Wikileaks: Clinton Campaign Talked About 'Trump Swift Boat Project' 8 Months Ago

By Susan Jones | October 24, 2016 | 11:48am EDT
Donald Trump visits the site of Pickett's Charge, an ill-fated 1863 confederate assault, in Gettysburg, Pa. on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (AP Photo)

( - Eight months ago, on February 26, 2016, an outside communications strategist wrote to Hillary Clinton's communications director Jennifer Palmieri, asking her, "who's in charge of the Trump swift boat project?"

Swift-boating, a form of political attack, was coined in the 2004 presidential campaign when Democrat John Kerry was running against George W. Bush. A non-profit group called Swift Boat Veterans for Truth said Kerry was unfit to be commander in chief, based on his "phony war crimes charges, his exaggerated claims about his own service in Vietnam, and his deliberate misrepresentation of...Swift boat operations."

In the Feb. 26 email released Monday by WikiLeaks, Joel Johnson, a managing director of the Glover Park Group and a former Bill Clinton adviser, wrote to Palmieri: "I know you can't look past Bernie and March primaries -- but who is in charge of the Trump swift boat project? Needs to be ready, funded and unleashed when we decide -- but not a half assed scramble."

Palmieri responded: "Gee. Thanks, Joel.  We thought we could half-ass it.  Let's discuss."

Johnson replied: "Sorry. I've been behind too many curtains in my day..." (an apparent reference to the Wizard of Oz.)

The email, as released by WikiLeaks, can be seen here.

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