Former White House senior advisor David Axelrod admitted Wednesday that he wouldn’t have sat on his hands if he had known about Hillary Clinton’s private email server during his time in the White House.
Axelrod told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that he would have “asked a few questions” if he had been aware of her private server, adding to hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski that he would have had “concerns.”
The comments came on the heels of former White House chief of staff Bill Daley telling radio host Hugh Hewitt (who also happened to be on the “Morning Joe” panel with Axelrod) on Sunday that he had no clue Clinton had a private server.
“Well, I think it is unusual,” Axelrod said of Daley pleading ignorance. “He was the chief of staff. I confess, I didn’t — I was there, I was a senior advisor. I didn’t know that as well.”
“If you did find out when you were there, would you say ‘hey, woah. Wait a minute, guys, should we all talk about this?'” Brzezinski asked.
“I might have asked a few questions about that,” Axelrod said. “Look, I don’t think — again, the question is what are people focused on, what do they care about. They care about their lives. They care about being able to meet their bills. They care about how their kids are going to do in the future, and that’s where their focus is, and that’s what the gamble of the Clinton campaign is that people don’t really care about that.”
Brzezinski tried reeling Axelrod in, pressing him further on what he would have done if he had known she had a private email server in her Chappaqua home.
“I would ask a question. Look, if the St. Louis Cardinals can poach the secrets of the Houston Astros, then it speaks to the age in which we live,” Axelrod said. “So I would have concerns about it.”