The latest non-story occurred when a plethora of Clinton emails were released and the media poured over them in a frenzy to find anything they could to smear her with.

The State Department released a trove of email messages on Tuesday night from Hillary Rodham Clinton’s first year as secretary of state amid deep curiosity in both parties about what they will show as she mounts her second campaign for the White House.

Many of the messages concern simple logistics and scheduling, with Mrs. Clinton confirming meetings at the White House or seeking to rearrange her calendar to accommodate various demands. Others are messages from aides or other administration officials praising her public performances or checking to see if she minded her email address being given out.\

Unlike previous batches of emails released since Mrs. Clinton turned over messages to the State Department, these did not concern the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that has been the subject of a Republican-led congressional inquiry. Instead, they cover a range of everyday events as well as matters like the war in Afghanistan, women’s issues and the dispute between Turkey and Armenia in 2009, three years before the Benghazi attack.

The cache of emails has been the subject of intense interest for months. Although the State Department initially wanted to release the messages — more than 55,000 pages — all at once next January after reviewing them for sensitive material, a judge ordered the department to release them on a monthly basis. The messages released on Tuesday night cover about 3,000 pages.

What were the big revelations that the Daily Mail revealed? She didn't know how to work the fax machine:

Email bombshells from Hillary's secret account show she didn't know when cabinet meetings were held, was dumbfounded by a fax machine and emailed aides to fetch her iced tea.

Hillary Clinton's emails have been a subject of partisan finger-pointing and hand-wringing since the revelation in April that she had used a private home-brew server to store her messages during the four years she was secretary of state.They describe the ordinary and the shocking – everything from meeting recaps to the involvement in the agency of Sidney Blumenthal, Clinton's 2008 election hatchet-man who had officially been exiled from the administration.


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They also paint the onetime first lady and New York senator as technologically maladroit – she was all thumbs with an office fax machine – and distant enough from her husband Bill that their aides kept each informed about the other's doings.

She used her email to let aides know she was thirsy. 'Pls call Sarah and ask her if she can get me some iced tea,' one message read.

Powerline's Scott Johnson summed it up nicely: Martosko derives much hilarity from the emails. I am afraid, however, that the joke is on us.

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