Clinton’s Email Scandal Began Earlier Than We Thought

A new book is hitting the shelves today which explains how Hillary Clinton’s email scandal began much earlier than most people had originally thought.

In “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign,” authors Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes write that in 2008, after losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, then-New York Sen. Clinton “instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign’s server and download the [email] messages sent and received by top staffers.”

The purpose of the project was to expose staffers who Clinton believed were disloyal to her during the campaign, The Wall Street Journal writes in a review of “Shattered,” which relies on more than 100 sources.

The new book shows that Clinton “possesses an almost Nixonian paranoia about treachery and, second, that her use of a private email server at the State Department was never the naive ‘mistake’ she pretended it was,” The Journal’s review reads.

“In fact, she didn’t want anyone reading her emails the way she was reading those of her 2008 staffers.”

In the book, the Clinton staffers remain anonymous. But some clues were hinted at in the leaked emails from John Podesta’s Gmail account.

Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s campaign IT director and the technician who managed her State Department server, was identified in one Sept. 3, 2015 email as retrieving emails from Clinton’s campaign system.

“Bryan was the one who retrieved all our emails for Maura to read,” Neera Tanden, Clinton’s 2008 campaign policy director, wrote in a Sept. 3, 2015 email, which was published by WikiLeaks in October.

Pagliano was hired at the State Department in May 2009. Clinton paid him out of pocket to set up her server and to conduct maintenance on it when needed.

“Maybe that is why he’s avoiding testifying,” Tanden added in the email to Podesta, speculating about why Pagliano refused to talk to the Benghazi Committee.

The rest of “Shattered” explains the dysfunction that throttled the Clinton campaign. Clinton’s top campaign officials broke up into competing cliques, and failed to take both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump seriously enough as competitors. Campaign manager Robby Mook also relied too heavily on data analytics to dictate campaign strategy.

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