Robert Gehl reports that just one day after the world learned about Hillary Clinton’s private email server, John Podesta, the campaign’s chairman, sent an email stating that the campaign would have to “dump” the emails “sooner rather than later.”
The advice was discovered Tuesday in the latest “WikiLeaks” dump of Podesta’s emails by the online hacktivist group.
“Not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later,” Podesta says in an email to Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills, The Daily Caller is reporting.
Podesta never mentions specifically which emails he was talking about, but the email was sent late on March 2, 2015, the same day a New York Times story revealed the existence of the private server.
It’s also not clear what exactly Podesta meant when he said to “dump all those e-mails” because while it certainly seems like a request to “delete” them, some could interpret it as a request to turn them over to the authorities.
Two days later, Clinton’s emails were subpoenaed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. On March 9, Platte River Networks, the company handling Clinton’s server, received a request to preserve Clinton’s emails.
But according to documents released by the FBI in September, a Platte River Networks employee said in an interview he had an “oh shit” moment between March 25 and 31, when he realized he hadn’t deleted Clinton’s email archive after a request from Mills the previous December. The employee said he then used Bleachbit to erase the entire archive as thoroughly as possible.