New emails have been discovered showing White House officials coordinating with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign on how to deal with the potential fallout of her email scandal. These emails were released to the Wall Street Journal by the Republican National Committee. They were obtained through a FOIA request.
In early 2015 the White House communications director urged her counterpart at the State Department to tell John Kerry to avoid questions about Clinton’s email server.
In another email, a top State Department official assured a Clinton attorney that they had not informed Congress that her private email server was a violation of law. This contradicted media reports.
Ten days after the story broke, White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri emailed State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki to ask, “between us on the shows…think we can get this done so he is not asked about email.” That apparently referred to Mr. Kerry, who appeared in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation” three days later.
Ms. Palmieri had previously announced she would be leaving the administration to join Mrs. Clinton’s campaign in mid-2015, but was still at the White House when she sent the email. Other emails show Ms. Palmieri helped arrange for Ms. Psaki to move from the State Department to the White House communications job Ms. Palmieri was vacating. “Agree completely and working to crush on my end,” wrote back Ms. Psaki, who would move to the White House weeks later.
A day later, Ms. Psaki added, “Good to go on killing CBS idea.” She continued, “And we are going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.” Mr. Kerry wasn’t asked on CBS about the email server, though it isn’t clear how Ms. Psaki could have guaranteed that.
Teased by Ms. Palmieri about her use of the phrase “swirl of crap,” Ms. Psaki wrote back: “Ha I mean—the challenging stories out there.”
While not illegal, this new revelation does raise ethical questions. How much did the White House know about the Clinton email server? Were they trying to downplay the scandal because President Obama knew more about it then he has let on? There just might be something more here.