|BEN AND DAVID RHODES|
The State Department and White House coordinated to shield Sec. of State John Kerry from being asked last March about Hillary Clinton’s emails in an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” newly released emails show.
“Think we can get this done so [Kerry] is not asked about email,” Jennifer Palmieri, then the White House’s communications director, wrote to then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on March 12, 2015, two days after Clinton held her first press conference to answer questions about her email practices.
The emails were obtained by the Republican National Committee in a lawsuit and viewed by The Daily Caller. The Wall Street Journal and Washington Examiner also reported on the documents.
Involved on one email chain discussing Kerry’s CBS appearance was Benjamin Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications.
Rhodes’ brother David is the president of CBS News.
The Examiner notes that Kerry was not asked about Clinton’s emails during his March 15 appearance on “Face the Nation.”
The emails are the first released to date which show how the White House and State Department interacted regarding the email scandal. They also lend support to what has long been speculated: that the Obama administration sought from the very beginning of the scandal to protect Hillary Clinton.
In a March 13, 2015, email entitled “Good to go on killing CBS idea,” Psaki told Palmieri “and we are going to hold on any other TV options just given the swirl of crap out there.”
Though Palmieri was at the White House at the time of the discussions, she had already announced that she would be taking a position on the Clinton campaign. Psaki took over...
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