Did the Clinton Campaign have Prior Knowledge of Scalia’s Death?

Buried in the thousands of Hillary Clinton-related documents dumped by Wikileaks is part of an email exchange between Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and lobbyist and fundraiser Steve Elmendorf.

In the email, Podesta uses the phrase “wet works.”

“Wet works” comes from the Cold War era and was a Soviet term for assassination.

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The email from Podesta was sent to Elmendorf four days before conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — whose replacement will be nominated by the next president — died in a Texas hotel room, under circumstances that some skeptics of the official version claim are suspicious.

Before we go riding off to fetch the marshal, let’s be clear.

Podesta is not being accused of involvement in anything immoral or illegal by this columnist, and certainly not a “hit” on Scalia.

Officially, there is no evidence that Scalia’s death was anything but natural.

The entire context of the email is unclear and could be related to a previous conversation, as it is short yet seems to be clearly understood by Elmendorf. We should concede at the outset that the email could be perfectly innocent, even just an inside joke or something.

That said, the email raises a question — I think it’s a fair question, given all the allegations flying around about both candidates and the general “air” of scandal hovering over this election, and it’s a question that should be answered, hopefully easily by Mr. Podesta or the Clinton campaign. That question is:

Why would Podesta use the phrase “wet works” in an email sent days before Scalia died?

In the email exchange, Podesta, in an email subject lined “Thanks” and sent February 9, 2016, 4:36 p.m., wrote to Elmendorf:

“Didn’t think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard.”

To which Elmendorf, in an email subject lined “RE: Thanks” and sent February 9, 2016, at 8:56 p.m., writes to Podesta:

“I am all in

“Sounds like it will be a bad nite , we all need to buckle up and double down”

Below is a screen capture of the document, which can also be seen at Wikileaks.


We all know the rumors surrounding the Clintons in regards to what happens to certain of their political enemies. Before this email joins those rumors, I think Podesta should answer the question publicly.

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