Axelrod mangles truth; questions pour in about Hillary email cover-up

As the State Department continues its court-ordered release of emails from Hillary Clinton’s days as secretary of state, the number of truth-challenged people in Washington is only going to get higher.

And Tuesday’s release added a former senior adviser to President Obama to that list.

As recently as June 17, former White House adviser David Axelrod assured a national audience on MSNBC’s “The Morning Joe” that he knew nothing about Clinton’s email operation, including a private server she used to conduct the business of the United States outside the prying eyes of the American public.

Under questioning from host Joe Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski, Axelrod said if only he had known about Clinton’s private email address he would have “asked a few questions.” What he neglected to mention — despite two opportunities — was that he himself had emailed Clinton on that very email address twice, in June and July 2009.  (There may be more, this was the first batch, remember.)

And here’s an email from Clinton aide Huma Abedin to Hillary, explaining that Axelrod wanted her email address — implying he knew she wasn’t using a government account.

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In an email to CNN, Axelrod tried a Clintonian massage.

“I knew it wasn’t a government address. I didn’t know that she used it exclusively,” Axelrod wrote.

That doesn’t explain why he never mentioned it during “The Morning Joe” interview. Instead, he concentrated on pushing how little the whole email scandal mattered to American voters.

“The gamble of the Clinton campaign is that people don’t care about that,” he said. “I’m not sure it’s going to have an impact.”

Maybe it will, maybe it won’t.

But the combination of the email release with Axelrod’s name on it and a 2-week-old video of the same guy saying he didn’t know anything about it will have an impact on whether anyone believes a word Axelrod says about it.

Early indications don’t look good, since Axelrod’s explanation only brings up even more questions, as Twitchy.com notes.

How about what the meaning of the word “true” is?

       

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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