A prominent opinion writer provided numerous ways to deflect attention from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, according to new released leaked emails.
Brent Budowsky, a political opinion writer, gave Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta an “aggressive approach” to combat the revelation that Clinton used a private email account, according to emails from Podesta’s account.
In one example, Budowsky suggests relying on Democrat supporters, rather than the Clinton camp and their operatives.
“With predictable stories beginning about Republicans running for president using private emails themselves, Democrats friendly to HRC can say it is the height of hyprocrisy [sic] for Jeb Bush and others to criticize HRC for what they themselves have done, and call for disclosure of their private emails equal to what HRC is disclosing about hers … ,” Budowsky writes in a March 7, 2015 email.
He also proposes calling on Republicans who criticized Clinton for her emails to release their own private emails, also advising that Democrat supporters insist on waiving Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) protections for Republican legislators, he adds.
“Say they should waive that exemption and disclose equal to what HRC is disclosing. Otherwise they should be asked what they are hiding and why they write special rules to protect themselves … ,” Budowsky says.
Budowsky then suggests reaching out to “friendly beat reporters” and having them conduct and write up surveys about Republicans who refuse to release private emails, but still remain on the committee investigation of Clinton.
“Whisper to friendly beat reporters that they do formal surveys of Congressional Republicans and publish the results in news stories by name. So if Rep. X is a Republican investigating HRC next to their name it would read they (refuses to disclose citing FOIA etc … ,” Budowsky writes.
Budowsky volunteers himself to write about the results, along with other editorial writers.
“Suggest to friendly editorial writers that they could write about this. I will myself in the coming week…. ,” Budowsky said.
According to U.S. Intelligence Officials, actors near the Russian government have been linked to the Wikileaks hack. They believe that the leaked emails from Podesta’s account are likely an attempt to interfere with the presidential election.
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