Hacked emails released in daily dispatches over the weekend by the WikiLeaks group showed Hillary Clinton’s campaign staff worried about bringing up her health or finances because she regarded them as ‘hyper sensitive’ issues.
The email was sent via Mook’s gmail account on March 14 2015 before Clinton’s decision to run had been made official.
‘Have you talked with her at all about taxes and health? I’m [sic] know both are hyper sensitive but I wonder if both are better dealt with very early so we control them–rather than responding to calls for transparency. What do you think?,’ Mook wrote.
Leaked emails show Hillary Clinton’s campaign team were hesitant to ask her about her taxes and health because both are ‘hyper sensitive’ issues
Campaign manager Robby Mook sent an email to campaign chairman John Podesta asking him if he’d spoken to Clinton about the ‘hyper sensitive’ issues
Podesta’s response has not – as of yet – been leaked.
Along with his message, Mook forwarded on a conversation he’d had with other members of Clinton’s circle about questions the press might ask.
Nick Merrill, Jennifer Palmieri, Kristina Schake, Tony Carrk, and lawyer Marc Elias were all in on the thread.
Carrk wrote: ‘Any mention that she is using her personal money to pay for costs could lead some to use that as an opening to either a) dig deeper into the paid speeches; or b) demand her tax returns to know who is funding the campaign.
‘I don’t know how likely that is but the press is on a transparency kick. I do remember in 08 after it was announced she put $5 million into the campaign before Super Tuesday, the press wanted WJCs paid speeches and their tax returns.
‘Our answer then was she was using money from her $8 million advance on living history. In any case, could be nothing but wanted to raise just the same.’
In the same thread Elias included a draft response to the press about Clinton’s decision to run for president and how it’s being funded.
Clinton’s Campaign Chairman John Podesta had his gmail account hacked and his emails are being released by Wikileaks
‘Secretary Clinton has not made any final decision about running for president. She is currently engaged in what the FEC calls “testing the waters”.
‘Like all people who consider running for office, she has the support of many individuals who have agreed to volunteer their time to help her make this important decision.
‘Any actual expenses incurred in this effort are being paid by her personally, and do not require registration or reporting at this time. If and when she becomes a candidate those expense will be reported,’ the draft said.
Another email thread from July 31, 2015, shows how Clinton’s team then decided to give information out about her health and tax records.
Clinton’s director of speechwriting Dan Schwerin proposed a ‘proactive disclosure strategy’.
He suggested sending out information from a letter written by Clinton’s physician Lisa Bardack to established media outlets.
‘We expect the stories that pop at 2 pm to have headlines such as CLINTON IN “EXCELLENT HEALTH,” MEDICAL RECORDS SAY … CLINTON RELEASES HEALTH REPORT… CLINTON CAMP AIMS TO ONE-UP BUSH IN DISCLOSING FINANCES,’ the strategy said.
Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon sent an email in July 2015 about the order in which information on the democratic candidate’s health and taxes would be released
Fallon and his team hoped that releasing details about Clinton’s taxes would give them ‘the best possible, “fighting” chance of promoting the most helpful storylines’
Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon sent an email about the order in which information would be released.
‘We will provide the travelers list with the toplines of Clinton’s 2014 tax returns, emphasizing their effective tax rates (both federal and state-federal, combined).
‘We will also provide advance text of the statement from HRC about how the wealthy – a category in which she includes herself – ought to pay their fair share, not seek to shrink or shirk their obligations. We will provide these materials on embargo until 4 pm. We expect the headlines from this round to include: “CLINTONS PAID xx% RATE IN 2014” … “CLINTON, RELEASING RETURNS, SAYS WEALTHY SHOULD PAY MORE.”,’ he wrote.
It was noted that once Clinton’s tax records were released the media may write more negative stories but the team would have a ‘fighting chance’ at getting a good response.
‘[B]ased on the framing performed in the earlier rounds of stories, we will have given ourselves the best possible, “fighting” chance of promoting the most helpful storylines (i.e., the superlative of being the first candidate to release her health records, the Clintons’ high effective tax rate, their call for a more progressive tax code that asks wealthy individuals like themselves to pay more, the heightened transparency of HRC’s tax returns as compared to Jeb’s, etc),’ Schwerin wrote.
Also among the hacked emails released this weekend are threads showing Clinton’s campaign staff were worried about a response to the gay community’s backlash over a comment concerning former first lady Nancy Reagan and AIDS.
The documents also include transcripts of Clinton speeches and question-and-answer sessions that Goldman Sachs hosted in 2013, appearances for which she received hundreds of thousands of dollars.
The documents were among thousands of emails hacked from the accounts of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
U.S. intelligence officials have blamed the Russian government for a series of breaches intended to influence the presidential election. The Russians deny involvement.