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Email Leak: Clinton Staffers Planned To Save Friendly Reporter

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Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign considered making a rescue effort to assist a sympathetic CNN reporter after she was suspended for making a news tweet overtly broadcasting liberal views.

Elise Labott, a global affairs reporter for CNN, is repeatedly landing in hot water for violating CNN’s editorial standards and coordinating with those close to Hillary Clinton. In 2013, she made several tweets at the request of a top Clinton aide at the Department of State. In 2015, she was suspended by CNN for a news tweet that editorialized regarding U.S. acceptance of Syrian refugees.

Now, leaked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s inbox reveal that Clinton aide Cheryl Mills wanted to assist a woman he saw as a friendly reporter.

“[A]re we going to try to have liberal media respond to this suspension the way conservatives would if reversed?” Mills asks Podesta and several other Clinton staffers in the email chain.

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri then asks campaign spokesman Nick Merrill to reach out to Labott and see if she wants the help.

“Nick – can you get in touch with Elise to make sure she wants that kind of back-up?” Palmieri asks.

It’s not clear how Labott responded.

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