Now newly released emails (embedded below) reported on by The Wall Street Journal show that from day one senior White House officials, including one headed for the campaign, and one of Clinton’s own attorneys who received immunity from prosecution, were coordinating responses with senior State Department officials about how to “manage” the growing Clinton email scandal. These emails further raise questions about the integrity of officials at the highest levels of government in handling this matter.
The email discussion included a request from the
“White House communications director to her counterpart at the State Department to see if it was possible to arrange for Secretary of State John Kerry to avoid questions during media appearances about Mrs. Clinton’s email arrangement.
“In another instance, a top State Department official assured an attorney for Mrs. Clinton that, contrary to media reports, a department official hadn’t told Congress that Mrs. Clinton erred in using a private email account.”
These emails were obtained by the Republican National Committee as part of a FOIA lawsuit seeking records of Mrs. Clinton’s time in office. The RNC provided to The Wall Street Journal only some of the emails. Those same emails have been provided to The Lid and are below. According to the RNC they only released the emails relevant to the communication between the White House and State Department.
Meredith McGehee, chief of policy, programs, and strategy at the nonpartisan advocacy group Issue One and an expert on ethics and campaign finance, said the email exchange would probably raise no legal concerns because federal law permits members of the White House staff to engage in some political activity.
While not illegal the coordination does suggest the Adminstration was involved in the cover-up, and adds extra-credence to the speculation that the recent actions of the Department of Justice and FBI in clearing Hillary Clinton were less than Kosher.
The New York Times reported on March 2, 2015, that Mrs. Clinton had exclusively used a private email server for government business when she was secretary of state. That set off months of controversy for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, culminating in a Federal Bureau of Investigation probe that recommended against prosecution of Mrs. Clinton.
At the time of the initial report, Mrs. Clinton hadn’t formally declared her intention to mount a presidential campaign, but she had begun hiring staff ahead of her formal announcement on April 12, 2015…