Leaked emails show tension inside Clinton inner circle

WASHINGTON (AP) - Newly leaked emails show consternation among those closest to Hillary Clinton about how Bill Clinton's business dealings might damage his reputation and potentially affect her presidential hopes.

The emails were posted Tuesday by the WikiLeaks organization. They also give insight into tension and turmoil within the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was serving as secretary of state. The chief operating officer of the family charity was reported to be threatening to commit suicide over the stress.

WikiLeaks began releasing on Friday what it says are years of messages from the accounts of Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta. A round of leaked emails included one flagging potentially embarrassing comments Clinton may have made in paid speeches to Wall Street firms before launching her presidential campaign.

Podesta has acknowledged his emails were hacked, but warned the messages may have been altered or edited to do political damage to Clinton.

The latest release of 1,190 new emails includes one from Clinton confidante Neera Tanden in August of 2015 suggesting the candidate turn her email server over to a third party. That was well after the Justice Department had initiated an investigation.

“Isn’t it going to leak out of the FBI anyway,” Tanden wrote.

It wasn't immediately clear who hacked Podesta's emails, though U.S. intelligence officials last week blamed the Russian government for a series of breaches and leaks intended to influence the presidential election.

The releases "removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized WikiLeaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump’s candidacy," Clinton spokesperson Glen Caplin said in a statement last week.

One email shows how Podesta tried — and failed — to obtain an invitation to a state dinner honoring Canada in March of this year for a lobbyist working for a company advocating for the Keystone XL pipeline, which Podesta is on the record opposing.

Trump took to Twitter to react to the release, calling it "disgraceful behavior."

The most potentially problematic release so far remains the initial dispatch, which identified excerpts from Clinton’s paid speeches, including one in which she expressed support for a hemispheric open trade zone and open borders. That’s a position at odds with her campaign platform in which she’s been critical of trade agreements.

Monday's release included a note from current Democratic National Committee chair Donna Brazile from when she was working as a DNC vice chair. In January of 2016, she forwarded to Clinton officials an email from Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign announcing a "Twitterstorm" from Sanders’ African-American outreach team. “FYI” Brazile wrote in the forwarded message.

“Thank you for the heads up on this Donna,” replied Clinton campaign spokeswoman Adrienne Elrod.

Related: Emails show how private and public Clinton statements clash


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