Podesta Emails Pt. 2

Podesta Emails Pt. 2

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Shanna Nelson, Business Policy Contributor

1. Those “Needy Latinos”

In an email chain between Clinton and Podesta, Podesta encourages Clinton to reach out to a few Latino politicians about endorsements. With a subject line reading “Needy Latinos and 1 easy call”. In the email, he says it’s  “Probably worth a quick call to ask him to stay stout and publicly endorse, but if it's too galling, don't bother”.

2. Shady Conversation with “DOJ Folks”
In an email chain among campaign staffers and Brian Fallon, Clinton’s campaign staffer and the Former Director of the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs, the Clinton campaign received information from people at the Department of Justice about the hearings in regards to Hillary’s emails from the state department. It says,

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.

It’s obvious that there is a shady relationship between the Clinton campaign and the Department of Justice, the question is how far has that carried her with her election, as well as the email scandal?

3. Getting debate questions ahead of time from CNN Contributors
Debbie Brazile, acting chairwoman for the DNC and at the time vice-chair of the DNC and CNN contributor, emailed Palmieri with info regarding a debate question for an upcoming CNN debate between Clinton and Sanders about the death penalty saying, “Here's one that worries me about HRC”. Trump’s campaign has raised questions about the fairness of debates, but Brazille made a statement saying that she did not show any favoritism to Clinton’s campaign and that she treated Sanders and Clinton fairly, which is obviously untrue.

4. Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood
Among the emails released are discussions between Planned Parenthood and the Clinton campaign, strategizing a meeting between Hillary and Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood CEO and Clinton supporter, the day before Richards’ hearing, as well as the plan for Hillary to visit a clinic for publicity reasons. It says,

Heard the visit may be Monday – I’m on deck to help with talking points, I know from their side, it would go a long way if we first reached out to the national office and let them talk first with the CEO of that affiliate... HRC would be the first 2016 candidate and maybe the first presidential candidate ever (?) to visit a PP health center. Plus, if it happens on Monday, the very next day is their digital day of action so we could roll right into that and get a nice bump on digital as well.

5. Mitt Romney and the Illinois Primary
The emails included Clinton staffers discussing Mitt Romney’s strategy, saying “There are two ways to approach the strategies mentioned above. The first is to use the field as a whole to inflict damage on itself similar to what happened to Mitt Romney in 2012”.  They also discussed trying to get the Illinois primary moved forward this election cycle because they were worried Clinton couldn’t win the state, since Romney won it in 2012.

6. Arguing over subject headers
Apparently Clinton staffers don’t know how to use subject lines, and they even argued over their importance. The email said,

It helps if people use the subject header in the way the Good Lord intended them to be used: to convey the subject. It’s not like we’re pleading for something extraordinary, like the subject header expressed in Hieroglyphics. We’re asking for a modicum of connection between the subject header of the email and the actual subject of the email. Clear and concise subject headers don’t ever confuse people. Nobody ever recoils from a clear subject header. But when they are not, it’s hard to keep track. The below is a case in point.

But do the subject lines really matter when the emails are just going to be deleted?

7. Bernie’s “dumb plans for Wall Street”  
Many of the emails released discussed Bernie Sanders, mainly just the Clinton staffers discussing how terrible his plans for Wall Street are. They discussed Hillary’s opinions on Wall Street and the need for her to seem more approachable to voters. Palmieri said,

I liked messing with Bernie on wall street at a staff level for the purposes of muddying the waters and throwing them off their game a bit... But don’t know that it is most effective contrast for her. Seems like we are picking the fight he wants to have.

8. Bribery
The Clinton campaign’s attempt to push back the Illinois primary has already been discussed, but the emails surrounding this issue are pushy, containing some interesting bribery. The email reads, “They don't really care about being helpful and feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS,..." It continues, “The key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask. And the Clintons won't forget what their friends have done for them".

9. Rubio “the next Obama”
In the emails, Clinton staffers discussed Rubio and how they were worried about Hillary going up against him in the general. One staffer writes, "He gives a good speech, and sounded much more reasonable, populist and accessible than much of the rest of the GOP field. Felt more like an inspiring Democratic speech than a GOP candidate." Another says, “It’s interesting to compare/contrast with Obama 08."

10. Hillary Hates Everyday Americans
On April 19th, 2015, Podesta wrote to Palmieri,

I know she has begun to hate everyday Americans, but I think we should use it once the first time she says I’m running for president because you and everyday Americans need a champion. I think if she doesn’t say it once, people will notice and say we false started in Iowa.

I would dare say the feeling, for many, is mutual. As more of what Clinton has said in the dark is brought to light, the more those everyday Americans are going to see her true colors. She is not a champion for the everyday American, her policies only serve to advance her political career.

Emails like these should be a wake up call to Americans, especially those voting for her. The things said in private, especially things like this, are of serious concern to our country, our national security, and our citizens’ well being.

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