Former Clinton aide: ‘Foolish’ not to push back on email troubles
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A former Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSupreme Court agrees to hear 'faithless elector' cases Poll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE campaign aide acknowledges in a new memoir that it was “foolish” not to push back more forcefully on concerns over Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Jennifer Palmieri writes in her upcoming book that Clinton wanted to address the issue, but her campaign team urged against it, according to The Washington Post, which obtained excerpts of the book. 

“It was a mistake, although at the time it was hard to accept that telling Hillary to keep bringing up the emails herself could possibly be the right advice,” Palmieri, who served as the Clinton campaigns' communications director, wrote in her memoir, "Dear Madam President."


Clinton was dogged throughout the 2016 presidential campaign by questions about her use of a private email server during her time as secretary of State. 

Then-FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyNYT: Justice investigating alleged Comey leak of years-old classified info Bernie-Hillary echoes seen in Biden-Sanders primary fight Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE issued a statement during the campaign that Clinton was careless, but had done nothing illegal. He reopened the case just days before the election, but found no wrongdoing.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE frequently seized on the issue, at one point asking the Russians if they could find the emails that had been deleted from the server. 

“I think it was the unease people felt about Hillary’s motivation as a woman seeking power that made it impossible for us to very fully put this matter to bed," Palmieri writes. "I have weathered a lot of political crises, but never encountered one quite like this. It was a box we could never get out of.”

The head of the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed the Department of Justice on Thursday to obtain documents related to how the FBI handled its probe into Clinton’s email server, potential surveillance abuses and the recent decision to fire a top FBI official.