Before Jennifer Palmieri took a job as communications director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, she worked at communications director in the Obama White House. And it was in that capacity that in March 2015, Palmieri coordinated with Clinton’s team to craft talking points about the former secretary of state’s use of a personal email account.
The email exchange, which was hacked from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account and released on Friday by WikiLeaks, is the first to show that someone from the Obama White House coordinated with Clintonworld about the fledgling scandal.
“Philippe and Nick — didn’t Condi also use a non-government account?” Palmieri wrote in a March 2, 2015 email to longtime Clinton adviser Philippe Reines and her press secretary, Nick Merrill.
“If so, think Nick has standing to go back to push NYT to make that clear and to push them to use all of Nick’s quote. It is not correct to say that Nick did not provide a reason for why she did not have a government account, his quote states the reason.”