Hillary Clinton‘s aides wanted her to apologize publicly for deleting thousands of emails and described her ‘inability to show remorse’ as a ‘character problem’.
John Podesta, the chairman of her campaign, said he wanted the candidate to express remorse over the scandal but had trouble ‘getting her there’.
Emails written in August 2015 and released by Wikileaks on Saturday shared his exchange with another adviser on the subject.
Neera Tanden, hailed in the past as Clinton’s ‘political guru’, said an apology would ‘take the air’ out of the scandal.
Hillary Clinton’s aides tried to convince her to apologize for her disastrous handling of thousands of emails last year but had trouble ‘getting her there’, leaked emails reveal
In an email to Podesta titled ‘Emails – my thoughts’, she wrote: ‘Her inability to just do a national interview and communicate genuine feelings of remorse and regret is now, I fear, becoming a character problem (more so than honesty).
‘People hate her arrogant, like her down. It’s a sexist context, but I think it’s the truth.
‘I see no downside in her actually just saying, look, I’m sorry. I think it will take so much air out of this.’
Tanden continued: ‘I see no way of moving on until October otherwise.’
Podesta, who has taken aim at Wikileaks founder Julian Assange this week for publishing the emails, agreed in his response.
‘Jen and I are in the same place. Trying to figure out how to get her there and best way to execute,’ he said.
John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign Chairman, agreed with Neera Tanden’s adviser’s view Clinton needed to apologize for the emails
The pair aired their views on the subject in an email chain on August 22, some two weeks before Clinton apologized for the scandal
Tanden, who has been described as Clinton’s ‘political guru’, said her failure to publicly express remorse was becoming a ‘character problem’
Clinton refused to apologize last year after it was revealed she had been using a private email account and server while she was Secretary of State.
On September 2, two weeks after Podesta and Tanden discussed trying to get her to apologize for it, she appeared on MSNBC and said while it wasn’t ‘the best choice’, it had been ‘allowed’ by the State Department.
Days later she did apologize, telling ABC news: ‘As I look back at it now, even though it was allowed, I should have used two accounts. That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.’
The FBI last year ordered her to hand over some 15,000 exchanges that were not included in a collection previously given to the State Department.
Clinton has maintained somewhat of a stubborn position on the issue ever since and even as recently as the second presidential debate on October 9 tried to brush off criticism on the subject from her opponent Donald Trump.