Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin wanted her boss to use an official Department of State email address or give her one to the department, according to emails made public Friday afternoon.
“We should talk about putting you on State email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam,” Abedin wrote to Clinton in a Nov. 13, 2010, email. “It’s not the phone message system, it’s the device delay.”
Clinton, emailing Abedin from her “HDR22@clintonemail.com” account, was trying to set up a call with “Kouchner,” presumably Bernard Kouchner, dismissed from his position as France’s foreign minister the same day as the Abedin-Clinton email exchange. Clinton did not follow up on the suggestion in the same email chain.
The exchange, highlighting the problems with Clinton’s use of a private email address, server and BlackBerry devices to conduct State Department business, was part of the second batch of deleted emails the FBI recovered from Clinton’s server and handed over to the State Department.
Clinton claimed she handed over all work-related emails to the State Department. But FBI Director James Comey, in his July announcement that the FBI would not recommend prosecuting Clinton after a year-long investigation, said Clinton deleted thousands of work-related emails. (RELATED: Hillary Clinton Deleted Emails With Her Email Server Technician)
A federal court ordered the State Department to release at least three batches of Clinton emails before the Nov. 8 presidential election. Clinton’s use of a private email address and server has become a central issue in her Democratic bid for the presidency.
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