The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that newly released emails show communications between top Clinton aides and White House officials in which both sides discussed protecting Hillary Clinton’s then potential Presidential campaign from eventual fallout that would come in regards to her private email. The WSJ revealed that these communications began in early 2015 which is when the original New York Times story of Clinton’s private email server in the bathroom broke. Though thus far the substance of discussion within the emails does not show illegal interactions between the two parties, the fact that there is now proof of communication in dealing with the matter leave questions about possible illegal action.
The emails were obtained by the RNC who issued a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain documents and records of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. The RNC turned over emails to the Wall Street Journal that pertained only to the collusion between top Clinton aides and top government officials, though it is reported they have a multitude of other documents they have yet to share.
In one series of emails Clinton’s people ask a top official at the State Department if John Kerry could refrain from answering questions about Clinton and her email scandal during media appearances. White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri emailed State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki about Kerry’s upcoming appearance on a CBS morning show and said, “between us on the shows…think we can get this done so he is not asked about email.”
Psaki responded, “Good to go on killing CBS idea.” She then reassured Palmieri they were were “going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.”
State Department spokesman John Kirby said there is nothing unusual about the exchange between the two women.
Another included a lawyer of Hillary Clinton’s being reassured by a top State Department official that although the media was saying otherwise, no one at the State Department told Congress that Clinton erred by using a private email server. Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management at the State Department, told Clinton’s attorney Heather Samuelson that Politico was “running [a] story that State official said Secretary Clinton did wrong thing” which Kennedy claimed was “wildly inaccurate reporting.”
Kirby stated there was also nothing wrong with the exchange between Kennedy and Samuelson either stating that Kennedy was “simply offering a reaction to a press article.”