"Suggest Philippe talk to [White House spokesmen] Josh [Earnest] or Eric [Schultz]. They know POTUS [President Of The United States] and HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] emailed. Josh has been asked about that. Standard practice is not to confirm anything about his email, so his answer to press was that he would not comment/confirm," Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in an email to Clinton's adviser Philippe Reines on March 8, 2015.
Palmieri added that she recollected that Earnest had also been asked if Obama ever noticed her personal account and the spokesman answered that POTUS had other things than to "focus on his Cabinet's email addresses."
The letters raise questions about the truth of Obama's words, who told The New York Times that he had learned about the case only in 2015. The publication of the newspaper was also the subject of discussion between Palmieri and Reines.
In July, FBI Director James Comey described Clinton’s use of the email server as extremely careless, but said that her behavior did not warrant criminal charges.
In 2014, Clinton turned more than 55,000 emails to State Department investigators, claiming the documents represented all work-related emails from her private server. However, she destroyed, rather than hand over, more than 33,000 emails contrary to established US rules and regulations.