Axelrod on Hillary's Emails: "I Knew She Had That Account"


In an interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts this afternoon, former Obama advisor and campaign strategist David Axelrod said he knew Hillary Clinton had a personal e-mail account, but did not know she had a private dedicated server.

However, in an interview last month Axelrod said he did not know about the e-mail account.

THOMAS ROBERTS, MSNBC: Well and continually, as we watch the document dump of e-mails that consistently are coming out through this process, in yesterday's big dump of the Hillary Clinton e-mails, there was one from you to Hillary Clinton's private account.


ROBERTS: So you knew she was using a private account when other administration officials were using government accounts? You knew --

AXELROD: Well, everybody -- most people in the government had private accounts for private sorts of e-mails. I was referred to that account when I wanted to send her a note because she had been injured and I wanted to just send her a note telling her I hoped she was feeling better. And I sent it to that account. And I've never ever - I've always said that I knew she had that account. What I didn't know was that she used that account exclusively, and I certainly didn't know that she had her own server. Those were things that I just learned with everybody else later on.

ROBERTS: Do you think that there's anything that's going to be coming up that could hurt her out of these document e-mails?

AXELROD: I don't think there was much in this trove of e-mails that is particularly newsworthy. I think generally, you know, she said at the beginning of this story when it first unfolded that had she had to do it over again, she probably would have done it differently. And I think she should have.

But, you know -- and I do think there will be a drip, drip, drip because you have the Gaudi Committee over in Congress, the Benghazi Committee and others who are intent on dragging this out for obvious reasons. Whether anything will come out of it that could be damaging to her in this election, I really don't know, and I kind of doubt it. I think that what we know is what we know.

ROBERTS: Do you mean that she would do it all over again by using a government server or actually hand over -

AXELROD: She would not -

ROBERTS: -- I think, the 30,000 e-mails that she didn't hand over with her private server? Because we know that there are tens of thousands that they didn't get.

AXELROD: Yes, right, no. I think that -- I'm just repeating what she said when she had that press conference at the United Nations and she said, you know, in retrospect it probably would have been better to use the government e-mail address. And I certainly agree with that.

But, you know, I suspect that we know what we're going to know about this. I don't think there are any - You know, I can't say for sure, but I doubt there are any kind of land mines out ahead of this. But it will continue because I think the Republicans will make sure that it continues as part of a campaign to erode her candidacy.

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