Wikileaks: Podesta Emails on Biden, Chelsea Clinton, Palin
Wikileaks released its third installment of hacked emails from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta in which Chelsea Clinton was called a “brat,” along with messages mentioning Vice President Joe Biden, Univision, and Sarah Palin.
The organization released more than 5,000 emails so far. The exchanges give an inside look into deliberations between campaign aides on numerous topics including Republican nominee Donald Trump and the Department of Justice.
Worried About Offending Joe Biden
Emails show that when Clinton’s campaign began hiring staff, campaign manager Robby Mook, aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Podesta were concerned about whether Vice President Joe Biden would be “offended” and deliberated on how early a meeting with him could be scheduled.
Abedin emailed Mook and Mills on Jan. 27, 2015 about Clinton’s meeting with Biden the following week, warning that it would leak to the press and asked whether they were “still on board with her seeing him.”
“No objection thought if we could do it later I would,” Mills responded, suggesting that Biden and Clinton had a delicate relationship, since the vice president could have run for the president and they were interviewing people in his office.
“I worry the later we wait the more possibility there is that he’ll get offended. I’d rather have it leak and him feel respected than delay and he feel more pressure to run,” said Mook. “But I don’t know the guy at all…”
Abedin then responded, “Part of our challenge is we are interviewing people in his office and I am concerned he finds out and additionally feels like we are taking people from under him.”
Chelsea Clinton Called a “Spoiled Brat”
Former President Bill Clinton aide Doug Band called Chelsea Clinton a “spoiled brat” in a Nov. 12, 2011 email to Mills and Podesta over his company Teneo. It is not clear what the difference of opinion was between Band and the former first daughter, who in the email is referred by her initials “cvc.”
“I don’t deserve this from her and deserve a tad more respect or at least a direct dialogue for me to explain these things,” said Band. “She is acting like a spoiled brat kid who has nothing else to do but create issues to justify what she’s doing because she, as she has said, hasn’t found her way and has a lack of focus in her life. I realize she will be off of this soon but if it doesn’t come soon enough….”
DOJ Inside Sources
Emails between Clinton campaign spokesperson Brian Fallon, spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, Abedin, Mills, and Podesta from May 2015 suggest that the campaign had sources inside the Department of Justice at the time the former secretary of state was being investigated over her use of a private email server.
“DOJ just filed a briefing saying the gov’t proposes releasing HRC’s cache of work-related emails in January 2016,” wrote Fallon, who was previously a spokesman for the Justice Department.
“get out!???”, replied Mills.
“DOJ folks inform me there is a status hearing in this case this morning, so we could have a window into the judge’s thinking about this proposed production schedule as quickly as today,” added Fallon.
“Under Reacting” Trump’s Comments on Mexico
Haim Saban, Univision owner and a top Clinton donor, called on the campaign to come out stronger against Trump over his controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants, some of whom he has referred to as ‘rapists.’
“Haim thinks we are under reacting to Trump/Hispanics. Thinks we can get something by standing up for Latinos or attacking R’s for not condemning,” Podesta said in an email.
“Haim is right – we should be jamming this all the time,” replied Palmieri.
But Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake said Clinton had already come out against Trump’s comments.
“She has spoke about his comments, but didn’t say his name. She also condemned republicans for not attacking him. Want us to pull the examples of when she did? She could hit it again because he’s still out there saying it,” wrote Schake.
In another email, Saban was concerned when an article mentioned “Univision’s pro-Hillary boosterism.”
“I have nothing to do with it. NEVER tell our news dep. What to cover…. unlike some of my peers,” said Saban in an August 2015 email.
Joke on Sarah Palin Withheld From Story
Clinton made a joke about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, during an interview with the New York Times Magazine when she said she came face-to-face with “a huge moose.”
“I’ve eaten moose, too. I’ve had moose stew,” the transcript of the interview written in an email in July 2015 shows.
“In Alaska, moose stew. So that’s why I always got a big kick out of Sarah Palin with all of her, ‘We’re cooking up some moose stew here,'” she added, as she laughed.
Palmieri then asked the reporter not to include the reference to Palin.
“Fine to use the moose, but appreciate leaving the mention of Sarah Palin out,” Palmieri said.
Clinton Spokesman and Wikileaks Tweet Fight
Spokesman Brian Fallon reacted on Twitter about the leaked emails, “Media needs to stop treating Wikileaks like it is same as FOIA. Assange is colluding with Russian government to help Trump.”
Media needs to stop treating Wikileaks like it is same as FOIA. Assange is colluding with Russian government to help Trump.
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 11, 2016
“Wouldn’t it be good reading to see internal discussions abt Trump’s taxes? Yes but Wikileaks isn’t targeting Trump. That tells you something,” he added.
Wikileaks responded, “Yes. It tells you that we are an award winning media organization and not ‘hackers’. We don’t “target” anything.”
“You are no media organization. You are a propaganda arm of the Russian govt, running interference for their pet candidate, Trump,” said Fallon.
“False. Spewing lies does not increase your campaign’s credibility,” replied Wikileaks.