- The State Department typically unloads a new batch of Clinton emails on the last weekday of each month – in this case, New Year’s Eve
- Agency has to comply with the order of a federal judge who oversees the process and demands steady progress toward the total by January
- This month, however, only about 5,500 emails will hit the Internet instead of the 9,000 anticipated by the court order, and State will catch up ‘next week’
- The State Department’s rush job during the holidays will also omit subject lines, senders and recipients from its searchable online data
- For more of the latest on Hillary Clinton visit www.dailymail.co.uk/hillary
David Martosko, Us Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Nikki Schwab, U.s. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com
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The State Department released another 5,500 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails just hours before the New Year’s Eve ball is set to drop.
The dump was originally supposed to be much bigger, instead of the just 3,100 messages the public can now browse.
The total number of Clinton’s emails now deemed classified has climbed to 1,274, according to Politico, with 275 messages in this most recent cache being retroactively given the classified distinction.
Two emails released in the latest batch have been designated as ‘secret,’ the second-highest level of classification.
While the information wasn’t classified at the time, it could fuel more questions about whether sensitive information was at risk on her server.
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IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN: The Hillary Clinton ’email-gate’ dump will continue with a new batch to come on Thursday
SO FAR SO LITTLE: The emails have revealed more about Clinton’s television watching preferences, tendency to lose personal items like scarves and reliance on her aides to complete menial tasks than bombshells
The GOP immediately glommed on to the fact that Clinton had hit the 1,000-mark for classified emails, saying her decision to use a private email account and a homebrew server ‘looks even more reckless.’
‘When this scandal first broke, Hillary Clinton assured the American people there was no classified material on her unsecure server, a claim which has since been debunked on a monthly basis with each court-ordered release,’ RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a release.
Priebus added that Clinton ‘lacks the character and judgment,’ to be president of the United States.
Under the terms of a court-ordered schedule, the agency was expected to release a cache of nearly 9,000 pages to the public tonight. But State said in the late morning that the day’s document production would fall short.
Hillary’s old stomping ground – she ran the department until early in 2013 – said it ‘will make another production of former Secretary Clinton’s email sometime next week.’
‘We have worked diligently to come as close to the goal as possible, but with the large number of documents involved and the holiday schedule we have not met the goal this month,’ the statement added.
Some of the highlights from the new messages include an exchange between Clinton and her chief of staff Cheryl Mills.
Mills brings to her boss’ attention a photo of Clinton, on her Blackberry, sporting sunglasses, which has gone viral.
The image was the basis of the ‘Texts from Hillary’ meme.
Clinton doesn’t understand why an older picture is suddenly getting so much attention.
‘You look cute,’ Mills replies.
Hillary Clinton didn’t understand why this 2011 picture of her had gone viral a year later. ‘You look cute,’ her chief of staff explained
One of the new emails, Hillary Clinton’s aide Cheryl Mills explains to her why the photo, made famous by the site Texts from Hillary, went viral
Other emails simply shed light on day to day tasks at the State Department.
In one exchange, Clinton looks over her schedule and asks her special assistant Lona Valmoro if she can get out of a seated dinner to celebrate Ex-Im Bank chairman Fred Hochberg’s 60th birthday.
‘Can I drop by Fred dinner and leave?’ the secretary of state writes.
Valmoro replied that she’s checking to see if there’s a cocktail hour before the meal.
In another email, Clinton requests five copies of More magazine, so she can read a flattering profile about her trip to Burma and the influence that her late mother, Dorothy Rodham, had on her life.
In the same requests, she wants DVD copies of remarks by David Cameron and Meryl Streep, who had both introduced the secretary of state at an event.
A more serious exchange happened between former Defense Secretary Bob Gates and Clinton shortly after the Benghazi terror attack in Libya in 2012.
Gates writes Clinton and wishes her his condolences over the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens.
‘The Ambassador was a perfect role model of the kind of person we need representing us around the world, and the others had so much to give – and already had given so much,’ Gates writes.
It takes Clinton over a month to respond.
When she does, she thanks Gates.
‘I hope we have the chance for a visit – and, maybe a drink – in the next few months,’ she adds, and he responds by giving her a couple of dates to chose from.
On the sillier side, longtime Clinton aide Philippe Reines created a flowchart that indicated who should ride with the secretary of state when she’s being driven around by car or by limo.
The first spot went to Huma Abedin, now the Clinton campaign’s vice chairwoman.
After that, Jake Sullivan and Capricia Marshall got dibs, and then a ‘tolerable’ ambassador.
Reines also suggests that he should get an invitation to ride in the limo if his peers aren’t available for the trip.
‘Chutzpah!’ he writes at the end of the flowchart.
The email shows the aide recirculating the chart when, at first, people don’t respond.
‘Without positive reinforcement I’m not sure I can continue to really invest myself in these missives/diatribes,’ Reines said.
A federal judge ordered the monthly installments of documents comprising roughly 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over a year ago after a congressional investigation into the Benghazi terror attack discovered that she had exclusively used a private email address while she was in office.
The schedule calls for the emails to be released on the last weekday of each month, making the December portion due as the ball drops in Times Square Thursday night. In reality, the release will likely be made in the late afternoon.
The final batch will hit the Internet on January 29, just three days before Iowa’s presidential candidate caucuses.
Thursday’s documents were expected to cover 16 percent of the total.
Unlike with past installments, Thursday’s email release will not match the reporter-friendly formats from previous months, when subject fields, senders and recipients were scanned and converted to text so they could be searched.
Instead, a source at the State Department said, the emails will be presented only as scanned images – frustrating journalists intent on discovering what’s in them as New Year’s Eve parties get underway.
The State Department had trouble meeting its court-ordered goals in July and August as well, but pledged to get back on track after it brought in people from multiple intelligence agencies to help scour the files for classified information that couldn’t be made public.
So far the State Department has had to censor a total of 999 such emails, including a few that intelligence agency reviewers classified as ‘Top Secret.’
State itself, however, maintains that it has not classified any of Clinton’s emails at the Top Secret level.
That development has added pressure to Clinton as she campaigns for the White House. She originally said, nine months ago, that there were no classified materials on her private email server.
In later statements, the Democratic front-runner has tweaked her language to suggest that she never knowingly sent or received information that ‘was marked as classified’ at the time.
Her status as America’s top diplomat, however, carried with it the responsibility to know on sight what is and is not considered classified, and to protect anything that qualifies.
The former secretary of state maintained a private email server in her upstate New York home, conducting all her digital correspondence away from government officials and transparency officers.
Clinton acknowledged months ago that before handing over the roughly half of her emails that she deemed ‘work-related,’ she ordered the other half deleted.
What remains has mostly been mundane, disappointing Republicans who hoped for smoking-gun drama that could knock Hillary off her presidential perch.
But the classified emails have still exposed her to an FBI investigation, reportedly centering on whether she violated the Espionage Act – which criminalizes the negligent or reckless care of state secrets.
In September she swore under penalty of perjury that she had surrendered all of her work-related correspondence, but investigators are probing a hard drive said to contain copies of many of the erased messages.
Clinton paid a State Department computer expert, Bryan Pagliano, to run her home-brew email setup before and after she left the agency.
Pagliano, however, has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights and refused to speak with congressional investigators about his role in the scandal.
THE 2016 FIELD: WHO’S IN AND WHO’S OUT
A whopping 15 people from America’s two major political parties are candidates in the 2016 presidential election.
The field includes two women, an African-American and two Latinos. All but one in that group – Hillary Clinton – are Republicans.
At 12 candidates, the GOP field has already lost two current governors, two former governors and a sitting senator, but is but still deeper than ever.
A much smaller group of three Democrats includes a former secretary of state, a former governor and a current senator.
DEMOCRATS IN THE RACE
Hillary Clinton Former sec. of state
Age on Election Day: 69
Religion: United Methodist
Résumé:Former secretary of state. Former U.S. senator from New York. Former U.S. first lady. Former Arkansas first lady. Former law school faculty, University of Arkansas Fayetteville.
Education: B.A. Wellesley College. J.D. Yale Law School.
Family: Married to Bill Clinton (1975), the 42nd President of the United States. Their daughter Chelsea is married to investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, whose mother was a 1990s one-term Pennsylvania congresswoman.
Claim to fame: Clinton was the first US first lady with a postgraduate degree and presaged Obamacare with a failed attempt at health care reform in the 1990s.
Achilles heel: A long series of financial and ethical scandals has dogged Clinton, including recent allegations that her husband and their family foundation benefited financially from decisions she made as secretary of state. Her performance surrounding the 2012 terror attack on a State Department facility in Benghazi, Libya, has been catnip for conservative Republicans. And her presidential campaign has been marked by an unwillingness to engage journalists, instead meeting with hand-picked groups of voters.
Bernie Sanders* Vermont senator
Age on Election Day: 75
Base: Far-left progressives
Résumé:U.S. senator. Former U.S. congressman. Former mayor of Burlington, VT.
Education: B.A. University of Chicago.
Family: Married to Jane O’Meara Sanders (1988), a former president of Burlington College. He has one child from a previous relationship and is stepfather to three from Mrs. Sanders’ previous marriage. His brother Larry is a Green Party politician in the UK and formerly served on the Oxfordshire County Council.
Claim to fame: Sanders is an unusually blunt, and unapologetic pol, happily promoting progressivism without hedging. He is also the longest-serving ‘independent’ member of Congress – neither Democrat nor Republican.
Achilles heel: Sanders describes himself as a ‘democratic socialist.’ At a time of huge GOP electoral gains, his far-left ideas don’t poll well. He favors open borders, single-payer universal health insurance, and greater government control over media ownership.
* Sanders is running as a Democrat but has no party affiliation in the Senate.
Martin O’Malley Former Maryland governor
Age on Election Day: 53
Résumé:Former Maryland governor. Former city councilor and mayor of Baltimore, MD. Former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.
Education: B.A. Catholic University of America. J.D. University of Maryland.
Family: Married to Katie Curran (1990) and they have four children. Curran is a district court judge in Baltimore. Her father is Maryland’s attorney general. O’Malley’s mother is a receptionists in the Capitol Hill office of Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski.
Claim to fame: O’Malley pushed for laws in Maryland legalizing same-sex marriage and giving illegal immigrants the right to pay reduced tuition rates at public universities. But he’s best known for playing guitar and sung in a celtic band cammed ‘O’Malley’s March.’
Achilles heel: O’Malley may struggle in the Democratic primary since he endorsed Hillary Clinton eight years ago. If he prevails, he will have to run far enough to her left to be an easy target for the GOP. He showed political weakness when his hand-picked successor lost the 2014 governor’s race to a Republican. But most troubling is his link with Baltimore, whose 2016 race riots have made it a nuclear subject for politicians of all stripes.
Jim Webb, former Virginia senator
(withdrew Oct. 20, 2015)
Lincoln Chafee, former Rhode Island governor
(withdrew Oct. 23, 2015)
REPUBLICANS IN THE RACE
Jeb Bush Former Florida governor
Age on Election Day: 63
Résumé: Former Florida governor and secretary of state. Former co-chair of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy.
Education: B.A. University of Texas at Austin.
Family: Married to Columba Bush (1974), with three adult children. Noelle Bush has made news with her struggle with drug addiction, and related arrests. George P. Bush was elected Texas land commissioner in 2014. Jeb’s father George H.W. Bush was the 41st President of the United States, and his brother George W. Bush was number 43.
Claim to fame: Jeb was an immensely popular governor with strong economic and jobs credentials. He is also one of just two GOP candidates who is fluent in Spanish.
Achilles heel: Bush has angered conservatives with his permissive positions on illegal immigration (saying some border-crossing is ‘an act of love) and common-core education standards. His last name could also be a liability with voters who fear establishing a family dynasty in the White House.
Chris Christie New Jersey governor
Age on Election Day: 54
Base: Establishment-minded conservatives
Résumé: Governor of New Jersey. Former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. Former Morris County freeholder and lobbyist.
Governor of New Jersey. Former U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey. Former Morris County freeholder. Former statehouse lobbyist.
Education: B.A. University of Delaware, Newark, J.D. Seton Hall University.
Family: Married to Mary Pat Foster (1986) with four children.
Claim to fame: Pugnacious and unapologetic, Christie once told a heckler to ‘sit down and shut up’ and brings a brash style to everything he does. That includes the post-9/11 criminal prosecutions of terror suspects that made his reputation as a hard-charger.
Achilles heel: Christie is often accused of embracing an ego-driven and needlessly abrasive style. His administration continues to operate under a ‘Bridgegate’ cloud: At least two aides have been indicted in an alleged scheme to shut down lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge as political retribution for a mayor who refused to endorse the governor’s re-election.
Carly Fiorina Former tech CEO
Age on Election Day: 62
Résumé: Former CEO of Hewett-Packard. Former group president of Lucent Technologies. Former U.S. Senate candidate in California.
Education: B.A. Stanford University. UCLA School of Law (did not finish). M.B.A. University of Maryland. M.Sci. Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Family: Married to Frank Fiorina (1985), with one adult step-daughter and another who is deceased. She has two step-grandchildren. Divorced from Todd Bartlem (1977-1984).
Claim to fame: Fiorina was the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, something that could provide ammunition against the Democratic Party’s drive to make Hillary Clinton the first female president. She is also the only woman in the 2016 GOP field, making her the one Republican who can’t be accused of sexism.
Achilles heel: Fiorina’s unceremonious firing by HP’s board has led to questions about her management and leadership styles. And her only political experience has been a failed Senate bid in 2010 against Barbara Boxer.
Mike Huckabee Former Arkansas governor
Age on Election Day: 61
Religion: Southern Baptist
Résumé: Former governor and lieutenant governor of Arkansas. Former Fox News Channel host. Ordained minister and author.
Education: B.A. Ouachita Baptist University. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (did not finish).
Family: Married to Janet Huckabee (1974), with three adult children. Mrs. Huckabee is a survivor of spinal cancer.
Claim to fame: ‘Huck’ is a political veteran and has run for president before, winning the Iowa Caucuses in 2008 and finishing second for the GOP nomination behind John McCain. He’s known as an affable Christian and succeeded in building a huge following on his weekend television program, in which he frequently sat in on the electric bass with country & western groups and other ‘wholesome’ musical entertainers.
Achilles heel: Huckabee may have a problem with female voters. He complained in 2014 about Obamacare’s mandatory contraception coverage, saying Democrats want women to ‘believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar.’ He earned more scorn for hawking herbal supplements in early-2015 infomercials as a diabetes cure, something he has yet to disavow despite disagreement from medical experts.
Rand Paul Kentucky senator
Age on Election Day: 53
Résumé: US senator. Board-certified ophthalmologist. Former congressional campaign manager for his father Ron Paul.
Education: Baylor University (did not finish). M.D. Duke University School of Medicine.
Family: Married to Kelley Ashby (1990), with three sons. His father is a former Texas congressman who ran for president three times but never got close to grabbing the brass ring.
Claim to fame: Paul embraces positions that are at odds with most in the GOP, including an anti-interventionist foreign policy, reduced military spending, criminal drug sentencing reform for African-Americans and strict limits on government electronic surveillance – including a clampdown on the National Security Agency.
Achilles heel: Paul’s politics are aligned with those of his father, whom mainstream GOPers saw as kooky. Both Pauls have advocated for a brand of libertarianism that forces government to stop domestic surveillance programs and limits foreign military interventions.
Rick Santorum Former Penn. senator
Age on Election Day: 58
Résumé: Former US senator and former member of the House of Representatives from Pennsylvania. Former lobbyist who represented World Wrestling Entertainment.
Education: B.A. Penn State University. M.B.A. University of Pittsburgh. J.D. Penn State University Dickinson School of Law.
Family: Married to Karen Santorum (1990), with seven living children. One baby was stillborn in 1996. Another, named Isabella, is a special needs child with a genetic disorder.
Claim to fame: Santorum won the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucuses by a nose. He won by visiting all of Iowa’s 99 states in a pickup truck belonging to his state campaign director, a consultant who now works for Donald Trump.
Achilles heel: As a young lobbyist, Santorum persuaded the federal government to exempt pro wrestling from regulations governing the use of anabolic steroids. And the stridently conservative politician has attracted strong opposition from gay rights groups. One gay columnist held a contest to redefine his name, buying the ‘santorum.com’ domain to advertise the winning entry – which is too vulgar to print.
Rick Perry, former Texas governor
(withdrew Sept. 11, 2015)
Scott Walker, Wisconsin governor
(withdrew Sept. 21, 2015)
Bobby Jindal, Louisiana governor
(withdrew Nov. 17, 2015)
Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator
(withdrew Dec. 21, 2015)
George Pataki, former New York governor
(withdrew Dec. 29, 2015)
Ben Carson Retired physician
Age on Election Day: 65
Religion: Seventh-day Adventist
Résumé: Famous pediatric neurosurgeon, youngest person to head a major Johns Hopkins Hospital division. Founder of the Carson Scholars Fund, which awards scholarships to children of good character.
Education: B.A. Yale University. M.D. University of Michigan Medical School.
Family: Married to Candy Carson (1975), with three adult sons. The Carsons live in Maryland with Ben’s elderly mother Sonya, who was a seminal influence on his life and development.
Claim to fame: Carson spoke at a National Prayer Breakfast in 2013, railing against political correctness and condemned Obamacare – with President Obama sitting just a few feet away.
Achilles heel: Carson is inflexibly conservative, opposing gay marriage and once saying gay attachments formed in prison provided evidence that sexual orientation is a choice.
Ted Cruz Texas senator
Age on Election Day: 45
Religion: Southern Baptist
Base: Tea partiers
Résumé:U.S. senator. Former Texas solicitor general. Former U.S. Supreme Court clerk. Former associate deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush.
Education: B.A. Princeton University. J.D. Harvard Law School.
Family: Married to Heidi Nelson Cruz (2001), with two young daughters. His father is a preacher and he has two half-sisters.
Claim to fame: Cruz spoke on the Senate floor for more than 21 hours in September 2013 to protest the inclusion of funding for Obamacare in a federal budget bill. (The bill moved forward as written.) He has called for the complete repeal of the medical insurance overhaul law, and also for a dismantling of the Internal Revenue Service. Cruz is also outspoken about border security.
Achilles heel: Cruz’s father Rafael, a Texas preacher, is a tea party firebrand who has said gay marriage is a government conspiracy and called President Barack Obama a Marxist who should ‘go back to Kenya.’ Cruz himself also has a reputation as a take-no-prisoners Christian evangelical, which might play well in South Carolina but won’t win him points in the other early primary states and could cost him momentum if he should be the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Jim Gilmore Former Virginia governor
Age on Election Day: 67
Religion: United Methodist
Résumé: Former governor and attorney general of Virginia. Former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Former U.S. Army intelligence agent. President and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation. Board member of the National Rifle Association
Education: B.A. University of Virginia.
Family: Married to Roxane Gatling Gilmore (1977), with two adult children. Mrs. GIlmore is a survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Claim to fame: Gilmore presided over Virginia when the 9/11 terrorists struck in 1991, guiding the state through a difficult economic downturn after one of the hijacked airliners crashed into the Pentagon. He is nest known in Virginia for eliminating most of a much-maligned personal property tax on automobiles, working with a Democratic-controlled state legislature to get it passed and enacted.
Achilles heel: Gilmore is the only GOP or Democratic candidate for president who has been the chairman of his political party, giving him a rap as an ‘establishment’ candidate. A social-conservative crusader, he is loathed by the left for championing the state law that established 24-hour waiting periods for abortions. Gilmore also has a reputation as an indecisive campaigner, having dropped out of the 2008 presidential race in July 2007.
John Kasich Ohio governor
Age on Election Day: 64
Résumé: Governor of Ohio. Former chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee. Former Ohio congressman. Former Ohio state senator.
Education: B.A. The Ohio State University.
Family: Married to Karen Waldbillig (1997). Divorced from Mary Lee Griffith (1975-1980).
Claim to fame: Kasich was Ohio youngest-ever member of the state legislature at age 25. He’s known for a compassionate and working-class sensibility that appeals to both ends of the political spectrum. In the 1990s when Newt Gingrich led a Republican revolution that took over Congress, Kasich became the chairman of the House Budget Committee – a position for a wonk’s wonk who understands the nuanced intricacies of how government runs.
Achilles heel: Some of Kasich’s political positions rankle conservatives, including his choice to expand Ohio’s Medicare system under the Obamacare law, and his support for the much-derided ‘Common Core’ education standards program.
Marco Rubio Florida senator
Age on Election Day: 45
Résumé: US senator, former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, former city commissioner of West Miami
Education: B.A. University of Florida. J.D. University of Miami School of Law.
Family: Married to Jeanette Dousdebes (1998), with two sons and two daughters. Jeanette is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader who posed for the squad’s first swimsuit calendar.
Claim to fame: Rubio’s personal story as the son of Cuban emigres is a powerful narrative, and helped him win his Senate seat in 2010 against a well-funded governor whom he initially trailed by 20 points.
Achilles heel: Rubio was part of a bipartisan ‘gang of eight’ senators who crafted an Obama-approved immigration reform bill in 2013 which never became law – a move that angered conservative Republicans. And he was criticized in 2011 for publicly telling a version of his parents’ flight from Cuba that turned out to appear embellished.
Donald Trump Real estate developer
Age on Election Day: 70
Résumé: Chairman of The Trump Organization. Fixture on the Forbes 400 list of the world’s richest people. Star of ‘Celebrity Apprentice.’
Education: B.Sci. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Family: Married to Melania Trump (2005). Divorced from Ivana Zelníčková (1977-92) and Marla Maples(1993–99). Five grown children. Trump’s father Fred Trump amassed a $400 million fortune developing real estate.
Claim to fame: Trump’s niche in the 2016 campaign stems from his celebrity as a reality-show host and his enormous wealth – more than $10 billion, according to Trump. Because he can self-fund an entire presidential campaign, he is seen as less beholden to donors than other candidates. He has grabbed the attention of reporters and commentators by unapologetically staking out controversial positions and refusing to budge in the face of criticism.
Achilles heel: Trump is a political neophyte who has toyed with running for president and for governor of New York, but shied away from taking the plunge until now. His billions also have the potential to alienate large swaths of the electorate. And his Republican rivals have labeled him an ego-driven celeb and an electoral sideshow because of his all-over-the-map policy history – much of which agrees with today’s Democrats – and his past enthusiasm for anti-Obama ‘birtherism.’