Hillary Clinton Urges State Department to Release E-Mails 'Quickly'
For the first time in a month, Hillary Clinton took questions from reporters Tuesday, saying she wants e-mails that are at the heart of a controversy on Capitol Hill released as soon as possible.
"I want them out as soon as they can get out," she said.
The brief session with reporters followed a roundtable in Iowa, where she was asked about another question dogging her campaign: where she stands on the Trans Pacific Trade Agreement. She said she's withholding judgement until she sees the final deal.
Clinton's comments come after 29 days in which she took no questions from the press, a stretch that earned criticism from potential Republican rivals and also the media. Even one Democratic strategist, David Axelrod, urged her to hold a news conference.
Her request for a quick release of the emails, sent from a personal server while she was secretary of state and turned over to the State Department when their existence was revealed, coincided with a federal district court judge ordering the department to move more quickly on their release.
So far, fewer than 300 of some 30,000 emails have been turned over to congressional investigators. The State Department has proposed a review that could take until January. But U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras, an Obama appointee, rejected that on Tuesday afternoon, telling the department to release the emails more quickly, as soon as they are reviewed.
In Iowa, Clinton told reporters that she wants a faster release schedule too, expressing a hope that the agency she once headed will "please move as quickly as they possibly can."
She also addressed questions over the appropriateness of her e-mail exchanges with Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime associate, about Libya while she was secretary of state.
"When you're in the public eye, when you're in an official position, I think you do have to work to make sure you're not caught in a bubble and you only hear from a certain small group of people," she said. "I'm going to keep talking to my old friends, whoever they are."