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Leaks Raise 'Many Questions' About Clinton Campaign

Emails point to DOJ contacts and much more
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2016 1:48 PM CDT

(Newser) – There's more than talk of UFOs in leaked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign. One shows press secretary Brian Fallon—a former Justice Department official—communicating with the DOJ about the release of Clinton's State Department emails in May 2015. "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," he wrote. Though the DOJ was passing on public information and a federal probe into Clinton's emails hadn't yet begun, the communication still "raises many questions," reports NPR. Donald Trump—battling a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations—says the emails show Clinton "would be the most dishonest and the most corrupt person ever elected to high office."

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In a 2015 email titled "Needy Latinos," John Podesta notes former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson "can be a d***," per CBS News. Elsewhere, an aide suggests Marco Rubio would be the greatest threat to Clinton if chosen as Republican nominee, while a former political adviser says he's "petrified that Hillary is almost totally dependent on Republicans nominating Trump," adding she "has huge endemic political weaknesses that she would be wise to rectify." Those weaknesses—Clinton's convoluted campaign message, media image, email scandal, and role within the Clinton Foundation—are discussed by aides early on, yet "largely remain" today, notes the Washington Post. Clinton's team says the leak shows WikiLeaks is doing Russia's "dirty work to help elect Donald Trump;" Team Clinton says the Trump camp at least knew about the leak in advance. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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