The emails are the most significant collection of information about the 2016 campaign, and they shed new light on the Clinton campaign and on the campaign’s decision to use a private email server while secretary of state.
They also shed new insights into Clinton’s political strategy in the aftermath of her defeat.
The emails released Monday show Clinton trying to persuade confidants to accept a role in her White House bid and how she tried to distance herself from her husband’s sexual misconduct allegations against her, according to two people with direct knowledge of the exchanges.
In one, Clinton told longtime adviser Doug Band, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, that she did not want her husband to become president and wanted to avoid the scandal that would engulf him.
“I’m going to be a strong leader,” Band wrote.
“I’m not going to allow the Republicans to control the levers of power.
I don’t want to be the President.
I want to run as a strong woman.”
Another exchange showed Clinton, who is scheduled to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi later this week, expressing concern about her email practices.
Clinton told Band that she had sent the emails to friends and that she would use a personal server for her correspondence, one of several emails released to the public by the State Department that revealed her use of a private server.
State Department officials said Monday that Band forwarded the email to a friend, whose name was redacted, and the friend replied, “It’s not good, but you have to trust her.”
The State Department also said that Band wrote to Clinton in March of 2016, two months after he left the White House, and asked her to set up a private account on her private server so that she could be able to send emails without needing a government account.
The official said that Clinton replied that she needed the account so she could work from home.
State Department spokesman Mark Toner declined to comment on Band’s account, but he said that the Clinton email is part of the department’s response to the Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch.
Toner said that he is “not aware of any additional emails related to this subject” but that the department has “received and is reviewing all of the FOIA requests that have been made” by the watchdog group.
The emails have also prompted questions about Clinton’s handling of her private email account, which she said she did so out of convenience.
In some instances, she asked aides to send her emails from her personal account, even though it was not hers.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that Clinton asked her aides to use private email accounts in 2009 to communicate with her at home, a practice that she said would have allowed her to conduct official business and avoid the “embarrassment” of her husband.
Clinton’s aides also wrote about their efforts to protect her emails by using a private BlackBerry in 2014 and again in 2016, according the Times.
Clinton did not delete or destroy any of the messages from her private account, the Times reported.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.