One distinct feature of the 2016 presidential election cycle has been an almost-constant onslaught of information. Wikileaks has parsed out thousands of hacked emails relating to the Clinton campaign, and the latest is a major bombshell.
A senior Justice Department official sent news about the State Department’s review of Hillary Clinton’s emails directly to Clinton’s campaign team. This revelation bolsters critics who say the DOJ is shielding Clinton from rightful prosecution.
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The Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs, Peter Kadzik, sent an email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta from a private Gmail account on May 19 of 2015. The subject line read “Heads up.”
“There is a (House Judiciary Committee) oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify,” he wrote. “Likely to get questions on State Department emails.”
“Another filing in the (Freedom of Information Act) case went in last night or will go in this am that indicates it will be awhile (2016) before the State Department posts the emails,” he added.
The DOJ isn’t responding to any questions about this email. The Clinton campaign, likewise, remains silent.
The Trump campaign has seized on it, though. Trump–speaking in Florida yesterday, noted that Kadzik is “a close associate of John Podesta.”
“These are the people that want to run our country, folks,” Trump said. “The spread of political agendas into Justice Department — there’s never been a thing like this that has happened in our country’s history — is one of the saddest things that has happened to our country.”
The “heads up” was sent from a private email account, and not from an official account that could have later been searched by a FOIA request. This further adds to critics beliefs that it was meant as a tip-off.
The Trump team has rightfully pointed out that Kadzik and Podesta are friends. Kadzik worked as a lawyer for Podesta. Kadzik’s wife worked in Bill Clinton’s White House during the time when Podesta was Clinton’s chief of staff.