Private emails between top Hillary Clinton aides show that her closest advisors kept them in the dark about the extent of her use of a private email server, leading to a furious response as they struggled to handle the situation as it became public.
Emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta by Russian-affiliated hackers and posted online by WikiLeaks indicate that neither he nor other top aides were clued into what Clinton and her staff had done, even when they asked.
“Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Podesta asked Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook in early March 2015, as the story broke in the news.
“Nope. We brought up the existence of emails in reserach [sic.] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of,” Mook responded.
Clinton’s use of a private server has dogged her campaign since day one, raising serious questions about whether she risked national security in order to try to keep her communications private.
Months later, other Clinton allies remained furious about how her inner circle had mishandled the emails.
“Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered?” Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, a longtime Clinton ally who has a close relationship with Podesta, declared in a July email, saying the “whole thing is f–king insane.”
Podesta and the Clinton campaign have not authenticated the emails’ veracity. National security experts have said the emails, like internal emails at the Democratic National Committee, were all but certainly stolen by Russian-aligned hackers and given to WikiLeaks in order to try to influence the election and hurt Clinton.
SOURCE: CAMERON JOSEPH
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS