October 11, 2016
Recently uncovered e-mails show that the White House coordinated with the Clinton campaign to lessen the fallout over Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server.
Newly disclosed emails show the White House coordinated with Hillary Clinton’s emerging presidential campaign in 2015 about potential fallout from Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
The emails, which were obtained by the Republican National Committee as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, highlight the close communication between the Clinton campaign and White House officials, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Here are the details, according to a Wall Street Journal review of the emails:
Jennifer Palmieri, then the White House communications director, emailed Jen Psaki, a State Department spokesperson, to ask, “between us on the shows…think we can get this done so he is not asked about email.” She was apparently referring to an appearance on CBS by current Secretary of State John Kerry, according to The Journal. Palmieri is now the Clinton campaign’s communications director.
Palmieri and Psaki, along with other top White House officials, discussed an interview Kerry gave to CBS. “Good to go on killing CBS idea,” read one email from Psaki. “And we are going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.”
Palmieri, who joined the Clinton campaign in mid-2015, helped arrange for Psaki to take her old job at the White House. Psaki is now the White House communications director.
Patrick Kennedy, the State Department undersecretary for management, told Heather Samuelson, one of Clinton’s attorneys, about new documents the State Department had posted concerning Clinton.
In a note to Samuelson, Kennedy also criticized a Politico story regarding Clinton’s emails.
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