Hillary Clinton was 'ticked off' at Matt Lauer for email questions: book

Hillary Clinton was 'ticked off' at Matt Lauer for email questions: book
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonJuan Williams: The real 'Deep State' is pro-Trump Rep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? MORE was "ticked off" at NBC’s Matt Lauer for asking too many questions about her email scandal to the point that she felt "almost physically sick" at a nationally televised presidential forum held last September in New York.

The revelation comes in the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee's new memoir, titled “What Happened,” which provides Clinton's perspective on what led to her stunning loss last November to President Trump.

In recounting what happened during NBC's "Commander-in-Chief Forum" on the USS Intrepid just two months before Election Day, Clinton slammed Lauer for focusing too much on the email controversy that dogged her throughout the campaign.


“You’re communicating on highly sensitive topics. Why wasn’t it more than a mistake? Why wasn’t it disqualifying?” Lauer, a longtime co-host of NBC's "Today Show" asked.

“Now I was ticked off,” the former secretary of State wrote. “NBC knew exactly what it was doing here. The network was treating this like an episode of 'The Apprentice,' in which Trump stars and ratings soar."

"Lauer had turned what should have been a serious discussion into a pointless ambush. What a waste of time," Clinton added.

“I can’t say I didn’t fantasize about shaking some sense into Lauer while I was out there,” she also wrote.

Clinton also believed Lauer gave Trump, who appeared separately after Clinton's 30 minutes on stage, a "soft-pedal" interview.

“I was almost physically sick,” Clinton wrote.

Other excerpts from "What Happened" also feature Clinton taking shots at fellow Democrats, including her 2016 primary opponent, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden tax-hike proposals face bumpy road ahead Senate Democrats leery of nixing filibuster MORE (I-Vt.), and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWoman accused of trying to sell Pelosi laptop to Russians arrested Trump gets lowest job approval rating in final days as president Trump moves to lift coronavirus travel restrictions on Europe, Brazil MORE.