Several messages in the latest Wikileaks dump of John Podesta’s emails show Hillary Clinton’s campaign planning to “control” discussion about her taxes and her health, which campaign manager Robby Mook describes as “hyper sensitive” topics.
Mook writes to campaign chairman Podesta, asking if he had brought up these issues with Clinton, in March of 2015 — before the official announcement of her intention to run for president.
“Have you talked with her at all about taxes and health?” he says. “I’m [sic] know both are hyper sensitive but I wonder if both are better dealt with very early so we control them–rather than responding to calls for transparency.”
Mook asks this question directly to Podesta, forwarding a thread where several figures in Clinton’s inner circle — Nick Merrill, Jennifer Palmieri, Kristina Schake, Tony Carrk, and lawyer Marc Elias — discuss potential press questions about Clinton’s nascent campaign. Oddly enough, the earliest email in the thread shows Merrill suggest that details about Mook “wearing polo shirts and using a standing desk” could “[excite] the likes of Ken Vogel and other conspiracy theorists to delve into how we’re operating.”
Carrk expresses concern that reporters might “dig deeper into the paid speeches” or look into “who is funding the campaign.”