WikiLeaks recently unleashed a new batch of leaked emails from John Podesta, Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, which reveal some damaging information about Clinton and her acolytes that could be beneficial to Donald Trump’s floundering presidential campaign.
Here are five new revelations about Clinton from the leaked emails.
1. The Department of Justice kept in contact with the Clinton campaign throughout the email scandal. As the Washington Examiner highlights, one of the leaked emails features Brian Fallon, Clinton’s campaign spokesman, providing an update in May 2015 on a lawsuit attempting to bring to light Clinton’s deleted emails.
“DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning, so we could have a window into the judge’s thinking about this proposed production schedule as early as today,” Fallon wrote.
Fallon also wrote another May 2015 email in which he said that the “DOJ filed a briefing saying the gov’t proposes releasing HRC’s cache of work-related emails in January 2016,” prompting Clinton confidant Cheryl Mills to respond: “get out!???”
2. The Clinton campaign bragged about the media being in the tank for Hillary. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Nick Merrill, Clinton’s campaign spokesman, gloated in March about how “every single interviewer was for her” when Clinton was in Flint, MI. The exchange then turned to Dan Merica, CNN Politics Producer: (emphasis bolded)
“Dan Merica asked her if she was jealous that she didn’t get Christie’s endorsement, to which she responded with a prolonged smile (you could see the gears turning), and then said ‘Dan, I really like you. I really really like you.’ They are basically courting each other at this point.”
That would certainly explain why CNN’s chyrons tend to be heavily in favor of Clinton.
The Free Beacon‘s report also links to a LifeZette piece discussing emails between New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich and Clinton’s communication director Jennifer Palmieri in July 2015 about which quotes from the interview should be allowed to stay in the final piece.
3. Hillary’s staffers seemed to be very concerned about which emails should be deleted from her private email server. The following thread is from March 2015, via The Daily Caller:
“Not as flippantly, and maybe just from Nick’s mouth — but rather than going around and around on how to release the 55k, let’s just be for what’s happening and use this as the excuse,” Philippe Reines said. “Because we can say even if State has equities, not providing them would put her in legal jeopardy. OR, we say happy for them to have it, happy for the public to read them as soon as State is comfortable. But let’s somehow take advantage of this.”
Longtime Clinton aide Cheryl Mills asked, “can we implement this in the next hour?” at which point Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook jumped into the conversation.
“Just for clarity: this House subpoena is just for Libya, right? We were discussing releasing everything, no?” Mook said.
Mills shot back: “right to both.”
The fact that they seemed to be worried about which emails should be deleted suggests that they contained information that was more relevant than yoga or Chelsea Clinton’s wedding plans.
A few weeks later, Clinton’s server was wiped with BleachBit.
4. An email exchange seems to indicate that Donna Brazile provided the Clinton campaign with a question that was going to be asked at a town hall event. In an email from March 12 – the day before a CNN town hall event featuring Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) – Brazile wrote to Palmieri an email with the subject line: “From time to time I get the questions in advance.”
Brazile, who was a CNN contributor at the time of the email, asked Palmieri about Clinton’s stance on the death penalty.
“Here’s one that worries me about HRC,” wrote Brazile in the email.
Palmieri wrote back: “Yes, it is one she gets asked about. Not everyone likes her answer but can share it.”
Brazile, now the interim chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, has denied sending a question to the Clinton campaign before, and CNN denied ever making anyone privy to a question before a town hall event.
5. In an interview on MSNBC, Hillary gave an answer word-for-word from a script. Clinton speechwriter Dan Schwerin wrote an email to Clinton staffers in January 2016 that read: “HRC is going to call into Chris Hayes’ show this afternoon to do her tax hit. How does this look to you guys?”
The email then reveals a scripted answer for Clinton to read as a response to a question about tax increases, and she proceeded to read that script verbatim in the interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes by phone (via The Daily Caller):