On Tuesday, Wikileaks posted another batch of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta’s personal emails which include one in particular where Podesta proposed “dumping” the emails on the Clinton private server. The March 2nd, 2015 email was sent from Clinton’s campaign chairman to Cheryl Mills, one of Clinton’s top aides, on the same day The New York Times first broke the story that Clinton’s private server.
“On another matter….and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails,” Podesta wrote to Mills, just two days before the House Select Committee on Benghazi sent Hillary Clinton a document retention subpoena.
“Think you just got your new nick name,” Mills replied. While it is unclear who “Lanny” is, it is possible the pair are referring to Lanny Davis, a lawyer and lobbyist who served as a special council to Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.
On Wednesday, more emails posted by Wikileaks show discussions among the Clinton team about Lanny Davis, specifically with the dealing of the private server. In an email sent from Robby Mook to Podesta on March 8, 2015, Mook forwarded an interview Lanny Davis had with Chris Wallace discussing the email server revelation in which Mook replied: “We gotta zap Lanny out of our universe. Can’t believe he committed her to a private review of her hard drive on TV.”
Previously emails posted on Wikileaks showed other email chains between Clinton advisors on March 2nd expressing frustration about the NYT report. On the same day, Policy Advisor Neera Tanden wrote to Podesta: “Why didn’t they get this stuff out like 18 months ago? So crazy.”
The revelations that the Clinton team was well aware of the trouble the emails would cause and knew they needed to plan on “dumping” them before Congress or the general public could get their hands on them, could prove the intent that FBI Director James Comey said wasn’t there in July 2016. During a press conference, Comey said that while Clinton was “extremely careless” in her mishandling of classified emails on the private server, there was no evidence of “intent” that she deleted her emails to hide them from possible investigations and therefore did not suggest criminal charges.