Monday 19 March 2018

Hillary aide 'sought concussion advice from NFL chief'

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton

Rachael Alexander

A new tranche of Hillary Clinton's private emails has reveal intimate details of her private life.

Among the latest is an exchange that followed her concussion after she fainted at home in 2012.

"Having a cracked head is no fun at all," she emailed Philippe Reines, her communications aide.

"Speaking of your cracked head," he replied, "I reached out to both the NFL commissioner (I remembered that his dad held your Senate seat) and Bill Frist. Frist responded wonderfully and is ready to help."

The NFL has endured years of criticism for injuries suffered by players, allegedly leading to long-term mental health problems.

In a further exchange, Mr Reines explained that he was not trying to find her a new doctor but to help deflect criticism from conservative commentators.

"Sorry, didn't mean medically. Wouldn't ever do that," he wrote. "I meant I enlisted their help in my ongoing efforts to undermine the John Boltons and Laura Ingrahams of the world, who are belittling your health."

She replied five minutes later: "That makes a lot of sense. As always, thanks for defending me, my friend."

Most of the emails show her as secretary of state dealing with the complicated politics of the Arab Spring, fending off questions about her role in the deadly 2012 Benghazi attacks and attempting to navigate an intensifying conflict between Israel and Palestine.

But they also give a glimpse into the private side of one of the world's most public people. Ms Clinton's notes show her searching for videos on how to do a "fishtail bun" hairstyle and struggling to find the TV drama 'Homeland'. The roughly 7,800 pages of emails released on Monday were part of a court-ordered disclosure of correspondence sent from the private server Ms Clinton used while she was secretary of state.

Ms Clinton, now the front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, has faced questions about whether her unusual email setup was sufficient to ensure the security of government information and retention of records.

Two-thirds of Ms Clinton's 30,000 work-related emails are now at least partially in the public eye.

Also hidden among the diplomatic memos is a Sunday afternoon exchange that shows her as a senior citizen confused by her cable TV box.

"Do you know what channel on the TV in DC is the program listing?" she asked Mr Reines, her communications aide, in an email headed "stupid question".

"And, specifically, what channel number is Showtime?"

Six minutes later, she added: "Because I want to watch 'Homeland'."

The episode that night featured the revelation that Nicholas Brody, a hero Marine, had taped a martyrdom message before an aborted suicide bombing at the State Department.

Irish Independent

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