Clinton Flippant About Her Emails: 'So Boring'

Susan Jones | August 23, 2016 | 5:50am EDT
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Hillary Clinton talks with Jimmy Kimmel during a break in the taping of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

( -- "I would be terrified if my emails were released," ABC's Jimmy Kimmel told Hillary Clinton on Monday, when she appeared on his late-night show.

"But Jimmy, my emails are so boring," Clinton said. "And I mean, I'm embarrassed about that, they're so boring. And so we've already realeased, I don't know, 30-thousand-plus, so what's few more?"

A federal judge on Monday gave the State Department one month to review another 14,900 emails that the FBI obtained as part of its investigation into Clinton's use of a private server. Those additional 14,900 emails surfaced long after Clinton said she'd given the State Department all of her work-related emails.

Kimmel asked Clinton on Monday, "So in the end, you're not concerned that there's going to be something that Donald Trump is able to use against you, that the Republcians -- that comes in at the last second?"

"But he makes up stuff to use against me," Clinton said. "If he would stick to reality, I wouldn't have a worry in the world."  They laughed.

At the State Department Monday, spokesman Mark Toner told reporters, "We can confirm that the FBI material that was handed over to us includes approximately 14,900 documents, reflecting both non-record -- which is a bureaucratic way to say personal -- and record materials -- which is a bureaucratic way to say work-related -- that will, as you noted, have to be appraised now by our folks here at the State Department."

Toner noted that the judge has given the State Department one month to come up with a schedule for releasing some or all of those emails. On Sept. 23, State Department officials will go back to court to discuss the production schedule.

The conservative group Judicial Watch has requested, under the Freedom of Information Act, all of Clinton's work-related emails, and it says new ones keep cropping up.

Toner said the State Department is "still in the process of looking at the amount of effort, the amount of resources we need" to review the new, previously undisclosed batch of 14,900 emails.

A reporter asked why work-related emails would have turned up in the FBI investigation, "but would not have been turned over by...former Secretary Clinton's staff in the first place?"

Toner said the State Department still doesn't know how many of the 14,900 emails are new and how many it may have seen before.

"In response to your -- what I think is your question though, which is why didn't we have these earlier, all I can say is what former Secretary Clinton has said, which is that, you know, she said that she confirmed for the court that she had handed over, or believed that she had handed over, all of the work-related e-mails that were contained on that were in her custody that she believed were potentially federal records.

"And she provided all of those, as I said, that were in her possession to the department. The FBI, obviously, in the course of its investigation, seems to have found other documents. I'm not sure it's -- refer you to the FBI to speak to where they obtained these records from.

"But I think right now, our focus is to move forward with our assessment of these -- appraisal of these documents, and then figure out how soon we can get them over to Judicial Watch."

The reporter followed up: "If the the 14,900 documents include even one work-related federal record, as you say is most likely to be the case, why should you not have had those already?"

"Well, again, I think that's something that we're looking at internally, and all I can do is -- is refer you to what I just said which is that, you know, Secretary Clinton as she verified herself to the court, said that she gave over to the State Department all of her work related e-mails that were on her server."

Toner said he's "not aware of" any effort by Clinton's aides to withhold e-mails dealing with the Clinton Foundation.

Judicial watch on Monday released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges, in which Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state.

"In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band," Judicial Watch announced.

Judicial Watch said the emails reveal that Abedin "apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation."

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