Just hours after wikileaks released the 5th part of the Podesta emails dump which in turn came shortly after part 4 which together amounted to some 1,866 new email, Wikileaks has unveiled the latest, 6th part in what now is a daily event, which released another 2,000 emails, bringing the total number of emails released to over 9,000 and assuring that at least one part of the media will be busy digging through hundreds of emails more, while much of the remaining part of the media will be doing all it can to ignore the latest release and instead focusing on the latest sexual allegations against Donald Trump.
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) October 13, 2016
Some initial observations:
The Soros Hamptons invite (link):
Dear Mr. Podesta,
I am writing to follow up on my message below. Please let me know if you are available to join Mr. and Mrs. Soros one weekend at their residence in Southampton. Weekends that would work well for a visit are August 7th-10th or August 28th-31st.
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“Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them” – In November 2014, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook emailed Podesta about the urgency of pushing a bill to move the Illinois primary out of March, refers to a “lifeline to a moderate Republican candidate.” Illinois was offered “a bonus of 10% extra delegates if they move to April and 20% if they move to May,” but didn’t change the date as it had already done so in 2008. (link)
“Our preference would be for them to move all the way to May, but if they at least move to April 12 or April 19 they will have the day to themselves and presumably garner a lot of coverage,” says Mook. “They will also be influencing a big northeast primary day on April 26.”
“They don’t really care about being helpful and feel forgotten and neglected by POTUS,” Mook writes. “The key point is that this is not an Obama ask, but a Hillary ask. And the Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them.”
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More concerns about Hillary’s emotional detachment, revealed in an email from Steve Hildebrand, former deputy national campaign director for Barack Obama, to Podesta (link)
“Hillary has got to get away from Washington speak and begin immediately to find an emotional connection to regular Americans,”
“She needs to have a greater understanding of what people and families are going through every day. And, then she needs to find an emotional connection. This has to turn around now.”
Podesta responds saying he is “aiming in the same direction” but would not mimic Bernie Sanders’ tactics. “Bernie has gone decidedly negative and personal and like most things maybe he can get away with it. But we live with a double standard, so I think it’s a mistake to follow him down that path.”
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An email chain reveals debate prep for the January 14 debate, in which the need for a review of “the sensitive WJC [William Jefferson Clinton] related questions” is brought up (link).
“Is this accomplishable or will it be too weird?” Karen Dunn, lawyer and former counsel for Obama for America asks Huma Abedin. “Maybe the WJC stuff will come up during this session but if not, better done in a smaller group. Plus, our smaller group may want to meet after this anyhow?”
Huma Abedin suggests the small Bill Clinton team meet at Clinton’s house. “#2 small group agenda item could take a while….” she says.
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Correspondence regarding a CNN request; including some mention of a purposefully leaked letter? (link)
Worth remembering though that Gowdy last week on the record said his committee doesn’t have the authority to seek her server.
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Joking about personal yoga emails, and several fake email exchanges from “JoeyBiden”, Bushes, etc (link)
I like the “we still on for yoga part”
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Jon Lovett wrote Terry’s speech and came up with a new these tweets. See if HRC one seems okay. For our and Terry’s politics I would not do Biden one.
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He would have photos of printed out emails from HRC to others. > > Thinking like….one from HRC to Jason Chafetz who took over from Issa, wants to subpoena HRC’s server, and literally has his gmail address printed on his official business card. > > Maybe a chain between HRC and the Republican 2016ers that have personal email addresses like Jeb, Walker, Christie, etc.
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Another admission of co-mingling of the purpose of meetings – CHAI board member and Long Pine Capital employee requesting a meeting, CVC suggesting it would be good for her mom’s campaign (link)
for so many reasons – not least of which it would be good for my moms campaign – it would be great if john could meet with mala. how best to ensure that happens? Thanks
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An email in which Laura Graham discusses CVC profit vs. foundation staff payments — looks like McKenna wants more $, trying to split it 50/50% with CF vs. Chelseas “profit” work (link)
I have no idea how they achieved what is a 50/50 split on his CVC work between her for profit and CF activities. I think it’s more heavily weighted toward her for profit and would think it would be closer to a 75/25 split. I have pushed back on Matt via HR several times asking for written justification and job responsibilities. He has given me nothing but generic statements so he’s being less than cooperative. He bitched to Bari who relayed to HR that he hasn’t had an increase in his CF fee in 2 years. I don’t know if that is true. I am checking. Regardless, his concern for not getting an increase for CF (if that’s the case) in 2 years, as I have pointed out, is not a reason to arbitrarily just add costs to CF in the name of CVC. CVC has apparently approved this but I will double check with her directly. If we are going to increase him for CVC CF related work (and I agree that makes sense) it shouldn’t be arbitrary. It should be based on the estimated time she expects for the duration of his 6 month contract incorporating her actual time to date, as we do with CESC employees, to arrive at a figure that has some basis. I have also insisted that any increase be accompanied by a time sheet outlining the hours he is spending on CF – CVC and non CVC to ensure that he is tracking and we are approving them.
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Obama-Biden 501c4 never filed paperwork for a Social Welfare Organization (link):
As some of you know, we’ve never formally filed papers for our 501(c)(4). For a variety of reasons, we think it makes sense to finally do that after Election Day. We’ll also rename it the “Obama-Biden Transition Project”. John has suggested that the five people listed on the incorporation papers will be the five of you. There’s nothing you need to do, but the press will obviously get a copy of the legal papers. I just wanted to give you a heads-up in case you have any concerns. (And if it makes any difference, we’re getting directors and officers liability insurance for the transition.)
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Here is Hillary preparing the script for Benghazi (Link):
Hello. I’m sure you are hearing a lot about my emails when I was Secretary of State. So I want to take some time to try and explain what’s going on to you directly, in one place, at one time, as best as I can
I didn’t keep my email secret. Whenever I emailed, it was from my address. Whenever people emailed me, it was to my account. Work, personal, whatever.
I also didn’t do this to skirt rules. And I didn’t do it to avoid having my records preserved. When the State Department asked former Secretaries of State who served since email was widely used to help fill out the archival record, I did so, printing 55,000 pages of email including anything related to my work at the State Department. To get a sense of how outdated some of the government’s archiving practices are, we had to print all 55,000 pages because that’s what the rules demand. Believe me, printing more than 30,000 email instead of handing them over electronically isn’t something anyone does by choice.
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The discussion of “wet works”, days before Scalia’s deatrh:
I am all in
Sounds like it will be a bad nite , we all need to buckle up and double down
To: Steve Elmendorf <email@example.com>
Didn’t think wet works meant pool parties at the Vineyard.
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As usual, we request readers to send us any notable emails that they find in the latest dump.