Hillary Clinton E-Mails: State Department Releases Hundreds of Messages About Benghazi

This is the first batch of more than 55,000 e-mails to be released.

The documents made public today were provided to the House Select Committee on Benghazi several months ago in response to its request for more information about the incident that remains the most troubling moment in Clinton’s tenure at the State Department -- and a major vulnerability as she campaigns for the presidency.

"The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks, which have been known since the independent Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi attacks was released almost two and a half years ago," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement on Friday.

The documents cover the period from January 2011 through December 2012.

Among some of the findings from today's e-mail release:

The E-Mail That The FBI Redacted

The FBI redacted a portion of an email sent to Hillary Clinton on Nov. 18, 2012. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Clinton, and State Department officials have all acknowledged that the FBI chose to "classify" some of the names of Benghazi suspects in that e-mail.

'Nothing To This One'

In an e-mail to Clinton from her Deputy Chief of Staff, Jake Sullivan, he forwards the transcript of then-U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice’s appearance on a Sunday news show and writes there was, "Nothing to this one." Of course, that was one of the appearances where she famously gave inaccurate information about what had occurred during the Benghazi attack -- information the White House argued was the best of their knowledge at the time.

'What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

In late 2012 and early 2013, a serious concussion sidelined Clinton from her work at the State Department. Ill and dehydrated while suffering from a stomach virus in December 2012, Clinton fainted and fell at her home. After a follow-up exam revealed a blood clot in her head, requiring blood thinners and a hospital stay, Clinton returned work Jan. 7, 2013, but she missed an appearance at a Congressional hearing in late December. Here's a note Clinton sent to two top State Department officials who filled in for her at the hearing.

State Department Contacted Google, YouTube

At least one e-mails shows that the State Dept. reached out to the Internet search and video giants in the wake of the Benghazi attack.

Mistaken Identity?

When Clinton e-mails to check on the status of Ambassador Chris Stevens, she mistakenly refers to him as Chris Smith in the subject line. Whether she was referring to Chris Steven or Sean Smith, who both died in the attack, she got the name wrong.

‘Pls. Print’

Sec. Clinton likes hard copies, apparently. Many of her emails are forwards with just two words of text: “Pls. print.” Among the documents she asked for was “Benghazi Was Obama’s 3AM Call,” an article based on her famous 2007 attack ad.

During a campaign appearance in New Hampshire today, Clinton commented on the e-mail release:

"I'm glad that the emails are starting to come out," Clinton said. "I want people to be able to see all of them and it is the fact that we have released all of them that have any government relationship whatsoever. In fact, the State Department had the vast majority of those anyway because they went to what are called dot-gov accounts. I'm aware that the FBI has asked that a portion of one e-mail be held back. That happens in the process of Freedom of Information Act responses. But that doesn't change the fact that all the information in the emails was handled appropriately”.