Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook was stunned when the New York Times first reported on Hillary’s use of a private email address as secretary of state, according to emails published by WikiLeaks on Thursday.
“Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta as Mook in an email on March 2, 2015, the day the Times report was published.
“Nope,” Mook wrote back. “We brought up the existence of emails in research this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.”
Mook and Podesta’s total lack of awareness about the scandalous nature of Hillary Clinton’s email habits at the state department is echoed in other emails uncovered by WikiLeaks.
Minutes before sending this email to Mook, Podesta complained to Center for American Progress president Neera Tanden that Hillary Clinton’s inner circle of advisers — Cheryl Mills, Philippe Reines, and attorney David Kendall — had not been “forthcoming on the facts here.”
Tanden blamed Mills for the debacle. “Know you love her,” she wrote Podesta, “but this stuff is like her Achilles heel. Or kryptonite. She can’t say no to this shit.”
Podesta agreed that it was “unbelievable” that Hillary’s confidantes had withheld information about her emails from the people who going to run her presidential campaign, which would formally launch in April 2015.
Tanden suggested a motive for the secrecy: “They wanted to get away with it.”
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