A fresh lot of Hillary Clinton’s emails out on Friday offered an insight into the extent of her own network – a who’s who of influential celebrities, CEOs, political advisers and politicians whom she is now drumming for her presidential battle.As secretary of state Clinton and her team received greetings and requests from a long list of names that complimented her, including pop singer Lady Gaga, Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former US president Jimmy Carter.
Clinton’s private email address was unknown to much of official Washington but not to Ben Affleck. The longtime Clinton supporter urged her in April 2012 to review a draft of a report about security problems in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
|Hillary Clinton's Emails: Celebrities From Ben Affleck To Lady Gaga Checked In.|
The response to Affleck was censored in the email released on Friday by the State Department because it was a draft version.
In another December 2011 note the civil rights leader and former presidential candidate Jesse Jackson contacted Clinton’s staff with a request to talk to her before his visit to South Africa, asking how best to “represent her/admin thinking on any issues/opportunities that might arise”. He was quickly added to her call list.
On Friday, hours before the email release, Jackson touted Clinton’s candidacy before a meeting of black pastors in Atlanta, saying: “It’s healing time. It’s hope time. It’s Hillary Clinton time.”
Clinton has faced questions about whether her unusual email setup, which involved a private server located at her New York home, was sufficient to ensure the security of government information and retention of records.
At least two Senate committees are still investigating Clinton’s email arrangement and seeking the release of correspondence from her top aides. The FBI is also investigating the security of Clinton’s private email setup.
Yet Clinton’s place in preference polls has improved since the first Democratic primary debate, in which her chief primary rival, Vermont independent Senator Bernie Sanders, defused the issue, saying: “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
|Then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton using her smartphone onboard a C-17 military plane. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/AP|
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