#PodestaEmails: Leaks Continue With 18th Release of Emails From Clinton Campaign Chair
WikiLeaks has published a new batch of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta.
The whistleblowing site has released more than 30,000 Podesta emails online and has said it intends to keep releasing documents each day right up until the November 8 US presidential election.
The emails have yielded an insight into the inner workings of the Democrat’s campaign team, including discussion on how to react to Bill Clinton’s sexual assault allegations, framing information for ‘news hyenas’, and boosting Hillary Clinton’s public image.
On Monday, the 17th release from Wikileaks revealed Podesta’s dim view of Clinton’s 2008 presidential run, the team’s fears about Bernie Sanders“beating us up”, as well as Hillary Clinton’s failure to win over Al Gore.
The releases also shed some light on frayed relationships within the political bubble of Washington, such as long-term aide Doug Band’s beef with ‘backstabbing’ Chelsea Clinton.
Obama and Hillary's email server
Tuesday’s release includes an email exchange that indicates President Barack Obama had known of Clinton’s private email server use.
An email thread dated March 7, 2015 between Podesta and Clinton lawyer and chief of staff Cheryl Mills shows the pair’s concern over comments Obama made to CBS News regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Podesta emails Mills a link to a tweet by Buzzfeed political editor Katherine Miller carrying a quote from Obama saying he found out about Clinton’s private email system at “the same time” as everyone else.
However, in her response, Mills indicates that Obama had already received emails from Clinton which do not bear the governmental state.gov address.
"We need to clean this up - he has emails from her - they do not say state.gov," she writes.
Clinton in the ring
An email dated May 16, 2015 from The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky to Podesta bizarrely references former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s charity boxing match with former World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield.
Budowsky recommends that if Hillary is asked about it in the media she should “offer him high praise and say she would love do to a charitable boxing match sometime....maybe Carly Fiorina [then candidate for the Republican nomination] would be free one night.”
Public perception of Wall Street speeches
An email from Hillary’s campaign manager Robby Mook dated March 11, 2015 flags his concerns about the public reaction to Bill Clinton giving a Wall Street speech within days of announcing her presidential bid.
“I know this is not the answer she wants, but I feel very strongly that doing the speech is a mistake - the data are very clear on the potential consequences,” Mook writes to Tiny Flournoy, Bill Clinton’s chief of staff.
“It will be three days after she's announced and on her first day in Iowa, where caucus goes [sic] have a sharply more negative view of Wall Street than the rest of the electorate.”
Earlier in the thread, Huma Abedin had flagged that Hillary “very strongly did not want him to cancel that particular speech.”
“I will have to tell her that WJC chose to cancel it, not that we asked,” Abedin added.
Mook responded to Abedin and Podesta: “[T]he issue is that if we're announcing on the 12th/13th and he's speaking to a wall street bank on the 15th, that's begging for a bad rollout.”
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