- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 20, 2016

Even Hillary Clinton’s advisers weren’t buying President Obama’s story that he learned of her private email server from news reports, leaked emails show.

Clinton adviser Philippe Reines wrote to colleagues in the campaign office in March 2015, expressing incredulity about Mr. Obama’s claim that he found out about the server at the same time as other Americans.

“One of us should connect with the WH just so they know that the email will show his statement to not make sense,” Mr. Reines wrote.

Jennifer Palmieri, who served as White House communications director and now works for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign, suggested that Mr. Reines talk to White House press secretary Josh Earnest or his deputy, Eric Schultz.

“They know POTUS and HRC emailed,” she wrote. “Josh has been asked about that. I recollect that Josh was also asked if POTUS ever noticed her personal email account and he said something like POTUS likely had better things to do than focus on his Cabinet’s email addresses.”

Mr. Reines said “it’s not unreasonable to assume that Josh is going to get asked how this was possible.”

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