Emails released Tuesday by the State Department as part of the Hillary Clinton email dump reveal former White House advisor David Axelrod knew the former secretary of state had a private account despite recent claims.
Emails released Tuesday by the State Department show that former W.H. advisor David Axelrod knew Hillary Clinton had a private account despite recent claims.
According to the latest batch, two email chains show Axelrod did indeed correspond with the then-secretary of state — once in June, 2009 and again in July, 2009.
The emails contradict recent comments by Axelrod to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, in which he said he would have “asked a few questions” and shared his “concerns” had he known about Clinton’s private email account and server. (RELATED: Axelrod: I’d Have ‘Asked A Few Questions’ If I Knew About Hillary’s Private Server)
Axelrod made the statements in a June 17 appearance after former White House chief of staff Bill Daley told “Meet The Press” that he didn’t know anything about Clinton’s private email during his time in the White House.
“Well, I think it is unusual,” Axelrod said of Daley comments. “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.” (RELATED: Fmr Obama Chief Of Staff: I Had No Idea Hillary Had A Private Server)
“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 during the segment.
“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.”
“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.”
In the June 2009 email featuring the subject “SO SORRY!,” Axelrod wished Clinton well with her recovery after she fractured her elbow and had surgery. Meanwhile, it is unclear what the the July 2009 note from Clinton to Axelrod is regarding.