Obama aides knew of private Clinton account

Obama aides knew of private Clinton account
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Senior aides to President Obama sent emails to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump thanks 'vicious young Socialist Congresswomen' for his poll numbers Will Trump's racist tweets backfire? Democrats fret over Trump cash machine MORE’s private account when they served with her in the Obama administration, according to the latest batch of correspondences released by the State Department.

The officials exchanging emails with Clinton included White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and Obama political adviser David AxelrodDavid AxelrodKarl Rove: Both parties are 'broken' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Buttigieg: 'Medicare for all,' free college tuition are 'questionable on their merits' MORE.


Axelrod emailed Clinton on her private address back in 2009 after she broke her elbow. And Emanuel’s assistant sent an email to ask for the address, which was passed up the chain to Clinton before she told her aide to give it to him.

Axelrod tweeted Wednesday morning that while he knew about that private account, he “did not know she had used it exclusively or had her own server.”

It’s not clear whether other administration officials who emailed her knew that she relied exclusively on that email, which was housed on a private server. 

He previously said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last month that he didn’t know specifically about her use of a private email server while at State.

“I might have asked a few questions about that,” Axelrod said when asked what he would have done if he did find out about the server while serving in the White House.

“The question is, what are people focused on, what do they care about? They care about their lives. They care about being able to meet their bills, they care about how their kids are going to do in the future. And that’s where their focus is and that’s what the gamble of the Clinton campaign is that people don’t really care about that.”

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who worked in Clinton’s State Department, also emailed her on the private account. He told lawmakers in May that he didn’t recall whether he had done so. 

The emails are part of a tranche released Tuesday night as part of the State Department’s review of her private emails. Clinton turned over more than 50,000 she said to be related to her work at State, but also deleted a similar number that she called strictly personal.