Newly leaked emails reveal Hillary Clinton’s campaign distributed talking points about Hillary’s emails to a list of the Clinton’s “friends and allies” — but those talking points contained several clear falsehoods.
The talking points were crafted by Clinton spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod and were meant to help Clinton allies respond to a pair of stories that came out on September 22, 2015.
One story was written by Bloomberg and was titled, “FBI Said to Recover Personal E-Mails From Hillary Clinton Server.” The other story came from the Washington Post and was titled,”State Department’s account of email request differs from Clinton’s.”
The talking points were distributed two days after the stories broke.
False Talking Point #1: Hillary Never Wiped Her Server
Responding to the Bloomberg story, the talking point said, “Assuming the Bloomberg report is true, the reason the FBI may be able to recreate these emails is exactly because, as the tech company that maintained Hillary’s server has said, the rumors that steps were taken to ‘wipe’ the server’s contents were never true.”
That talking point was false — Clinton used software called “BleachBit” to delete emails from her server. (RELATED: Clinton’s Use Of Scrubbing Tool May Not Have Been Detectable To FBI, Developer Says)
False Talking Point #2: Hillary Turned Over All Her Work-Related Emails
Again responding to the Bloomberg report, the talking points claimed that “Hillary Clinton turned over her work-related emails.” But that’s not true — FBI director James Comey said the FBI recovered “several thousand” work-related emails that Hillary failed to turn over to the State Department.
False Talking Point #3: Hillary Complied In Full With State Department’s Email Request
Responding to the WaPo story, the talking points claimed that, after the State Department requested Hillary Clinton’s emails, “Clinton complied with that request in full.” But that simply wasn’t the case. She directed her legal team to delete “several thousand” work-related emails. (RELATED: 35 Email Lies Hillary Is Still Telling On Her Campaign Website)
The talking points were found among thousands of emails stolen from the account of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta. The leaked emails were published on the website WikiLeaks, which the Clinton campaign has accused of acting as a front for Russian hackers.