Podesta Struggles to Answer Questions About Hacked Emails

• October 19, 2016 2:33 pm


Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta struggled Wednesday to explain to CNN's Wolf Blitzer some of the content of his recently hacked emails released by WikiLeaks.

Blitzer started off by asking Podesta if he believed the Russian government was responsible for the hacking of his email account. The U.S. government has formally accused Moscow of hacking into American political networks to influence the 2016 election.

"Yes," Podesta said.

He added that if the releases were meant to promote transparency then WikiLeaks should put all the emails out rather than slowly "dribbling" them.

"So–acting as a–and, look, if this was about transparency they'd put them all out," Podesta said. "So they're dribbling them out because they want–because the Russians are–intervening in this election on behalf of Donald Trump."

Blitzer then asked if any of the emails or transcripts that were released had been doctored.

"Well, I'm only saying this, Wolf," he said. "When this first came out, it came out with a lie from Julian Assange, which was that, you know, when he first released these–that I was a co-owner of the Podesta Group. It's just factually, completely untrue. So, you know, what is–what is false, what is accurate–we're not going to get into–"

Blitzer then asked if the transcripts of Hillary Clinton's paid speeches to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs were accurate.

"What I would say to that, Wolf, is we're not going to get into that," Podesta said.

Podesta added that people on Wall Street should be held accountable for their actions before Blitzer moved on.

"Very quickly, in one of the emails you called Bernie Sanders a ‘dufus,'" he said. "Did you?"

Podesta explained that he has a great deal of respect for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), but he was very frustrated with him at the time he sent the email because there was a moment where Sanders was against the Paris agreement, presumably referring to the recently implemented climate change agreement.

"Without confirming the accuracy of the email, I was frustrated with him," Podesta said.

"I'll take that as a yes," Blitzer said.

The segment ended with an awkward moment when Podesta said there might be emails about CNN crew members.

"I know," Blitzer said. "We know, we know."

The crowd continued to heckle CNN, yelling "we got your emails, Podesta!" throughout the interview.