Top Clinton adviser wanted to send out a ‘decoy’ leak after email scandal broke

Top Clinton adviser wanted to send out a ‘decoy’ leak after email scandal broke
Robby Mook (Image: MSNBC screen grab via Twitter)

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager wanted to leak an announcement — presumably officially announcing her presidential candidacy — as a “decoy” after the New York Times first reported her email scandal in March 2015.

“I think we should get a credible leak out that we’re announcing on the 20th. As a decoy,” campaign manager Robby Mook told adviser John Podesta in a March 12, 2015, email 10 days after the New York Times story broke. The email was made public Monday by WikiLeaks.

Podesta didn’t respond to the email thread, and Clinton’s campaign didn’t officially announce her candidacy until April 12, 2015.

Clinton’s use of private email addresses and a homebrew server to conduct official Department of State business and communicate classified information continues to plague her candidacy, with less than one week before the presidential election.

FBI Director James Comey, who in July said he wouldn’t recommend criminal prosecution for Clinton over her emails, told Congress Friday that he was reopening the case because of the discovery of thousands of previously unseen emails.

The new emails related to the Clinton case were found on a computer belonging to disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner, the New York Democrat who is married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, during the FBI’s investigation of Weiner’s alleged sexting conversations with a 15-year-old-girl.

This report, by Kathryn Watson, was cross-posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.

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