Podesta wanted a Clinton crony to call out Rep. Trey Gowdy for not releasing his e-mails during the congressional probe into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s e-mails while she was secretary of state.
Jesse Ferguson, deputy national press secretary for Clinton, says the investigation “isn’t about emails, it’s about Trey Gowdy furthering a partisan witch-hunt and Republicans in Congress distracting from their dangerous letter to the Iranian regime,” according to e-mails released through Wikileaks.
Ferguson notes that numerous people “have called on Trey Gowdy to release his email if he wants to oversee this investigation.”
Clinton operatives immediately start plotting to turn the tables on Gowdy and the Republicans in Congress.
Joel Benenson, chief strategist for the 2016 Clinton campaign, replies to the thread, saying, “Who is the right person to raise a simple question of the audacity of members of congress asking others to release their emails when they don’t?”
Benenson continues with: “Do we have some D who can squarely at Gowdy and demand he release all his emails for that last two years so people can see for themselves how politically motivated his investigations are?”
Robby Mook, campaign manager for Clinton, responds to Benenson’s e-mails two minutes later with a possible Democrat he thinks could challenge Gowdy on the e-mails. “Do we think Cummings would do that? Certainly worth an ask.”
Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings was one of the chief members of the Benghazi panel. Cummings came out in full support of Clinton in early April, reneging on his original promise that he would wait until after the Benghazi probe concluded.
The move by Cummings to back Clinton before the panel concluded its investigation raised a great deal of eyebrows, Politico reports. One Benghazi committee spokesperson even went so far as to say Cummings “has not lifted a single finger to help the committee get records it requested,” and that Democrats “have coordinated with the Clinton campaign from day one, so Ranking Member Cummings’ endorsement was one of the worst kept secrets in Washington,” according to Politco.
Podesta agrees wholeheartedly with both Mook’s and Benenson’s statements. Podesta says that it would better for them to put up an “HRC warrior,” and even better to have one that is “her most fearsome House ally.”
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