Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was eager to talk about the Benghazi terrorist attacks because it was “good” for the campaign, according to emails published by WikiLeaks on Monday.
The email exchange between Podesta and Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden took place on March 10, 2015, the day Clinton made her first public statement in response to a New York Times report exposing her use of a secret private email account as secretary of state.
Tandon wrote Podesta that the press conference “seemed to go well,” and “I don’t know how the story advances. So that’s good.”
Podesta replied that Clinton’s critics “will go after the [email] server but that takes us back to Benghazi which is good for us.” It is unclear why Podesta thought discussing the terrorist attack in Libya, which resulted in the death of U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens, would be “good” for the campaign.
Tandon predicted that the email issue would eventually “run out of steam,” but things didn’t quite turn out that way.
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