The Hillary Clinton campaign plotted to dump emails from Clinton’s private server early in 2015 to get the issue out of the way.
The email shows the Clinton campaign understood the gravity of the email issue the day it broke in newspapers. But it also shows they thought an early dumping of emails could possibly bury the issue.
“We are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later.”
The revelation was made in a March 2, 2015, email sent by campaign Chairman John Podesta and posted online by WikiLeaks. It came just as The New York Times published a bombshell story that would change the 2016 election dynamics.
Podesta’s Gmail was hacked a year later, and WikiLeaks has been posting portions of the roughly 50,000 emails it obtained from the hackers every day since Oct. 7.
In an email to Clinton attorney Cheryl Mills, Podesta said a strategic dump was in order.
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“On another matter, and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later,” Podesta said.
“Think you just got your new nickname,” Mills replied, likely referring to longtime Clinton fixer, Lanny Davis.
The Obama administration has been particularly adept at releasing large dumps on information on specific days, usually a late Friday afternoon. The strategy is to bury the bad news in piles the media can’t get through — or likely will ignore.
But the email issue crashed Clinton’s plans to win the White House in 2016.
The Times reported Clinton “did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.”
Clinton was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
The Clinton campaign was soon forced to release emails from Clinton’s private server — but to the FBI first. The FBI initially completed the investigation on July 5. But in another bombshell, FBI Director James Comey told Congress on Friday that he would be looking in the issue again due to the discovery of tens of thousands of emails on the laptop of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner. Weiner is the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin.