White House aides are communicating with Hillary Clinton staffers as Press Secretary Josh Earnest refines his response to the emails from the Obama administration’s perspective.
According to the Associated Press’s Josh Lederman, “top aides have been in contact with Clinton’s team to clarify specific facts that the White House is likely to be asked about.”
Lederman’s report also cites a anonymous White House official confirming that aides “reached out to Clinton’s team ahead of Tuesday’s press briefing to advise them of what the White House planned to say.”
Earnest has been careful to put any burden of proof about the transparency of the emails upon Clinton’s team, while distancing the White House from any knowledge of the situation.
Another Associated Press story by Nedra Pickler and Lederman cites a source from the White House who says that the White House counsel’s office unaware that Clinton was only using a personal email address.
But Earnest hasn’t been able to say definitively whether or not any person in the West Wing knew about Clinton’s email or the private server in her home.
“I don’t know the answer to that,” he replied, when asked the question by reporters yesterday.