Daily News reports:
WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was unprepared when revelations were made public last year about the extensive use of her private email server, according to a series of newly released hacked emails.
Emails belonging to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta posted online by Wikileaks on Thursday show that neither he nor other top aides were clued into what Clinton and her staff had done — even when they asked.
“Did you have any idea of the depth of this story?” Podesta asked Clinton Campaign Manager Robby Mook in March 2015, after the story broke.
“Nope. We brought up the existence of emails in reserach (sic) this summer but were told that everything was taken care of,” Mook responded.
Clinton’s use of a private server has dogged her campaign since the start, raising questions about whether she risked national security in order to try to keep her communications private.
Months later, other Clinton allies remained furious about how her inner circle mishandled the emails.
“Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use a private email? And has that person been drawn and quartered?” Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden, a longtime Clinton ally who has a close relationship with Podesta, declared in a July email, saying the “whole thing is f—ing insane.”Podesta and the Clinton campaign have not authenticated the emails’ veracity. National security experts have said the emails, like internal emails at the Democratic National Committee, were all but certainly stolen by Russian-aligned hackers and given to WikiLeaks in order to try to influence the election and hurt Clinton.Revelations like these, and a lengthy memo from former Bill Clinton aide Doug Band that came out late Wednesday and showed him detailing how he’d helped enrich the family while supporting the foundation, have a real risk of doing just that.
Donald Trump didn’t waste time to blast Clinton for that memo, in which Band defended “Clinton, Inc.” and his place in it.
“The more emails WikiLeaks releases, the more lines between the Clinton Foundation, the secretary of state’s office and the Clinton’s personal finances, they all get blurred. Just today we read about Clinton confidante Doug Brand [sic.] bragging that he had funneled tens of millions of dollars to Bill Clinton Inc.,” he said during an Ohio rally. “Mr. Band called the arrangement unorthodox. The rest of us call it outright corrupt. … If the Clintons were willing to play this fast and loose with their enterprise when they weren’t in the White House just imagine what they’ll do given the chance to once again control the Oval Office.”