After failing to win the Democratic nomination over then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton took extreme measures to find out which of her staffers had been disloyal, according to a new bombshell book.
The book, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Election Campaign,” offers a stunningly close look at Clinton’s failed 2016 campaign and possibly reveals new insight into the Democrat’s decision to use a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
The authors, journalists Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes, were reportedly able to piece together the comprehensive post-mortem using first-hand accounts of multiple insiders.
After her 2008 defeat, Clinton downloaded emails to and from her top staffers in an attempt to figure out who had been loyal and who had worked against her during the campaign. If the book’s account is accurate, it suggests Clinton had little trust in some of her closest staffers.Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
“She instructed a trusted aide to access (her) campaign server and download the messages sent and received by top staffers,” the book claims.
A source close to the Clinton camp claimed the Democratic candidate “believed her campaign had failed her – not the other way around – and she wanted to ‘see who was talking to who, who was leaking to who.”
A Wall Street Journal review of the book actually uses the word “Nixonian” to describe Clinton’s apparent paranoia (emphasis added):
For those few unhappy addicts who wish to relive the 2016 presidential campaign so soon, “Shattered” offers a number of gratifying revelations. Among them: Mrs. Clinton’s tinkering with a certain computer server. Not that server—a different one. After losing to Mr. Obama in the protracted 2008 primary, she was convinced that she had lost because some staffers—she wasn’t sure who—had been disloyal. So she “instructed a trusted aide to access the campaign’s server and download the [email] messages sent and received by top staffers.” This tells us, first, that Mrs. Clinton possesses an almost Nixonian paranoia about treachery and, second, that her use of a private email server at the State Department was never the naive “mistake” she pretended it was. In fact, she didn’t want anyone reading her emails the way she was reading those of her 2008 staffers.
Clinton later reportedly invited the staffers to meetings to dissect the failed campaign — but they had no idea she had read through their messages.Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images
Several of her staffers were “amazed that a woman who had been traveling the country in pursuit of the presidency had such a detailed grasp of the machinations at the campaign’s command center in the Washington suburbs,” according to “Shattered.”
It’s unclear whether Clinton went through all of her staffers’ emails or if personal emails were filtered out.
Ironically, it’s largely believed that Clinton’s decision to use a private email server played a significant role in her 2016 defeat.