WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman directed her former chief of staff to “dump all those emails” the same day a bombshell news report revealed Clinton’s use of a private email server while US secretary of state, WikiLeaks revealed Tuesday.
John Podesta sent the message to Cheryl Mills the evening of March 2, 2015, hours after the New York Times reported that Clinton might have violated federal records requirements by using the server, according to the latest batch of Podesta’s hacked emails.
“Not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later,” Podesta told Mills.
Mills responded: “Think you just got your new nick name.”
It’s unclear what Podesta meant by using the term “dump.” The “Lanny” mention is an apparent reference to lawyer Lanny Davis, who served as special counsel to then-President Bill Clinton.
In December 2014, Hillary Clinton — now the Democratic presidential nominee — turned over about 55,000 pages of work-related email to the State Department, but that fact wasn’t revealed until the Times reported on her use of the private server.
On March 10, 2015 — a week after the Podesta-Mills exchange — Clinton addressed the email scandal, and announced she had deleted about 30,000 personal emails.
Neither Podesta nor Clinton’s campaign immediately responded to requests for comment.