The State Department dropped a bombshell on Hillary Clinton this week when they released 44 previously-unreleased email exchanges that the Democratic presidential nominee failed to include among the 30,000 private messages she turned over to the government last year.
According to the Associated Press, the emails feature Clinton interacting with lobbyists, political and Clinton Foundation donors and business interests as secretary of state. The emails were obtained by Judicial Watch as part of their lawsuit against the State Department.
The newly-released emails cover Clinton’s first three months as Secretary of State in 2009. The State Department found these emails during a search of agency computer files from longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
One of the exchanges was with Stephen Roach, then-chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, an investment executive whom Clinton met with later that year at her office in Washington. Roach told Clinton he was planning to testify before Congress that week and was “happy to help in any way I can.” He later met with Clinton for 30 minutes weeks after the exchange.
In another email, Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, informed her that National Security Agency and State Department officials discussed an attempt to develop a modified blackberry for Clinton that could be used while she worked in a restricted State Department office that did not allow private phones.
It remains to be seen what impact these new emails will have on the election.