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Clinton Emails: 5 Best Mentions of Members of Congress

The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
The NRCC wanted donors to be "Benghazi watchdogs" over Clinton. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Another day brings another batch of emails from the inbox of Hillary Rodham Clinton. In addition to a memo on how to impeach Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and inquiries on when to catch episodes of “Parks and Recreation” and “The Good Wife,” the latest collection of emails from the former secretary of State’s time at Foggy Bottom includes several that made particular mention of members of Congress, past and present.  

After sifting through the data dump, HOH compiled five of the best and most revealing name checks of senators and representatives, either from Clinton herself or her illustrious associates. 1. Barbara + Hillary = Best Friends Forever. The email exchanges between the former secretary and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., offer an eye-opening glimpse of Clinton’s seemingly genuine affection for her former Senate colleague — including no judgement of Mikulski’s apparent inability to type messages on a mobile device.

From: Mikulski, BAM (Mikulski)
To: H
Sent: Mon Mar 22 20:00:34 2010
Subject: Nuns. Health. Care
Whew once again u are in the thick of thing— but didn’t it make your heart feel good about the passage of. Health. Care—-and. The. Nuns pushed it over the finish line—-as usual in the fcore front of. Social. Justice and a daring willingness. To break with the. Boys if you need a tonic. Go to the. Nuns exhibit @ the. Smithsonian— Ripley. Center. Gives the 250 year history of. Nuns in. Usa. And their role in shaping. Our country and producing 1000s of women leaders with names like. Pelosi. Mikulski. Ferrar0. Sebilius. takes less than a hour. You are doing great
From: H
Sent: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:47 AM
To: ‘’
Subject: Re: Nuns. Health. Care
Let’s hear it for the nuns–I knew when they came out, the die was cast and Bart would get his knuckles rapped. Now, let’s wrap this up in the Senate and go drink something unhealthy! All your AIPAC friends told me you’re doing well so take care and keep going–w the wind at you back and my fervent cheers–Hillary

And because they’re just too precious, here’s another back-and-forth that transports us to a simpler time when Clinton was giving well-wishes to then-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, currently one of her opponents for the Democratic nomination for president. Also, Mikulski makes a reference, albeit misspelled, to the food of her people.

From: H
To: Mikulski, BAM (Mikulski)
Sent: Sun Apr 25 11:12:28 2010
Subject: Good luck on a good start!
I loved your comments at your re-election kickoff and hope you’ve scared off all the would-be opponents.
How’s our friend, Martin, doing? I know he has a rematch when he should be reelected by acclamation for steering the ship of state so well. Pls give him my best wishes.
And go get ’em! Your friend and booster, Hillary
From: Mikulski, BAM (Mikulski)
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 12:13 PM
To: H
Subject Re: Good luck on a good start!
Wow What a nice suprise. Thanks 4 words of support and enthusiasm alas my gain has given omaaley his nemisis. The erlichs r running 4 gov. Both husband/wife were looking @ senate. But. Dem. Md. Will be like NATO. An. Attack on one an attack on all am zipping around the. State and. Tweeting. Can u believe it. Along way from our perogi tours. NY. —- your are the best

. Loretta Sanchez Cometh. Who was talking about Obama’s trade agenda in 2010 before this year, when a fight over Trade Promotion Authority nearly caused the Democratic Party to implode? Well, a lot of people, including Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., who not only had concerns about the Trans-Pacific Partnership but was eager to take them up with Clinton personally.
Apparently fearful of some sort of ambush at a public event, Scot Marciel, the principal deputy assistant secretary for the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who was at the time the ambassador to Indonesia, sent this memo to Clinton’s aides:
From: Marciel, Scot A
To: Abedin, Huma
Cc: Sullivan, Jacob J; Gatz, Karen L
Sent: Thu Jan 21 09:19:22 2010
Subject: Urgent — Rep. Loretta Sanchez Re Vietnam HR
In case Rep. Loretta Sanchez engages the Secretary on the margins of her internet freedom speech, here is some quick background and a few suggested points we didn’t have time to clear it with anyone, but I thought better something than nothing. Scot
Representative Loretta Sanchez asked yesterday to speak with you regarding her concerns that the Administration is moving too fast in the direction of providing economic benefits to Vietnam — for example, granting access to the General System of Preferences (GSP), permitting participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as an associate member — even as the human rights situation deteriorates. Sanchez may try to button-hole you at your Internet speech today.
Unfortunately, Marciel’s talking points were scrubbed from the released email for confidentiality purposes, so we’ll never know what smart, snappy arguments Clinton might have had at her disposal.
3. Smile When You Call Me a “Louche.” Webster’s Dictionary defines it as “not reputable or decent,” but Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal might pair it with “John A. Boehner.” Blumenthal used this choice adjective and others to describe the Ohio Republican, then the minority leader but on the very precipice of becoming speaker. On that fateful Nov. 2, 2010, midterm Election Day when Republicans retook control of the House, Blumenthal had these choice words to share with Clinton:

 “Boehner is despised by the younger, more conservative members of the House Republican Conference. They are repelled by his personal behavior. He is louche, alcoholic, lazy, and without any commitment to any principle … He is careworn and threadbare, banal and hollow, holding nobody’s enduring loyalty. Boehner is beholden and somewhat scared of his base. He twitches when they make gestures that might undermine his position … Boehner is neither feared nor loved.”

Tell us what you really think. In fairness, however, Blumenthal’s prediction that Boehner would have trouble controlling his conference ended up not being so far off the mark.
4. Trouble in Haiti. In the aftermath of the devastating earthquake there in early 2010, plenty of congressional Democrats thought they knew what was best in terms of response, small scale and large. Emails to Clinton and her aides describe some of the tense interactions with lawmakers.
Take this small snippet readout of a staff briefing with Rep. Nita M. Lowey, D-N.Y., the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee who in 2010 was the chairwoman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations:
From: Smith, Daniel B
Sent: Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:30 PM
To: Mills, Cheryl D; Abedin, Huma; Sullivan, Jacob J
Subject: 2/25/10 Senior Staff and Regional Bureaus Meetings
Jack reported briefly on his conversations with Lowey and Oberstar on Haiti. Lowey raised two concerns: first, that we don’t care about education in Haiti and, second, that we don’t care about education in general.
And then there was that time then-Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Fla., went rogue and traveled to Haiti without notifying the State Department or complying with recommendations from his own congressional staff:
From: Bulgrin, Julie K
To: Verma, Richard R; Adams, David S; Rooney, Matthew M; Turk, David M
Sent: Sun Jan 17 10:46:24 2010
Subject: Rep. Meek is Haiti – details
Flew into Santo Domingo last night. Went overland to PaP. With Amb. Merten in Haiti.
About to do an aerial tour w/Amb. Planning on going out with S. Florida search and response teams. (Was former State trooper so we think he has some experience in search and rescue, but cannot know for sure.) He’s doing this on his own, so we’re not sure what he’s planning.
His staff had been trying to persuade him not to travel for at least the immediate future, but it clearly didn’t work. He has received too many phone calls from constituents encouraging him to go.
5. Before There Was Issa, There Was Burton. The next State Department email dump will probably include some special vocabulary for Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who hadn’t yet begun his tenure as Oversight and Government Reform chairman wherein he systematically terrorized Clinton and everybody else in the Obama administration. Clinton, however, did recall in a Dec. 30, 2010, email something about one of Issa’s predecessors, then-Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind. “Can you believe Dan Burton will be the chair of one of the House subcommittees we’ll have to deal w? Irony and satire are the only sane responses.”
David Kendall, a Clinton lawyer who is now advising her on the email server controversy, offered this snarky reply: “One other rational response to the Burton elevation occurs to me: strong alcoholic drink! Have a wonderful new year!”

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