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The Latest: Accusation against Bill Clinton aired in email


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times EDT):

5 p.m.

A January 2016 email from Clinton's personal lawyer, David Kendall, to her campaign chairman, John Podesta, followed up on a phone call to provide a history of allegations made by the woman who accuses Bill Clinton of raping her in the late 1970s.

The email appears in a release of hacked material from WikiLeaks.

Juanita Broaddrick was among the three past accusers of the former president who attended last week's presidential debate in St. Louis at the invitation of Donald Trump. Bill Clinton has denied the rape accusation made by Broaddrick, and it was never adjudicated by a criminal court.

The documents in the WikiLeaks release include the affidavit that Broaddrick signed saying that Clinton did not assault her and the independent counsel's history of the Paula Jones case in which Broaddrick later received immunity from any prosecution for perjury if she changed her story.

Kendall wrote in the email to Podesta, "Voila! She did, disavowing her sworn affidavit and sworn deposition testimony." He concluded, "Please let me know if there's anything else I can provide about this slimefest."


4:55 p.m.

A series of exchanges among Clinton aides and her attorney in August 2015 show internal wrangling over what to say to the public about the ongoing scandal over her use of personal email and a private server.

The exchanges appear in hacked emails released by WikiLeaks.

In one conversation, speechwriter Dan Schwerin sent campaign chairman John Podesta and top aides a suggested statement from Clinton saying that she had asked her team to "hand over my email server, as well as a thumb drive" with her emails. At the time, The Washington Post had reported that the FBI was looking into the security of the server and drive.

Clinton lawyer David Kendall pushed back on the statement's wording because it didn't specify that the server was being given to the Justice Department as opposed to the State Department, which was reviewing Clinton's emails for public release.

Kendall predicted how Clinton critics might respond once the full facts came out: "There they go again -- misleading, devious, non-transparent, tricky."


4:50 p.m.

Aides to Hillary Clinton wrestled with whether an open letter from her should specifically reference former Secretary of State Colin Powell in arguing that she used the same email practices as her predecessors.

In hacked emails released by WikiLeaks, the Clinton aides agreed to say that her actions had been "consistent with practice of prior secretaries" but to remove a reference in a fact sheet to Powell.

Powell's private advice to Clinton about setting up private email later became public. In Powell's own emails that were hacked this year, he complained that Clinton's team was trying to blame him for her mistakes.

Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri in August 2015 also told her colleagues she hoped that "we could use the `server moment' as an opportunity" for Clinton to be seen as taking a big step to deal with the controversy. But Palmieri said it was clear Clinton "is not in the same place," unless campaign chairman John Podesta was able to get her to change her mind.

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