Judicial Watch on Thursday released 1,617 new pages of State Department documents that crossed the unsecure, non-state.gov email account of Huma Abedin, who served as Hillary Clinton's top aide, scheduler and gate-keeper.
Judicial Watch notes that the documents include 97 email exchanges with Clinton that were not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total so far to at least 627 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton did turn over.
Judicial Watch obtained the documents, many with redacted information, under the Freedom of Information Act, but it took a lawsuit and then a court order to pry them out of the State Department.
Skimming through these and other emails, one gets the impression that it took a village to manage the Secretary. So many people, tending to so many details: Her schedule, her travel, her phone calls, her correspondence, her briefings, her menus, her meetings, her printer, her -- apples?
In October 2011, one of Clinton's State Department aides left her job, but not before she produced a "transition memo" outlining her many duties that others would now pick up:
Item number one involved "apples," as follows:
"I order apples for the Secretary's office from [a company in Maryland]," the departing staffer wrote. (The phone number, account number and driver's phone number are included in the memo, but we won't print it here.)
The Oct. 15. 2011 memo continues:
Be strategic when ordering. (Don't order a box of apples 10 days before the team goes on a huge trip -- they will go bad). [Company] will ask you if you want a large box or a small box; always pick the small one; there will always be more apples than you can use. Apples go in the blue bowl in her office, on the coffee table. Check them every day to be sure they are good, and refresh as needed. Be sure all stickers are removed, rinsed, and they should look "pretty," no brown spots or bruises. The "aesthetic misfits" can be put out in the 7th floor or 8th floor kitchen for the staff to enjoy.
A note accompanying the transition memo notes that Hillary Clinton was "direct-billed" for the cost of the apples, which "are for her personal use."
Two years earlier, in her first year as secretary of state, Clinton sent the same aide an email about apples: "Will we receive them this Fall? How can I buy some for personal use?" Clinton asked.
The aide responded, "For some reason our ny supplier just stopped sending them after the new year. I'll set up an account with them to ensure we get regular deliveries again."
"Be sure they know we'll be happy to pay for them. State and I," Clinton responded.
Putting the bowl of apples aside, Judicial Watch says the latest batch of emails is additional proof that "Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation."
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, "The clear and mounting evidence of pay for play and mishandling of classified information warrant a serious criminal investigation by an independent Trump Justice Department."