Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s aides were confused at President Barack Obama’s claim that he had no idea the former secretary of state was using a private email server.
“One of us should connect with the WH just so they know that the email will show his statement to not make sense,” Clinton aide Philippe Reines wrote to campaign staffers in a March 2015 email released by WikiLeaks.
Reines is responding to a New York Times story reporting Obama said he had no idea Clinton used a private email server while working at the Department of State. Reines’s email clearly shows the Clinton campaign thought Obama’s denial did “not make sense” and wanted to let the White House know this.
“I’m happy to do so to Josh Earnest since Jen is in a weird position, unless Cheryl or John you want to (or already have) with someone else,” Reines said.
“But it’s not unreasonable to assume that Josh is going to get asked how this was possible, and he should have the factset. Especially if it’s some weird technical thing with the President’s email setup that he doesn’t see addresses,” Reines added.
Obama told reporters he learned of Clinton’s private email server from watching the news, but an FBI document released in September showed the president used a pseudonym when communicating with the former secretary of state.
Emails released by WikiLeaks from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta’s hacked Gmail account show campaign aides discussed withholding communications with Obama.
“Think we should hold emails to and from potus?” Podesta asked Clinton lawyer Cheryl Mills in a March 2015 email.
“That’s the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I seems like they will,” Podesta wrote.
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