WATCH | What the latest hacked Clinton campaign emails say about Bernie Sanders
The latest batch of emails hacked from the Hillary Clinton campaign, released Monday by Julian Assange's organization WikiLeaks, shows how the Democratic nominee grappled with trying to defeat her primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
The emails contain a list of "Sanders hits," aka policy issues the campaign could bring up to discredit the democratic socialist. The emails also showed the current Democratic National Committee chairperson giving the Clinton campaign a "heads up" about a Sanders campaign event.
The Clinton campaign has not disputed the authenticity of the emails.
It has, however, accused Wikileaks of being a "propaganda arm" of the Russian government. On Friday, the Obama administration announced that Moscow was behind the recent hacks into Democratic National Committee emails.
"If you are going to write about materials issued by [Wikileaks], you should at least state they are product of illegal hack by a foreign government," Clinton campaign manager Brian Fallon wrote on Twitter.
Media needs to stop treating Wikileaks like it is same as FOIA. Assange is colluding with Russian government to help Trump.— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 11, 2016
Fallon went on a tweetstorm about Wikileaks on Tuesday.
Here are some of the "hits" the Clinton campaign mulled targeting Sanders on (the full email is here):
Labor: The campaign considered targeting Sanders for accepting $10,000 in contributions from American Crystal Sugar while the company was locked in a bitter union dispute with its workers.
- Same-sex marriage: Anticipating Sanders would go after Clinton for wavering on same-sex marriage in the past, Clinton aides noted Sanders was also "reluctant to take a clear stand on civil unions and marriage equality" in 2000.
Another email showed Donna Brazile, then the vice chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, forwarding an email to a Clinton campaign aide informing them of an African-American outreach event Sanders' team was planning.
"Thank you for the heads up on this, Donna," Adrienne Elrod, one of Clinton's aides, responded.
That email feeds into accusations that the DNC, which is supposed to be neutral, favored Clinton over Sanders during the primary campaign.
The DNC's charter states that the party's chairperson should be neutral during the presidential primary campaign, and that the chairperson should ensure neutrality among staffers.
You can read the DNC's charter here.