The State Department gave two public briefings this week on Hillary Clinton's email scandal, and then did as much as it could to downplay the discussion in the transcripts of those briefings.
The email scandal exploded Tuesday, when the State Department's Office of Inspector General released a report saying Clinton failed to ask permission to use a private email when she led the department. It also said permission would have been denied even if she asked.
Reporters asked dozens of questions about the IG report at the State Department's Wednesday and Thursday briefings.
But finding those discussions is a bit of a chore, as the index to each briefing makes no mention of "Clinton" or "email" or "scandal," and doesn't use any other words that might highlight the issue.
Instead, the State Department describes talk of the scandal, which is threatening to upend Clinton's run for the White House, as simply "Department." As in, questions pertaining to the email and record-keeping practices in the "Department."
On Wednesday, State's daily briefing led off with several questions about the IG report, and something like 80 percent of the briefing dealt with the scandal.
State's index for the daily briefing indicated that by simply listing "Department" at the top of the index. It also appears again, right after "Liberia," as reporters went back to the issue after a quick question about Liberia:
On Thursday, State was again faced with more questions about the email scandal and the department's index of the discussion again led off with "Department."
Spokesman Mark Toner got though several other questions on Thursday, about issues like Iraq, Syria and Middle East peace, although as the Thursday index shows, reporters later asked more questions about "Department."