Correct the Record: When Podesta Said Hillary Had to ‘Dump’ All Her Emails, he Actually Meant to ‘Make Them Public’

David Brock’s the founder of the liberal group Media Matters – a media “watchdog” organization – intent on “exposing” the alternative media. He also created the Hillary SuperPAC called Correct the Record. They spent $1 million on internet trolls to go around and “correct” social media users’ “false” statements about the Democratic nominee.

In an effort to correct what everyone else in the world thought was self-explanatory, Brock is claiming that when John Podesta said in a leaked email that Hillary needs to “dump” the emails from her private server, he didn’t actually mean to get rid of them. You see, what “dump” means in D.C. is to…get this…”make them public.” Mm-hmm.

To provide some context, here’s what John Podesta wrote in an email dated March 2, 2015 to Cheryl Mills:

“On another matter….and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails so better to do so sooner than later.”

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Here’s David Brock on MSNBC “correcting the record”:

Stephanie Ruhle, MSNBC: David, something that doesn’t work for Hillary Clinton is e-mail. And again, we know that Wikileaks, the content hasn’t been verified. We are concerned about who the hackers are. But I want to ask you about the the John Podesta e-mail back in 2015 that came out of Wikileaks which says, quote, ‘we’re going to have to dump all those e-mails.’ I mean, that’s a tough one.

David Brock: As you know in Washington parlance, dump means release or make public. So, you know, again you say that these e-mails haven’t been authenticated, and that is true.

Ruhle: So hold on, John Podesta wasn’t saying — 

Brock: Let’s just take it at its face. No, what he was saying is we’re going to have to release or make these e-mails public. Now he knew that 55,000 pages of Secretary Clinton’s e-mail had already been turned over. What he was doing was saying we’re going to make them public. And the fact is that Secretary Clinton asked the State Department a few days after the date of that e-mail to make these public. They were made public which people forget was really an unprecedented act of transparency to make all those business-related e-mails public. So that’s what he was talking about. He references Lanny Davis in there, or Lanny, that’s clearly Lanny Davis who is out on television saying the same thing. Let’s put all of these e-mails out. So that’s what that dump meant.

Here’s a timeline of events provided by PolitiFact:

March 2, 2015: The New York Times breaks the story that Clinton used a personal email account while secretary of state.

March 4, 2015: The Benghazi committee issues a subpoena requiring Clinton to turn over all emails from her private server related to the incident in Libya.

Between March 25-31, 2015: The Platte River Networks employee has what he calls an “oh s—” moment, realizing he did not delete Clinton’s email archive, per Mills’ December 2014 request. The employee deletes the email archive using a software called BleachBit.

March 27, 2015: Clinton’s lawyers send a letter to the Benghazi committee saying that the State Department already has the relevant emails, as they were included in the Dec. 5, 2014, turnover.

So the “dump” email from Podesta was sent in early March, and by the end of March, the emails were destroyed.


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