Top ally on Clinton's use of private email server: 'Whole thing is f---ing insane'

A top ally of Hillary Clinton characterised the situation surrounding the Democratic presidential nominee’s decision to use a private email server as “f—ing insane,” a hacked email published on Thursday by WikiLeaks showed.

Neera Tanden, a political activist and the president of the Center for American Progress, emailed Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in July 2015 ahead of an appearance she was making on CNN. She switched from talking about a CNN poll to questioning Podesta about Clinton’s emails.

“Do we actually know who told Hillary she could use private email?” Tanden asked in the hacked emails. “And has that person been drawn and quartered? Like whole thing is f—ing insane.”

The FBI investigated Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, but ultimately declined to recommend the Justice Department move forward with charges against her.

Newly released hacked emails suggest the scandal took the campaign somewhat by surprise.

In March 2015, after The New York Times published a story outlining how Clinton used the personal email account while secretary of state, Podesta wrote Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and asked if he had “any idea the depth” of the story.

“Nope,” Mook responded. “We brought up the existence of emails in reserach [sic] this summer but were told that everything was taken care of.”

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