#PodestaEmails: 'How's This Different From Bill Cosby?' Bill Clinton's Past Discussed in Leaked Emails
WikiLeaks has released a 20th batch of emails from the account of John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair. The issues discussed include Bill Clinton's past, Benghazi, the email server scandal and even alien life.
The whistleblowing site has promised to release 50,000 messages from Podesta in the lead up to the US presidential election on November 8. A total of 34,197 communications have been released to date.
Bill Clinton’s controversial past was evidently of concern to his wife’s campaign team, which discussed how to handle questions on allegations of sexual assault against him.
Preparation for what the media might throw at her included the questions: “Will you apologize to the women who were wrongly smeared by your husband and his allies?” and “How is what Bill Clinton did different from what Bill Cosby did?”
The mail was sent by Ron Klain, a member of Clinton’s debate preparation team, on January 12, 2016. Several days previous Paula Jones, one of Bill Clinton’s accusers, gave an interview calling Hillary Clinton a “liar” and “two-faced”for trying to discredit her husband’s accusers.
Let's hope the Democratic party is not suicidal
A July 2015 email from Clinton adviser Neera Tanden to Podesta discusses a CNN poll which she guesses will show, “Bernie doing pretty well w Hillary and doing as well against Jeb or close to it.”
"Can you imagine what Republicans would do with him if he were the nominee?” Podesta replies, referring to Sanders.
“Well, let's see what the poll actually says. Let's hope the Democratic party is not suicidal,” Tanden says.
“Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email?” she asks. “And has that person been drawn and quartered?”
“Like whole thing is f*cking insane,” she adds.
An October 2015 email chain between staffers discusses upcoming paid media ads about Benghazi and Clinton’s email scandal.
The group debates whether the ads should target Iowa and New Hampshire or be a national buy. “I know the boss wants a national cable buy to reach the inside the beltway types, press and donors,” Jennifer Palmieri says. “But press will hate this.”
Oren Shur replies, “If the objective is purely to undermine the Benghazi hearings, I think these spots will certainly help do that. But if the objective is to connect emails-Benghazi and conflate the two in voters’ minds (which consultants feel is an imperative here), I’m not sure we know whether we can credibly do that.”
The campaign appears to have decided to do a national ad on the subject.