Two days after The Associated Press was first to report in March 2015 that Clinton had been running a private server in her home in New York to send and receive messages when she was secretary of state, her advisers were shaping their strategy to respond to the revelation.
We can do this thing, they said.
Among the emails made public Tuesday by WikiLeaks was one from Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, who optimistically suggested that the issue might quickly blow over.
Nick Merrill, Skidmore College, ‘2005
On Skidmore web site, he was featured, explained his approach to getting ahead, which we may note is done in quite laudatory terms as regards his employer:
In terms of growing your career, the most important thing is not necessarily what you do but putting yourself around smart, competent people. It has certainly served me well.
He advised these smart, competent people of the Clinton campaign:
“Goal would be to cauterize this just enough so it plays out over the weekend and dies in the short term,” Merrill wrote on March 6, 2015.
Alas, it became another well-laid scheme that went “agley,”
It did not [die], and became the leading example of Clinton’s penchant for secrecy, which has persisted as a theme among her campaign critics and rivals throughout her election season.
Clinton did not publicly confirm or discuss her use of the email server until March 10 in a speech at the United Nations, nearly one week after AP revealed the server’s existence.
After a week, Nick Merrill and friends told her she had to confess.