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WikiLeaks: Clinton Staffer Wanted to Make Sure All of Her Emails Were Not Being Released

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An email exchange from the latest batch of leaked John Podesta emails adds further documentation of intent and consciousness of guilt on the part of Team Clinton regarding her improper, homebrew email set-up.

Two days after the New York Times broke the EmailGate story, members of the Clinton campaign were emailing back and forth about how best to release the 55,000 emails Clinton had given the State Department (after her advisers had reviewed tens of thousands of emails in her possession and decided which ones to turn over).

Jennifer Palmieri, director of communications for the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, wrote:

Team – wanted to let you know that Cheryl is working with State to get  agreement on release of the 55k pages of emails she have to State. The hope would be that we are able to say tonight to the press that we are working with State to get emails released soon. Not sure where those discussions will land, but hope is either State agrees to release on timely basis or we pledge to release them ourselves in ten days/week. Assume you all would agree this is right move?

Jim Margolis, Clinton’s media adviser, wrote back, “Yes.” Then he added tellingly, “If there is a release of the 55K, are there others that are not being released?”

Joel Benenson, the chief strategist for the Clinton campaign, wrote back, “Definitely.”


Both Margolis and Benenson are veteran Democratic operatives who worked on President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns.