The Most Revealing Emails from the #PodestaFiles, Separated By Category


Introduction: John Podesta is Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign Chairman. Podesta previously served as Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton and Counselor to President Barack Obama.

On October 7th, 2016, WikiLeaks publish thousands of emails belonging to Podesta's private email archives. More emails were released in the days that followed. Below is a compilation of some of the most revealing and damaging emails discovered:

Last updated February 8th, 2017 (Parts 1 - 34)


Transcripts from Hillary Clinton’s lucrative closed-door paid speeches delivered to elite financial firms and other special interests groups (which she has refused and failed to disclose to the public after much demand) have finally surfaced: (See Attachment)

Clinton staff conspiring to stage ‘leaking’ of favorable excerpts from wall street speech, in efforts to calm down the public while leaving out more damaging parts:

Leaked private speech, Clinton: “You Need Both A Public And A Private Position”

Leaked private speech, Clinton: “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with
open trade and open borders”:

Mocking environmentalists in private meeting with unions, Clinton: "I want to defend fracking." Climate change environmentalists should "Get a life": (See attachment)
Politico article

Leaked private speech transcript shows Clinton’s warm ties to Wall Street’s most powerful figures: Clinton: “There is such a bias against people who have led successful and/or complicated lives” The pressure on officials to sell or divest assets in order to serve, she added, had become “very onerous and unnecessary”:

Leaked private speech to Goldman Sachs, Clinton: Wall street was only accountable for the financial crisis for political reasons. The blame placed on the United States banking system for the crisis “could have been avoided in terms of both misunderstanding and really politicizing what happened”:

Leaked private speech, Clinton: US will “ring China with missile defense”: (See attachment)

Hillary Clinton flipped her public position on TPP after her team discussed how she would be “eaten alive” by Labor:

Clinton speechwriter: “We are trying to find a good way to leak her opposition to the pipeline without her having to actually say it”:

Clinton campaign: Strengthening bribery laws is 'really dicey territory' for her:


Hillary admits the governments of Qatar & Saudi Arabia are funding ISIS:

Qatar gifts Bill Clinton $1,000,000 for his birthday:

"Take the money": Clinton Campaign welcome foreign donations:

Tina Flournoy, Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton, tells Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta: "Foreign govt donors: all the money is in":

King of Morocco to give $12,000,000 for a meeting with Hillary Clinton:

Saudi Sheikh won’t donate money to Clinton Foundation unless he receives a phone call from Bill Clinton. Staff responds: Bill won’t do it “unless Sheikh Mo has sent us a $6 million check”:

Leaked private speech transcript: Clinton: Syria no-fly zone (her position) would mean “killing a lot of Syrians”: (See attachment)

Iran Deal (which Hillary negotiated and defends) “condemns the next generation to cleaning up a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf”. John Podesta responds with “Yup”:

Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta owned 75,000 shares in Putin-connected energy company:

Clinton (out of government) asked Podesta (who was in government) to disclose Libya attack intelligence over email:


The Democratic National Committee tells CNN's Anchor Wolf Blitzer which questions to ask Trump: -- (from DNC leaks)

Clinton Staff hosts private “off-the-record cocktail party” with 38 “influential” reporters, journalists, editors, and anchors (from 16 different mainstream media outlets including CNN, NBC, CBS, NYT, MSNBC, & more) with the stated goal of “framing the race”: (see attachment)

John Podesta hosts a dinner with reporters: I’m “Cooking for 30 of your reporter friends”:
Full list of media guests:

Donna Brazile (CNN contributor at the time, and current DNC Chairman now) leaked CNN town hall questions to Hillary’s staff:

Former CNN host, current DNC Chair Donna Brazile, exposed as leaking 2nd townhall question to Hillary Clinton:

Fox News leaked Town Hall question to Clinton campaign:

Hillary Clinton reads directly from script during Phone Interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:

Associated Press "journalist" Eric Tucker is willing to be 'steered away' from a story about Clinton's emails:

CNBC's John Harwood asking John Podesta "What should I ask Jeb?" for his upcoming interview with Republican candidate Jeb Bush:

Lanny Davis proposed getting Hillary a softball interview with Fox's Megyn Kelly because he knows Ailes/Kelly 'well'. "I can reduce the risks" and ensures answering "without interruptions":

Clinton insider brags about making two Colbert Report specials:

Clinton campaign and the New York Times coordinating attack strategy against Trump:

New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich gives Hillary veto power:

Glen Thrush, POLITICO's chief political correspondent and senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine, sends John Podesta an article for his approval. Writes: "Please don't share or tell anyone I did this. Tell me if I fucked up anything":

Boston Globe colludes with Clinton campaign to give Hillary a “big presence”:

Arianna Huffington, co-founder of Huffinton Post, prefers covertly echoing Hillary's campaign messages:

John Podesta receiving drafts of New York Times articles before they’re published:

Ad for Hillary Clinton secretly pitched by ‘right-leaning’ Heat Street ‘journalist’ Louise Mensch:

More media collusion: NYT and AP “helpful” to Clinton campaign:

Brent Budowsky (writer for The Hill and Huffington Post) warns John Podesta about possible Hillary attacks and that not talking to the press is killing her support: “I’m not going to raise this publicly, but..”:

Huffington Post contributor Frank Islam writes to John Podesta in email titled “My blogs in the Huffington Post”, says “I am committed to make sure she is elected the next president.” “Please let me know if I can be of any service to you”:

Clinton staff “Placing a story” with Politico / New York Times: “place a story with a friendly journalist” “we have a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico” “we should shape likely leaks in the best light for HRC”:

Washington Post Writer Asked DNC For Anti-Trump Research:

Clinton staff “placing a story with a friendly at the AP (Matt Lee or Bradley Klapper)”:

MSNBC's Meet The Press host and Political Director for NBC News, Chuck Todd, hosted a dinner party in 2015 for Clinton Campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri:

Leading pro-Hillary personalities Jessica Valenti, Jamil Smith, and Sady Doyle "worked with" the campaign:

Clinton staff appearing to control the release times of Associated Press articles:

Clinton staff colluding with New York Times and Wall Street Journal to paint Hillary’s economic policies in a “progressive” light:

CNBC panelist colluding with John Podesta on what to ask Trump when he calls in for an interview:


Clinton strategist: We need to “produce an unaware and compliant citizenry” to defeat Trump:

Democrats prepared fake Trump “grope under the meeting table” Craigslist employment advertisement in May 2016:

Worried about Hillary’s health getting attention: “Hard to think of anything more counter productive than demanding Bernie’s medical records.”:

Clinton campaign scrambled to escape "calls for transparency" on Hillary's health and taxes. Campaign manager Robby Mook to chairman John Podesta: Hillary's health and taxes are "hyper sensitive topics":

"How bad is her head?" - John Podesta on Hillary Clinton:

Clinton campaign Insiders fear Bill’s sex life could sink Hillary. Podesta says they should “shut the hell up about this”:

Major concern over Hillary’s shady financing. It can “bring down a Hillary Clinton candidacy”:

Hillary campaign desperate to generate fake “USA!” chants, calls Trump supporters “angry white guys”:

Advisor to John Podesta: “Apologies are like her Achilles heel. But she didn’t seem like a bitch in the interview.”:

Worrying about Hillary’s low turnout at events:

Brent Budowsky (writer for The Hill and Huffington Post) acting as an advisor again: Warns Podesta: “Almost every message being projected outward from her campaign is negative, and a candidate with high distrust ratings should not be doing this. My phone has been ringing and my email box is full with democrats who like me who support her, but like me, are appalled and losing confidence” “This campaign is in very, very big trouble”:

John Podesta tells Hillary Clinton she needs to reach out to “needy Latinos”:

Clinton allies pondered polling in 2008 about Obama’s cocaine use, his father’s Muslim faith:

Gathering information on Juanita Broaddrick, who accused Bill Clinton of raping her:

Senior Clinton aide Huma Abedin in leaked email: 'Can we survive not answering questions' from press?:

Budowsky warns Podesta: "Be very very careful" of the "intense antipathy" being created by Team Hillary. "Many Bernie supporters and younger women will not vote for her in November". "The daughter of a Democrat who has worked for senior Democrats told me "I just hate her so much I might even vote for a Republican but I will never vote for her.":

"fucking insane" --  Co-Chair of the Transition Team, Neera Tanden, on Clinton's use of private email to run the US State Department:

Mandy Grunwald, Clinton's chief PR consultant (paid nearly US$1m), writing to her campaign chief, John Podesta about Clinton: out of touch, cronyistic, didn't drive a car in 35 years, flew all over the world but accomplished nothing:


Donna Brazile, now the current DNC chairwoman & replacement for Debbie Wasserman Shultz (who was forced to resign because of being anti-Bernie/Pro-Clinton), leaked insider Bernie Sander’s campaign information to Hillary’s staff:
And she leaked debate questions to Hillary Clintons:

7 months before Hillary earns nomination over Bernie Sanders, Donna Brazile pledges to John Podesta that “as soon as (Hillary’s) nomination is wrapped up. I will be your biggest surrogate” “Look forward to working with you to elect the first woman President of the United States” says Podesta:

Concessions given to Bernie Sanders & his supporters were a false illusion of a victory for Bernie’s “self righteous ideologies”. Clinton Advisor: “Bernie and his people have been bitching about super delegates” “Throw Bernie a bone...[...]....his people will think they’ve “won” something from the Party Establishment. It doesn’t make a difference. We don’t lose”:

Clinton's campaign tells the DNC to hold sham meetings with other candidates, make primary look less rigged:

"Bernie needs to be ground to a pulp. Crush him as hard as you can". Podesta replies: "I agree.. Where would you stick the knife in?"

Clinton campaign manager: "Had a great meeting with Berman today. We agreed that if she (Hillary) gets a significant primary challenger, we need to consider changing course and getting NY, NJ, and maybe others to move their dates earlier to give her hefty early wins."

Judd Legum, founder and editor of Thinkprogress, sending suggestions to the Clinton campaign on how to own Sanders:

Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aid, Huma Abedin, writes to Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta and her campaign manager Robby Mook about receiving insider information about the DNC convention and organizing a private call with Debbie Wasserman Shultz:

Clinton staff discusses Hillary only supporting a carbon tax to knock Bernie Sanders out of the primaries: “To be clear: it’s lethal in the general, so I don’t want to support one. But don’t want to give bernie contrast right now.”:

Hillary’s campaign manager Robby Mook, in an email to other staff, calls New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio a “terrorist” after Bill de Blasio speaks kindly of Bernie Sanders and stalls on his endorsement for Hillary Clinton during an interview:

Former Clinton Foundation official reprimands Super Delegate Tulsi Gabbard for endorsing Bernie Sanders and being “disrespectful” to Hillary Clinton:

Clinton staff: Hillary is convinced Bernie Sanders' plan is "naive and unworkable":

John Podesta calls Bernie Sanders a "doofus":

Bill Clinton's chief of staff, Tina Flournoy, sends a creepshot of Bernie Sanders in his swimming suit to the Clinton campaign and leaks it to tabloids:

Hillary’s huge debate prep book against Bernie Sanders (Prepared answers to anticipated debate questions): (See attachment)


Department of Justice Assistant Attorney Peter Kadzik (the representative chosen to head up a "thorough" review of the new Huma Abedin emails) outed as a mole for Hillary Clinton campaign. Offers "heads up" briefings:

John Podesta: DoJ's Peter Kadzik "kept me out of jail"

DoJ's Peter Kadzik part of a small group of friends invited to Tony Podesta's birthday party:

Peter Kadzik's son solicits for a job working for the Clinton campaign:

Cheryl Mills (Clinton top aid, Chief of Staff at State, & lawyer for the Clintons) did not want Hillary to run for president:

State Department fed information to Clinton campaign & modified draft press release for her:

State Department tipping off Hillary’s staff about upcoming investigation details regarding her case:

Neera Tanden & Podesta on why Clinton techie Bryan Pagliano was "avoiding testifying" over emails (took the 5th 125 times):

Hillary campaign desperate to “get ahead of the narrative on this email issue”:

John Podesta urges Clinton camp to "dump" emails:

"we need to clean this up" -- Clinton campaign panics after Obama misleads public over Clinton emails:

Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook to John Podesta on Clinton emails: "[we] were told everything was taken care of":

John Podesta to top Clinton aid Cheryl Mills: Asks if they should “hold emails to and from the President of the United States? That’s the heart of his executive priviledge.” Email dated only a few hours after being served subpoena:

Expresses concern that the Correct The Record superpac is pushing its legal boundaries and may be colluding directly with the campaign:


Clinton Foundation Executive, Doug Band: Clintons have over '500 different' conflicts of interests:

Doug Band calls Chelsea Clinton a “spoiled brat” for digging into Foundation corruption:

Doug Band threatening to expose Chelsea Clinton's misuses of Clinton Foundation resources if she keeps digging -- "(she was) using foundation resources for her wedding":

Chelsea Clinton's husband Marc Mezvinsky used Clinton Foundation poker games to boost his hedge fund according internal allegation from Doug Band:

Clinton staff: Bill Clinton had 'real serious conflicts' with foundation work:

WikiLeaks memo exposes 'Bill Clinton Inc.', reveals Bill's wealth was tied to Clinton Foundation:
USA TodayMemo shows Bill Clinton's wealth was tied to Clinton Foundation
The Washington PostLeaked memo reveals intersection of charity and personal income

Clinton campaign admits ‘Huge Discrepancies’ in gender pay at Clinton Foundation. $190,000 pay gap between the highest paid men and women:

Confidential auditor's report states that Clinton Foundation is engaging in illegal conduct (see attachment tab):

Internal legal review concluded that the Clinton Foundation was run "like a political operation":

Hillary’s campaign manager, Robby Mook: “it’s a little troubling” that meeting of Clinton Foundation was held at Goldman Sachs HQ:

Doug Band details how female Clinton Foundation Chief Laura Graham nearly committed suicide by plunging her car into ocean depths because of treatment from Bill & Chelsea Clinton. Staffers write each other about how Chelsea won’t even care about it:


Constructing the Obama cabinet: full Briefing Book via Citibank (see attachments):

John Podesta wished San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook had been white:

"Food Groups" – Clinton campaign organized potential VPs by race and gender:

Email reveals that Bob Creamer, who engineered violence at Trump Rallies on behalf of the Democratic Party, is 'close to Robby Mook' -- Clinton campaign manager:

"Have her beat the shit out of a.. staffer" as prep to make Clinton less "unpleasant" during interviews

Clinton Staff mocking conservative Catholics. Advisor to Podesta: “severely backwards gender relations” “they think it is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion.”:

Finance billionaire Herbert Sandler to Clinton campaign chief John Podesta: ("Subject: U.S. No Longer An Actual Democracy") "I guess it takes a study to point out the obvious":

As news breaks of Dennis Hastert's (speaker of the House of Representatives) heinous child sexual abuse crimes, head of corporate communications for Goldman Sachs, Jake Siewert, writes to John Podesta suggesting Dennis should flee to escape prosecution: "Might be time for Denny to vanish to an undisclosed Japanese island."

Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook writes to John Podesta May 2015 "I still want HRC to win badly. I am still here to help as I can.":

Ron Klaine (Joe Biden chief of staff) betrays Joe Biden and acts as a mole for Clinton camp. (Note: Ron Klaine was former Chief of staff for Al Gore in 1999 and was let go because of his conflict of interest/loyalty to the Clintons) Joe Biden was rumored to replace Hillary Clinton as the nominee. “I am definitely dead to them but I’m glad to be on team HRC”:

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio asking Clinton staff for approval/input about what he will say when asked about Hillary Clinton by interviewer:

Curiel family is friendly with Clinton staffers. Gonzalo Curiel is the judge ruling over a case where Trump is sued. His cousin, Carolyn Curiel, raves about John Podesta; “Carolyn Curiel was just here with a group of Purdue students that visited the debate site. She and I exchanged raves about the two of you.” Podesta replies “Wow! Small world.”:

Hillary Clinton decided on Tim Kaine as VP in July 2015. “A little unseemly.” (She didn’t officially announce Tim Kaine as her VP publicly until July 2016):

Podesta practices bizarre occult blood rituals? Here's an Email between Tony Podesta (John's brother) and Marina Abramovic. In it, they invite John Podesta to a "Spirit Cooking" dinner that's happening at Marina's house. Researching her brings you to her webpage and a graphical book she created about "Spirit Cooking" and what rituals it involves. Also a youtube video (warning: disturbing content) on what "Spirit Cooking" actually is, by Marina Abramovic:

Marina Abramovic invited by John Podesta to attend Hillary Clinton's campaign launch:

Bonus: Clinton staffer shares campaign road trip story of Hillary ordering food at a Chipotle restaurant and nobody recognized her:

WikiLeaks has a perfect decade long record for accurate vetting. That is why no one challeges the #PodestaFiles, including the White House.
— Wikileaks, #PodestaFiles publisher
Not one person has identified even a single email or document released by WikiLeaks of questionable authenticity.
— The Intercept
The authenticity of the new WikiLeaks docs has been confirmed by Hillary Clinton herself. Anyone still casting doubt is just spreading disinformation.
— Michael Tracey, journalist for VICE
Concocting Putin-Trump-WikiLeaks collusion conspiracy theories and making large leaps in logic without any direct evidence, like Clinton-aligned journalist Kurt Eichenwald recklessly has, does a disservice to actual journalism.
— The Guardian
Law enforcement officials say that none of the investigations so far have found any conclusive or direct link between Mr. Trump and the Russian government. And even the hacking into Democratic emails, F.B.I. and intelligence officials now believe, was aimed at disrupting the presidential election rather than electing Mr. Trump.
— The New York Times (31/10/16)