- - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Former Clinton administration press secretary Mike McCurry is quietly waging a campaign to quash coverage on a new tell-all book that exposes Bill and Hillary Clinton’s massive political empire.

McCurry has successfully blocked Politico media reporter Dylan Byers from writing about the bestselling Clinton, Inc., written by Weekly Standard editor Daniel Halper, according to emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

McCurry, who spoke to Halper, now claims that he “only vaguely remembers” the interview. In the emails, McCurry tells Byers to abandon an article about the book.

McCurry is just one of several Clinton loyalists who have urged the mainstream media to boycott Clinton, Inc. and not conduct further reporting on many of the revelations contained in the book.

Byers reached out to Halper on July 25 to say that he “got a call from Mike McCurry,” who expressed anger over the book and denied being a source for it.

“I got a call from Mike McCurry who says he only vaguely remembers talking to you briefly for the book, and pretty much slams it …,” Byers wrote to Halper.

“I’m not into buying [Hillary Clinton spokesman] Nick Merrill-type quotes shitting on your book but I do think when someone you list as a source comes forward and says this, its relevant,” Byers wrote. “Would you like to comment?”

When asked by Halper if McCurry had actually read the book, Byers responded: “I’m not certain. I know he’s read the parts where his name is mentioned.”

Halper then asked Byers what specific charges by McCurry he should be responding to.

Byers explained:

A) That he hardly remembers talking to you, suggesting that reports that he cooperated with you for the book (see Lloyd Grove) are overstated

B) That you did not write the book he advised you to write, but instead wrote an attack on Clinton

C) That it’s not a book that deserves to be re-reported by other news orgs


Halper addressed the charge by hinting that McCurry may now be facing backlash within the Clinton organization for opening up in the book.

Mike is proving one of the main points of my book: If you cross Clinton, Inc., and if you’re seen as betraying the company, then you pay a price,” Halper wrote. “I’m sorry if Mike’s paying a price for talking to me. I wish him well.”

“Got it,” Byers responded.

However, Byers has yet to run a piece on McCurry’s role in Clinton, Inc.

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