Wikileaks: John Podesta asked about withholding email correspondence with Barack Obama from the Congress
According to Wikileaks John Podesta asked Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Cheryl Mills, if they should withhold email correspondence with Barack Obama from the Congress. Here is more:
In a March 4, 2015 email to Hillary Clinton’s lawyer Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s eventual campaign chairman John Podesta asks if they should withhold email exchanges between Clinton and President Obama that were sent over Clinton’s private server.
The day before Podesta sent his email to Mills, the House Benghazi Committee privately told Clinton to preserve and hand over all her emails. (The FBI report on Clinton’s emails notes on Page 18 that on March 3, 2015, the United States House Select Committee on Benghazi provided a letter to the law firm Williams & Connolly requesting the preservation and production of all documents and media related to the email addresses firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.)
The email from Podesta to Mills, titled “Special Category,” reads: “Think we should hold emails to and from potus? That’s the heart of his exec privilege. We could get them to ask for that. They may not care, but I(t) seems like they will.”
Cheryl Mills was smart about it, she did not respond by email but the State Department did not turn these emails over to the Congress so it is pretty obvious what her answer was. It is unclear whether or not Barack Obama used Executive Privilege to stop the release of these emails but I believe if he did we would probably have heard about it by now–probably.
Either way it is still interesting because we were told all Hillary Clinton’s work related emails were turned over and only her emails about yoga pants and wedding dresses were deleted, but if this was the case why would Barack Obama or John Podesta be worried about keeping these emails from the Congress? And why would Hillary Clinton be emailing the President about yoga pants and wedding dresses in the first place?
It reminds me of that line from A Few Good Men, “is the colonel’s underwear a matter of national security?”
None of this passes the common sense test…
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium