Colin Powell Says He’ll Vote for Hillary Clinton

Colin L. Powell, the Republican former secretary of state, said on Tuesday that he planned to vote for Hillary Clinton for president as he condemned her rival, Donald J. Trump, at an event on Long Island.

Speaking before the Long Island Association, a trade group that frequently hosts political figures, Mr. Powell divulged his intentions come Election Day.

“I am voting for Hillary Clinton,” he said, according to Matthew Cohen, a spokesman for the association. Mr. Powell went on to praise Mrs. Clinton for her skills as a leader and her experience.

Paule Pachter, a Long Island Association board member, said that Mr. Powell was blunt.

“He said he would support Hillary Clinton and he also elaborated on several reason why he felt that Donald Trump was not the right candidate,” he said. “He spoke about his inexperience, he spoke about the messages that he’s sending out every day to his supporters, which really paints our country in a negative light across the globe with all our allies.”

The comments were a change from Mr. Powell’s tone in hacked emails from his inbox that were made public in September. In the emails, Mr. Powell criticized Mr. Trump but also expressed bitterness at Mrs. Clinton for repeatedly pointing to Mr. Powell’s email habits to explain away her own use of a private email server while she ran the State Department.

Mr. Powell’s comments make him the latest member of the Republican foreign policy and national security establishment to openly condemn his party’s nominee, and to say that Mrs. Clinton is the preferred choice.

But Mrs. Clinton came under harsh attack on Tuesday from Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York mayor, who echoed in more pointed language Mr. Trump’s recent assertions that Mrs. Clinton should be jailed.

“When I see her, I see her in an orange jumpsuit,” Mr. Giuliani, a former United States attorney, said on a Philadelphia talk radio station, WPHT. “I’m sorry, or at least a striped one. I’d have prosecuted her a year ago and probably convicted her by now.”

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Hillary Clinton Remains in the Lead 15 Days from US Elections

Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton continues today leading voting intention amid the United States voters, as the general average of surveys indicates that she has 5.3 percent over her Republican rival Donald Trump.

The Quinnipiac pollster said that Clinton has seven percent over Trump (47-40), while Economist/YouGov said she had 4 percent more than Trump (42-38).

Meanwhile, Fox News indicated that Clinton has six points more than Trump (45-39) and Bloomberg said five percent (47-38).

Reuters/Ipsos also said that Clinton had four percent ahead (42-38) and Monmouth indicated a lead of 12 percent (50-38) in favor of Clinton, who also got the highest voting intention in the surveys carried out by CBS News (47-38) and NBC News/SM (46-40).

Only two surveys, issued by IBD/TIPP Tracking and Rasmussen Report, indicated a lead for Trump, both with two percent more than Hillary Clinton.

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Trump Refuses to Say Whether He Would Accept Election Results

Accusations and personal attacks aside, there was no real substance to the last debate.

Three debates later Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump reaffirmed that the two candidates for the U.S. presidency have no real solutions for the problems facing the average person, showing that their policies would change little in unemployment, homelessness, student debt, continuous U.S. war, police brutality, among other things.

The two battled sharply over the influence of Vladimir Putin on the U.S. electoral campaign, with Clinton calling Trump the Russian president's puppet and Trump arguing that Putin had repeatedly outsmarted Clinton and Obama.

Clinton reiterated the administration's accusation that the Russian government was behind the latest WikiLeaks and hacks of her emails.

"He'd rather believe Vladimir Putin than the military and civilian intelligence officials that are sworn to protect us," Clinton said.

Trump rejected the idea that he was close to Putin, but suggested he would have a better relationship with Russia’s leader than Clinton. He said that neither Clinton nor Obama know for sure who is behind the leaks.

"He said nice things about me,” Trump said. “He has no respect for her, he has no respect for our president and I’ll tell you what, we’re in very serious trouble."

Clinton responded, ”Well that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.”

Trump was hoping to reverse his fading momentum in a U.S. election that opinion polls show is tilting away from him. The New York businessman has been damaged by several accusations he groped women—which he denies—and concerns about his claims the election will be rigged against him.

Trump accused Clinton's campaign of orchestrating the accusations by women who said the businessman made unwanted sexual advances against them.

Trump said all of the stories were "totally false" and suggested Clinton was behind the charges. "I think they either want fame or her campaign did it, and I think it's her campaign," Trump said.

Clinton said the women came forward after Trump said in the last debate he had never made unwanted advances on women. In a 2005 video, Trump was recorded bragging about groping women against their will.

When questioned about his criticism that Clinton is “rigging” the presidential race, Trump refused to say he would accept the outcome of the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, leaving open the possibility he would challenge the ultimate outcome. "I will tell you at the time, I will keep you in suspense," Trump said.

Clinton responded, "Let’s be clear about what he is saying and what that means: He is denigrating, he is talking down our democracy and I, for one, am appalled that someone who is the nominee for one of our two major parties would take that position."

Clinton, a former secretary of state, U.S. senator and first lady, leads in national polls and in most of the battleground states where the election will likely be decided.

Most recently, he has urged supporters to patrol polling places in inner cities to prevent voter fraud, an action that some fear could lead to violence, or at the very least, tension as people head to the polls on Nov. 8.

Clinton has struggled to get past concerns about transparency raised over her use of a private email server for work communication while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

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'What planet is she on?': Clinton adviser mocks Hillary in latest #PodestaEmails

WikiLeaks has released its 12th batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta. This brings the total number of emails released to date to almost 19,000.
 

The whistleblowing website has previously stated that there are around 50,000 emails in total, with previous leaks exposing the Clinton campaign’s cozy relationship with the media, its efforts to stop former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders making the White House and the long-awaited speeches Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs.

RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 12

Tuesday’s release included a list of potential vice presidential picks, categorized by race and gender, opposition research on Trump, and staffers describing Sanders as a “doofus” and saying they “f*cking hate” potential Democratic nominee Larry Lessig.

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What planet?

Clinton’s description of herself as a moderate Democrat at a September 2015 event in Ohio causes some uproar amongst her team. In a mail from adviser Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, to Podesta in the days following the comment she asks why she said this.

“I pushed her on this on Sunday night. She claims she didn't remember saying it. Not sure I believe her,” Podesta replies. Tanden insists that the comment has made her job more difficult after “telling every reporter I know she's actually progressive”.

“It worries me more that she doesn't seem to know what planet we are all living in at the moment,” she adds.

Hillary's dicey territory

Emails between Clinton’s foreign policy adviser Jake Sullivan and Tanden from March 2016 discussed how it was “REALLY dicey territory” for Clinton to comment on strengthening “bribery laws to ensure that politicians don’t change legislation for political donations.”

Tanden agrees with Sullivan, “She may be so tainted she's really vulnerable = if so, maybe a message of I've seen how this sausage is made, it needs to stop, I'm going to stop it will actually work.”

The server scandal

A September 2015 email exchange between Podesta and Nick Merrill provided “core language” to be used in response to questions Clinton could be asked about her email server, and the decision to “bleach” emails from it. 

The emails contain long and short versions of responses for Clinton. 

“Because the government already had everything that was work-related, and my personal emails were just that –  personal – I didn’t see a reason to keep them so I asked that they be deleted, and that’s what the company that managed my server did. And we notified Congress of that back in March,” the mail reads.

Another answer is provided for the question, “Why won’t you say whether you wiped it?”

“After we went through the process to determine what was work related and what was not and provided the work related emails to State, I decided not to keep the personal ones,” the response reads.

“We saved the work-related ones on a thumb drive that is now with the Department of Justice. And as I said in March, I chose not to keep the personal ones. I asked that they be deleted, how that happened was up to the company that managed the server. And they are cooperating fully with anyone that has questions.”

READ MORE: Top State Dept official accused of offering FBI ‘quid pro quo’ to declassify Clinton emails

Comcast-owned NBC dismissed Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state as unimportant in a mail dated September 27, 2015.

John Harwood, the chief Washington correspondent for CNBC tells Podesta how he believes it is “amazing” that “some people still think it's worth burning so much interview time with person most likely to be next president on her emails”.

The mail was sent to Podesta a day after the US Defense Department announced that it had discovered an email chain that Clinton had not handed over, despite claiming to have provided it with all of her work emails.

Make love to Bernie

In a September 2015 email to Podesta, Hill columnist Brent Budowsky criticized the campaign for allegedly giving Clinton surrogates talking points to attack Bernie Sanders.

“I cannot think of anything more stupid and self-destructive for a campaign to do,” he says. “Especially for a candidate who has dangerously low levels of public trust,” and in light of Sanders’ campaign being based on “cleaning up politics.”

Budowsky warns voters would be “disgusted” by attacks against Sanders and says he wouldn’t discourage Podesta from sharing the note with Clinton because “if she wants to become president she needs to understand the point I am making with crystal clarity.”

"Make love to Bernie and his idealistic supporters, and co-opt as many of his progressive issues as possible," suggests Budowsky.

Budowsky also adds that he was at a Washington university where “not one student gave enough of a damn for Hillary to open a booth, or even wear a Hillary button.”

He then goes on to volunteer to write talking points himself.

Some media pointers

In a separate email exchange from June 30, 2015, Budowsky contacted Podesta regarding a piece he wrote which he describes as being “positive” and “carefully written” to aid Clinton’s campaign.

“John, I have only 1 mention of HRC, positive, carefully written, and designed to give her some cover with liberals,” Budowsky writes.

What will she say next?

Clinton's words have to be tightly managed by her team who are wary of what she might say, one email revealed. After the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential debate in November 2015 adviser Ron Klain mails Podesta to say, “If she says something three times as an aside during practice (Wall Street supports me due to 9/11), we need to assume she will say it in the debate, and tell her not to do so.”

Klain’s mail reveals Sanders was their biggest fear in the debate. “The only thing that would have been awful – a Sanders break out – didn't happen. So all in all, we were fine,” he says.

The mail also reveals Klain’s role in securing his daughter Hannah a position on Clinton’s team. “I’m not asking anyone to make a job, or put her in some place where she isn't wanted – it just needs a nudge over the finish line,” Klain says.

Hannah Klain worked on Clinton’s Surrogates team for nine months commencing in the month after her father’s mail to Podesta, according to her Linkedin.

Covering all bases

A November 2008 email from Federico Peña, who was on the Obama-Biden transition team, called for a “Latino media person” to be added to the list of staff to appeal to Latino voters. Federico de Jesus or Vince Casillas are seen as ideal candidates, both of whom were working in the Chicago operations.

“More importantly, it would helpful (sic) to Barack to do pro-active outreach to Latino media across the country to get our positive message out before people start spreading negative rumors,” Peña writes.

Embarrassing brothers

A May 2015 email between Podesta and Tanden appears to imply Clinton’s brothers are a source of embarrassment for the campaign.

In an email titled, ‘Glad you said no’ Tanden writes, “When H asked us to hire her old friend,” and Podesta replies, “Yup. Maybe we can rent the Queen Mary for the next 18 months and fill it with her brothers and assorted crazy hangers on sail around and around.”

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'Doofus Bernie': #PodestaEmails11 reveal more contempt for Sanders

The 11th tranche of emails from John Podesta has been released by WikiLeaks. The batch includes discussion around Clinton's potential vice presidential candidates and further evidence of contempt for Bernie Sanders within the campaign.

It’s understood this leak comprises almost 2,000 emails, of a total of 50,000 from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair which the whistleblowing website claims to possess.

 

Yesterday’s release included campaign staff exchanges on handling media queries about Clinton “flip-flopping” on gay marriage, galvanizing Latino support and locking down Clinton’s healthcare policy.

 
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Doofus Bernie

In an email chain from December 2015, Podesta messaged Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, regarding the Paris Climate Conference and referred to Bernie Sanders as a “doofus" for attacking the deal.

READ MORE: ‘Historic accord’ on climate adopted, activists in Paris denounce deal as ‘weak’

"We need bold action in the very near future and this does not provide that,” Sanders said in a statement on the day the pact was agreed. Sanders also said one month before that climate change “is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”

In January 2016, Podesta asks Tanden to “do an intervention” in the endorsement of Bernie Sanders by Benjamin Jealous, a former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“Why would he do that? i'm happy to reach out to him. Not sure he will care, but happy to try,” Tanden tells Podesta in the mail. Jealous went on to endorse Sanders for his presidential bid.

Potential VP candidates

A list of potential VP nominees categorized in “rough food groups” is detailed in a mail from Podesta to Clinton. The 39 names include founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, his wife Melinda, Apple CEO Tim Cook and, categorized in his own separate group, Bernie Sanders.

Michael Bloomberg is also included, along with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and New Hampshire senator Jeanne Shaheen.

An analysis of the “food groups” revealed Podesta, along with others in Clinton’s team, grouped potential VPs into seven categories:

  • Politicians of Latino descent
  • Female politicians
  • White male politicians
  • Black male politicians
  • Military
  • Business magnates
  • Bernie Sanders

 

Minorities

Race and sex are again focal points for choosing positions, as revealed in a 2008 mail from Obama advisor Mike Froman to Podesta. Froman reveals he failed to attract African-American Susan Collins (then Dean at the University of Michigan) to a position described as “Chair”.

“I don't how you want to go back to him on things like this. I don't think there is another candidate of color who folks would be comfortable putting up as Chair, though either Ceci or Peter (as a stretch) could be a Member,” Froman says.

Podesta replies, “Can you call Larry and see what minorities he would put in top tier? Could be an asian. I know this isn't Larry's taste, but better if a woman.”

Thumb drive

A July 24, 2015 email from Clinton’s longtime lawyer, David Kendall, discussed the intelligence community inspector general’s notifying of Congress of a compromise of classified information in Clinton’s emails, and revealed the lawyer was in possession of a thumb drive containing Clinton’s private emails.

A Washington Post report from the same date revealed the Justice Department had been notified of a potential compromise when it had received a “referral” from the Inspector General of the Intelligence Agencies, Charles McCullough III.

According to Kendall, “the report explicitly states that none of those emails bore classification or dissemination-limitation markings. It goes on to say that its own IC IG review of the 55,000 pages determined that at least 4 of these emails should have been classified 'secret' on account of them containing IC information subject to such classification and that a thumb drive containing these emails is presently in the possession of David Kendall (that would be me) at Williams & Connolly."

“This appears to be the only reference to a “referral” in the notification,” Kendall’s email concludes. 

A statement from the Office of Inspector General explains the “main purpose of the referral was to notify security officials that classified information may exist on at least one private server and thumb drive that are not in the government's possession.”

FBI notes from Clinton’s email investigation released in September revealed a Clinton Foundation laptop and thumb drive were missing. 

“Neither Hanley nor [redacted] could identify the current whereabouts of the archive laptop or thumb drive containing the archive, and the FBI does not have either item in its possession,” the FBI’s notes read.

Goldman money

In a February 2016 email, strategist Tom Cosgrove sent Podesta three ideas to help Clinton’s campaign. He suggests giving the “Goldman money” to the Children's Defense Fund, as “it gives her a legitimate opportunity to get the public to appreciate her long history of social justice in a way that just talking about it or advertising it doesn't.”

Cosgrove suggests she use a variation of the line, “I'm all for Senator Sanders goals and will push them when 218 members of the House and 60 Senators are saints. But we know for a fact that the next Congress will not be filled with Saints.”

Inspired by Jeb

Clinton’s camp took inspiration from Jeb Bush’s stance on the economy, liaising with a research group which praises Bush’s “message” for attracting “half of african americans and democrats and two thirds of latinos.”

“Some thought it ended too harsh. But the perspective on the economy has really worked. Now we didn't tell people this was from bush. But its a warning,” reads the mail from Lake Research to Clinton advisor Minyon Moore.

The opposition

Tapes containing nine hours of conversation with Donald Trump from Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success author Michael D'Antonio are offered to Clinton consultant Janet Keller in a mail dated March 4, 2016. “He does not want to be paid,” Keller is advised in the mail entitled ‘Opposition research’.

Harvard professor Larry Lessig, who announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in August 2015, is harshly criticized in an email by Neera Tanden.

“I f*cking hate that guy. Like I'd like to kick the sh*t out of him on twitter...but I know that is dumb,” Tanden writes to Podesta. Lessig subsequently withdrew from the race before the 2016 primaries began.

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US Allies are Funding ISIS (and Hillary Knew All Along)

It is fortunate for Saudi Arabia and Qatar that the furore over the sexual antics of Donald Trump is preventing much attention being given to the latest batch of leaked emails to and from Hillary Clinton. Most fascinating of these is what reads like a US State Department memo, dated 17 August 2014, on the appropriate US response to the rapid advance of Isis forces, which were then sweeping through northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

At the time, the US government was not admitting that Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies were supporting Isis and al-Qaeda-type movements. But in the leaked memo, which says that it draws on “western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region” there is no ambivalence about who is backing Isis, which at the time of writing was butchering and raping Yazidi villagers and slaughtering captured Iraqi and Syrian soldiers.

The memo says: “We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region.” This was evidently received wisdom in the upper ranks of the US government, but never openly admitted because to it was held that to antagonise Saudi Arabia, the Gulf monarchies, Turkey and Pakistan would fatally undermine US power in the Middle East and South Asia.

For an extraordinarily long period after 9/11, the US refused to confront these traditional Sunni allies and thereby ensured that the “War on Terror” would fail decisively; 15 years later, al-Qaeda in its different guises is much stronger than it used to be because shadowy state sponsors, without whom it could not have survived, were given a free pass.

It is not as if Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State and the US foreign policy establishment in general did not know what was happening. An earlier WikiLeaks release of a State Department cable sent under her name in December 2009 states that “Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaeda, the Taliban, LeT [Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan].” But Saudi complicity with these movements never became a central political issue in the US. Why not?

The answer is that the US did not think it was in its interests to cut its traditional Sunni allies loose and put a great deal of resources into making sure that this did not happen. They brought on side compliant journalists, academics and politicians willing to give overt or covert support to Saudi positions.

The real views of senior officials in the White House and the State Department were only periodically visible and, even when their frankness made news, what they said was swiftly forgotten. Earlier this year, for instance, Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic wrote a piece based on numerous interviews with Barack Obama in which Obama “questioned, often harshly, the role that America’s Sunni Arab allies play in fomenting anti-American terrorism. He is clearly irritated that foreign policy orthodoxy compels him to treat Saudi Arabia as an ally”.

It is worth recalling White House cynicism about how that foreign policy orthodoxy in Washington was produced and how easily its influence could be bought. Goldberg reported that “a widely held sentiment inside the White House is that many of the most prominent foreign-policy think tanks in Washington are doing the bidding of their Arab and pro-Israel funders. I’ve heard one administration official refer to Massachusetts Avenue, the home of many of these think tanks, as ‘Arab-occupied territory’.”

Despite this, television and newspaper interview self-declared academic experts from these same think tanks on Isis, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf are wilfully ignoring or happily disregarding their partisan sympathies.

The Hillary Clinton email of August 2014 takes for granted that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are funding Isis – but this was not the journalistic or academic conventional wisdom of the day. Instead, there was much assertion that the newly declared caliphate was self-supporting through the sale of oil, taxes and antiquities; it therefore followed that Isis did not need money from Saudi Arabia and the Gulf. The same argument could not be made to explain the funding of Jabhat al-Nusra, which controlled no oilfields, but even in the case of Isis the belief in its self-sufficiency was always shaky.

Iraqi and Kurdish leaders said that they did not believe a word of it, claiming privately that Isis was blackmailing the Gulf states by threatening violence on their territory unless they paid up. The Iraqi and Kurdish officials never produced proof of this, but it seemed unlikely that men as tough and ruthless as the Isis leaders would have satisfied themselves with taxing truck traffic and shopkeepers in the extensive but poor lands they ruled and not extracted far larger sums from fabulously wealthy private and state donors in the oil producers of the Gulf.

Going by the latest leaked email, the State Department and US intelligence clearly had no doubt that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding Isis. But there has always been bizarre discontinuity between what the Obama administration knew about Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states and what they would say in public. Occasionally the truth would spill out, as when Vice-President Joe Biden told students at Harvard in October 2014 that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates “were so determined to take down Assad and essentially have a proxy Sunni-Shia war. What did they do? They poured hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of tons of weapons into anyone who would fight against Assad. Except that the people who were being supplied were al-Nusra and al-Qaeda and the extremist elements of jihadis coming from other parts of the world”. Biden poured scorn on the idea that there were Syrian “moderates” capable of fighting Isis and Assad at the same time.

Hillary Clinton should be very vulnerable over the failings of US foreign policy during the years she was Secretary of State. But, such is the crudity of Trump’s demagoguery, she has never had to answer for it. Republican challenges have focussed on issues – the death of the US ambassador in Benghazi in 2012 and the final US military withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 – for which she was not responsible.

A Hillary Clinton presidency might mean closer amity with Saudi Arabia, but American attitudes towards the Saudi regime are becoming soured, as was shown recently when Congress overwhelmingly overturned a presidential veto of a bill allowing the relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the Saudi government.

Another development is weakening Saudi Arabia and its Sunni allies. The leaked memo speaks of the rival ambitions of Saudi Arabia and Qatar “to dominate the Sunni world”. But this has not turned out well, with east Aleppo and Mosul, two great Sunni cities, coming under attack and likely to fall. Whatever Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and the others thought they were doing it has not happened and the Sunni of Syria and Iraq are paying a heavy price. It is this failure which will shape the future relations of the Sunni states with the new US administration.

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Clinton Ahead of Trump at the Start of Week of Final Debate

The US Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, startes the current week of the last presidential debate with a four-percent lead over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, according to a recent national survey.

A poll released on Wednesday by Washington Post-ABC News found that the former Secretary of State has the backing of 47 percent of likely voters, compared to 43 percent of the New York billionaire.

Such figures represent an advance in comparison to the inquiry made by the media outlets before the first presidential debate, in late September, when Clinton only led by two points, 46 vs. 44 percent.

The new survey, held from October 10th to 13th, took place following the release of a video dating to 2005, in which the tycoon makes lewd comments on sexual abuse against women, a recording that led many members of the red party to withdraw their support.

According to the Washington Post, nearly 70 percent of respondents said they believe that the Republican candidate probably made unwelcome sexual advances, and most also agreed that his apology was not sincere.

In other surveys, such as the one made by NBC News / Wall Street Journal, the Democratic candidate exceeds her strongest rival by 11 points, while according to the RealClearPolitics, she is leading by 5.5 points.

It seems that this is how they will reach the third and final presidential debate before the elections, to be held on October 19th at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.

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Latest WikiLeaks Dump Futher Explains Clinton Strategy

The leaked emails provide further detail on how Hilary Clinton's team dealt with the Benghazi hearing and other campaign concerns. 

The latest batch of hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign Chairman John Podesta were released by whistleblowing group WikiLeaks early Friday. The newly-released emails add to the thousands already made public that detail the inner-workings of Clinton and her staff.

RELATED: Clinton Cozier with Big Interests Than Thought, Emails Show

In a 2015 email from Podesta to Clinton discussing her Benghazi hearing, Podesta suggests shifting the blame onto the Republican Party. Podesta suggested that Clinton’s team could ask why the Benghazi committee was “spending over US$4 million dollars and two years on a tragedy involving the death of four Americans” while Republicans were not concerned about thousands of American lives lost to firearms, cigarette smoking, work injuries and cancer.

The email stated that the hearing “is about PEOPLE and not about Hillary Clinton,” and that this approach would put “Benghazi Republicans on the defensive while siding with Americans.

During her time as U.S. secretary of state, Clinton took responsibility for a number of security breaches stemming from her use of a personal email account for classified communications during the hearing set up to investigate the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

RELATED: WikiLeaks Publish 2,000 Hillary Clinton Campaign Emails​

The latest leak also details how Clinton’s staff prepared for the hearing through a number of draft statements and how they planned to account for deleted emails.

“Off-record: If pressed on whether we are essentially admitting the possibility that she deleted some emails: Look, we do not know what these materials are, or where they came from. Just take a look at them: many of the documents are not even formatted as emails,” an email from campaign spokesman Brian Fallon explained.

Other emails from Clinton’s staff explained dealing with the media and journalists, and how her campaign was concerned about her connection with Wall Street and their concessions on supporting a carbon tax while opposing Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination.

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