Podesta: Emails Released to Give ‘Fox News Something to Talk About’ Instead of Access Hollywood Tape
John Podesta, the former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, opened up on Wednesday about his hacked emails that were leaked just hours after the controversial Access Hollywood tape featuring President Donald Trump.
Podesta said he believes the emails were dumped by Wikileaks in an effort to distract the American public from the tape, in which Trump is heard boasting about grabbing women by their genitalia without permission. He also questioned whether there may have been a level of “coordination” between the Trump campaign and Wikileaks in releasing the hacked emails just after the shocking recording broke international news.
“I think it was done to try to divert attention,” Podesta told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “At least to give the anchors on Fox News something to talk about other than the Access Hollywood tape.”
2 For the record, I never said bad things about Hillary in the emails the Russians stole to help elect him POTUS
— John Podesta (@johnpodesta) February 16, 2017
A candidate openly admitting to sexual assault while on a hot mic would likely have been a critical blow to any other presidential campaign, but Trump was provided a level of cover by the Wikileaks dump, which unusually arrived late on a Friday afternoon instead of the typical morning release to drive the news cycle.
“I think that the question is whether there was coordination between the campaign and — and WikiLeaks, at least through intermediaries, about the timing of the — of the release,” Podesta added.
Watch a clip of the interview via MSNBC above.
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