Wikileaks: Clinton Team’s Sick Reaction to San Bernardino Terror Attack
As part of Sunday’s new WikiLeaks drop, an email chain shows that immediately upon receiving the news that the gunman responsible for the San Bernardino terrorist shooting that left 14 people dead and 22 injured had an Islamic name, top Clinton officials were unhappy and Hillary Clinton chairman John Podesta suggested it would be “better” if a person with an American name had done the shooting.
Matt Ortega, liaison for the Clinton campaign, began the chain by sending out a tweet from MSNBC host Chris Hayes with the email subject line “Tweet | NBC reports a shooter’s name.”
Karen Finney—spokesman for the Clinton 2016 presidential campaign and former MSNBC host wrote a terse response to this news:
Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta fired back the following response:
Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter.
Breitbart News has reached out to John Podesta via twitter to ask why this would be “better.”
Podesta had not responded at press time.
Madrid couple Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik carried out the attack at a Christmas party held at the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health as an act of jihad against the United States. Farook, an employee of that department, was an American-born citizen of Pakistani descent. His wife, Malik, was a Pakistani-born lawful permanent resident of the United States.
After the shooting, then-primary candidate Donald Trump called for his ban on Muslims entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
WikiLeaks: Podesta lamented that a Muslim, not a white man, named as killer in 2015 massacre
Oct 15, 2016
Top Hillary Clinton aides were upset a Muslim man was publicly named as the shooter in a 2015 massacre that left 14 people dead, and a longtime Clinton confidant even expressed regret that the terrorist wasn’t a white man, according to purported emails released by WikiLeaks on Sunday.
The emails were part of a trove of messages stolen from the gmail account of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta, who has had a long association with the Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The email chain began on Dec. 2, when digital operative Matt Ortega forwarded a tweet from MSNBC host Christopher Hayes that named one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., attack as Sayeed Farook. Consultant Karen Finney forwarded the email to Podesta, commenting, “Damn.”
Podesta responded: “Better if a guy named Sayeed Farouk [sic] was reporting that a guy named Christopher Hayes was the shooter.”
Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, gunned down 14 people and injured 22 in a terror attack during a holiday party at the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 2. The attackers pledged their allegiance to ISIS before dying in a shootout with police later in the day.
But Podesta’s written lament of the shooter’s ethnicity underscores a long-running aversion in the Clinton campaign – and many in the Democratic party at large – to associating terrorist acts with any aspect of the Islamic religion.
In a 154-page debate prep book that was developed two months after the San Bernardino attacks, and also unearthed in the WikiLeaks document dump, topic 47 is devoted to “Should we call this Islamic terrorism?” Nowhere in the suggested seven-point answer does “Islamic terrorism” make an appearance. Instead, it’s suggested that Clinton call the enemy “radical jihadists.”
“Now, of course there are those who twist Islam to justify mass murder,” point three begins. “But we can’t buy into the same narrative that these barbaric, radical jihadists use to recruit new followers. Declaring war on Islam or demonizing the Muslim-American community is not only counter to our values – it plays right into the terrorists’ hands.”
Point seven states: “Radical jihadists underestimate us. We won’t turn on each other or turn on our principles. We will keep our country safe and strong, free and tolerant. And we will defeat those who threaten us.”
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has made a concerted effort to note that Clinton and President Obama don’t use Trump’s preferred descriptive term, “Radical Islamic terrorism.” Obama held a lengthy press conference earlier this year to specifically address why he refused to link Islam and terrorism. But in the wake of the Orlando nightclub terror attack in June, and amid more Trump prodding, Clinton relented somewhat.
“Whether you call it radical jihadism or radical Islamism, I’m happy to say either,” she said at the time. “I think they mean the same thing.”
The latest email release was the ninth day this month that emails from Podesta’s account were revealed on WikiLeaks. So far, about 12,000 of 50,000 alleged emails have been released.
Clinton campaign to compare WikiLeaks dump to Watergate
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Kaine Defends Clinton Leaked Transcript Calling Immigration Opposition ‘Un-American’
On Sunday’s broadcast of ABC’s “This Week,” Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails in which she said, “People who oppose immigration are fundamentally un-American,” was “contrary to the best values of our country.”
Partial transcript as follows:
RADDATZ: Let’s talk about the hacked e-mails of the Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, the WikiLeaks hack. One of the things in those emails that she apparently said in a Goldman Sachs speech, she said, “People who oppose immigration are fundamentally un-American.” Your reaction?
KAINE: Well, look, we’re a nation of immigrants. And if you look at the Declaration of Independence, when we broke from England, one of the Bill of Particulars against King George is we’ve got to be independent because King — the king won’t let us have a working immigration system. We are a nation of immigrants. We have to have a functioning immigration system. And for anybody whose family, you know, probably came from somewhere else a few generations to say, OK, but now we’re going to put up the drawbridge and not let anybody else in, I don’t think that’s in accord with the values of our nation. Now we ought to have rules —
RADDATZ: So it’s — so it’s un-American?
KAINE: — and regulations and that’s what Hillary and I want to do.
RADDATZ: So it’s un-American?
KAINE: To say that there should be no — to say that there should be no immigration, yes, that is definitely contrary to the best values of our country that were laid out in the Declaration of Independence and since.
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Abrams Media: Wikileaks Show ‘Clinton’s Advisors Agree to Take Foreign Lobbyists’ Money, Forget to Tell Her’
Dan Abrams’ website Law Newz reports on a new Wikileaks email showing Hillary Clinton’s top staffers weighing whether to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists for foreign governments — wherein Jennifer Palmieri (pictured) emphatically says “Take the money!!”
From Law Newz:
On Sunday, Wikileaks released yet another batch of emails hacked from the account ofJohn Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton’spresidential campaign. One email chain of particular interest in the new batch shows Clinton’s advisors debating whether or not to impose a new rule: Whether or not the campaign should reject donations from “those lobbying on behalf of foreign governments,” so as to avoid the appearance of improprieties. It gets juicier than that, though: When the decision was finally made, nobody bothered to tell Clinton.
In the initial email, dated April 13, 2015, Dennis Cheng, Clinton’s National Finance Director, wrote:
We really need make a policy decision on this soon – whether we are allowing those lobbying on behalf of foreign governments to raise $ for the campaign. Or case by case.
That led to this gem from director of communications Jennifer Palmieri:
Take the money!!
…which echoes the sentiment expressed earlier by senior spokesman Jesse Ferguson:
Is there anyway to ballpark what percent of our donor base this would apply to (aka how much money we’re throwing away) Cost benefits are easier to analyze with the costs.
Read the rest of the story here.
Wikileaks—Clinton Insider Calls Chelsea a Back (and Front) Stabber: ‘Apple Doesn’t Fall Far’
Doug Band, a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative and a top Clinton insider, accused Chelsea Clinton of backstabbing – specifically, of giving “a kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front” – in a January 2012 email sent to top Hillary Clinton campaign chairman, John Podesta, and top aide, Cheryl Mills. “As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far,” Band added.
The email was triggered by a friendly note from Chelsea Clinton sent to Doug Band and senior Clinton advisor Justin Cooper.
Hi Doug and Justin – Just met Clark Winter on our BA flight and he had terrific things to say about Dad and you Doug and CGI generally and it was nice to hear as ever so I wanted to pass along. Sorry for brevity. We’re taking off. Hope alls well in Davos Justin.
Clark Winter is likely a reference to investment management consultant Clark Winter, whose biography list him as “an internationally known investor and commentator on geopolitics and global financial markets.”
Doug Band’s comment on Chelsea Clinton’s email to Podesta and Mills was blunt:
She sends me one of these types of emails every few days/week
As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far
A kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front
Who is Doug Band?
Many could argue there are few people in the world who would have a better personal insight into Bill and Hillary Clinton than Doug Band.
Longtime Clinton advisor Doug Band is at the center of their world and his comment seems to indicate that he considers either Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton or both to be disingenuous backstabbers as well. The assessment is shocking coming from someone so close to the Clintons.
As his official biography says on the website for his company Teneo Holdings:
Douglas J. Band is a co-founder and President of Teneo.
Mr. Band began working in the White House in 1995, serving in the White House Counsel’s office for four years and later in the Oval Office as the President’s Aide. In 1999, he was appointed by President Clinton as a Special Assistant to the President before he was made one of the youngest Deputy Assistants ever to serve a President.
Mr. Band served as President Clinton’s chief advisor from 2002 until 2012, advising him as the Counselor to the President, and was the key architect of Clinton’s post-Presidency. He created and built the Clinton Global Initiative, which to date, has raised $69 billion for 2,100 philanthropic initiatives around the world and impacted over 400 million people in 180 countries. On March 1, 2012, President Clinton said of Doug: “I couldn’t have achieved half of what I have in my post-presidency without Doug Band. Doug is my Counselor and a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, which was created at his suggestion.”
While that is Doug Band’s description from his own company, a 2013 article in the New Republic entitled Scandal at Clinton Inc. gives more insight into the relationship between Doug Band and the Clintons.
He is rarely written about, almost never quoted, and many Clinton associates are loath to discuss him on the record. “Doug is taboo—no one touches the guy,” says one person who has had extensive dealings with him. On the handful of occasions he has spoken openly to the media, he has struck an impeccably humble tone. “The thing I most enjoy in my job is helping people,” he once told his college alumni magazine. “I have been able to remain behind the scenes, making a difference and changing people’s lives.” But as Band attempts to build a business of his own, the methods he once employed discreetly in the service of his boss have started to attract unwelcome attention.
Band himself did not respond to an extensive list of questions for this article, but over the course of nine months, I spoke with more than three dozen people who have worked with him over the arc of his career. Inside the realm known as Clintonland, he is the subject of considerable angst. There are those who worry about the overlap between his work for the Clinton Global Initiative— which he conceived and helped run for six years—and his energetic efforts to expand Teneo’s client base. And there are those who worry about how some of the messier aspects of the charity’s operations could create trouble for Hillary Clinton, who has made the family foundation her base as she contemplates a presidential run. But the real cause for these anxieties runs deeper. At its heart, the unease with Band reflects an unease with the phenomenon of post-presidential Clintonism itself.
Band’s company Teneo Holding also has come under scrutiny for hiring Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin under an employment arrangement that can best be described as unique.
A spring 2012 email to Hillary Clinton’s top State Department aide, Huma Abedin, asked for help winning a presidential appointment for a supporter of the Clinton Foundation, according to a chain obtained by POLITICO.
The messages illustrate the relationship between Clinton’s most trusted confidante and the private consulting company that asked for the favor, Teneo — a global firm that later hired Abedin. Abedin signed on with the company while she still held a State Department position, a dual employment that is now being examined by congressional investigators.
Abedin’s status as a “special government employee” has been questioned by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who has raised concerns about any overlapping duties and whether they posed potential conflicts of interest. Abedin also worked as an adviser to the Clinton Foundation, the nonprofit founded by former President Bill Clinton.
Following on the revelations in Peter Schweitzer’s book and film Clinton Cash about the tight connection between the Clinton Global initiative and Hillary Clinton’s career as Secretary of State, the WikiLeaks drops have provided new information on just how tight those connections really are.
As Breitbart News reported, other revelations from Hillary Clinton’s emails show that:
Doug Band was emailing Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills to set up meetings for big donors, such as Gilbert Chagoury – a close friend of Bill Clinton’s who has poured up to $6 million into slush funds like the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative. The New York Post notes he was fined $66 million by Switzerland in a 2000 money-laundering case.
Another email forwarded to Abedin and Mills by Band explicitly asked for a “favor,” and Band told the Clinton team it was “important to take care” of the redacted individual, because “we all have had him on our radar.” Judicial Watch says Band was trying to help Mr. or Ms. Redacted get a job.
A request by Breitbart News to Mr. Band for comment at the email address listed returned as bounced.
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