Close aides to Hillary Clinton frequently flagged articles about her husband's sexual misdeeds, recently released hacked emails reveal.
Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, circulated several stories to other top advisers regarding Bill Clinton's sexual misconduct with Monica Lewinsky and a rumored affair with a woman known as the "Energizer."
"Who is the 'Energiser' [sic] who has been Clinton's secret lover?" was the subject line of an email sent by Mills in July 2014. The email linked to a Daily Mail article claiming to reveal the identity of a "blonde, buxom mistress" who would often visit the Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
"A new book on the hidden lives of presidents, claims that former US President Bill Clinton has had a mistress codenamed 'Energizer,'" the body of the email read. "One woman on the suspect list is socialite Julie McMahon."
John Podesta, who is now Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman, responded to Mills.
"Well, they sure managed to get every name into one story," he said. "I guess you got to give them credit for that."
The article also made reference to Clinton being "serviced in the Oval Office by a 22-year-old intern, Monica Lewinsky," his longtime mistress Gennifer Flowers, and trips with his friend Ron Burkle's private plane known as "Air F*** One."
The hacked emails came from Podesta's account and were posted online by WikiLeaks. The U.S. director of national intelligence and the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security have accused "Russia's senior-most officials" of hacking and leaking the emails to influence the 2016 election.
Mills sent Podesta, Bill Clinton's chief of staff Tina Flournoy, and longtime lawyer Bruce Lindsey another Daily Mail article about Lewinsky in 2014.
"Mitt Romney slams Bill Clinton for 'embarrassing the nation' with Lewinskygate while discussing Hillary's chances for Presidency," the subject line read.
"The 2012 Republican nominee believes Hillary will be able to stand 'on her own record' if she enters the Presidential race, despite her husband's sex scandal," Mills wrote in the email.
Flournoy replied that she had seen the story, and expressed frustration over having to handle fallout from singer Miley Cyrus, who had mocked the Lewinsky scandal by pretending to perform oral sex on a man wearing a Bill Clinton mask at a concert.
"Yep. And of course we dealt with Miley Cyrus all day yesterday," she said.
Clinton's deputy communications director Kristina Schake also flagged a Washington Post article entitled, "A guide to the allegations of Bill Clinton’s Womanizing," for Podesta.
The article detailed Clinton's affairs with Flowers, Lewinsky, Myra Belle Miller, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, and Dolly Kyle Browning, as well as women who have accused him of sexual assault, including Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey.
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