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Trump aide mistakenly emails Politico reporter for Clinton dirt

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One of Donald Trump’s aides accidentally emailed a reporter from Politico to ask for information about the Whitewater real estate deal.

The aide, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks, meant to respond to Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo, but instead contacted Marc Caputo, a political reporter.

{mosads}The email included text from a message Michael Caputo sent to a Republican National Committee researcher asking him to “work up information on HRC/Whitewater as soon as possible,”  Politico reported Wednesday. Hicks was copied on the email.

“This is for immediate use and for the afternoon talking points process,” the email said.

The Hicks response — accidentally sent to Marc Caputo — said the RNC researcher, Michael Abboud, “is still an employee of the RNC.”

“We need to be sensitive to that until he comes over to our team full time,” the email said.

Whitewater is a controversy referring to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s real estate development through a company they formed called the Whitewater Development Corporation. There were allegations that Bill Clinton used his influence as Arkansas governor to get a $300,000 loan to the Clintons’ partner in the deal.

After he was elected president, the Justice Department and Congress looked into the deal, but the Clintons were not prosecuted.

RNC chief strategist Sean Spicer said in a statement that the Whitewater request was “just another example of Republican campaigns up and down the ballot looking to us for the best information.

“Whether it’s the Trump campaign or top Senate, House or down ballot candidates we will consistently provide them with the resources they need to win.”

 

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