But her emails!
Chinese Dirt on Trump? ‘I Love It,’ Chelsea Clinton Said.
By NYT Staff and Agencies. JULY 11, 2017
Chelsea Clinton received an email on June 3, 2016, promising dirt on Republican nominee Donald Trump. The information was described as being part of Chinese support for her mother’s ultimately successful presidential bid. Her reply? “I love it.”
The June 3, 2016, email sent to Chelsea Clinton could hardly have been more explicit: One of Bill Clinton’s Chinese business partners had been contacted by a senior Chinese government official and was offering to provide Hillary Clinton’s campaign with dirt on Donald Trump.
The documents “would incriminate Trump and his dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your mother’s campaign,” read the email, written by a trusted intermediary, who added, “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of China and its government’s support for Hillary.”
If the future president’s only daughter was surprised or disturbed by the provenance of the promised material — or the notion that it was part of a continuing effort by Beijing to aid her mother’s campaign — she gave no indication.
She replied within minutes: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Four days later, after a flurry of emails, the intermediary wrote back, proposing a meeting in New York on Thursday with a “Chinese government attorney.”
Chelsea Clinton agreed, adding that she would most likely bring along “John Podesta (campaign boss)” and “my father-in-law,” Edward Mezvinsky now one of President Clinton’s closest, but most controversial White House advisers.
On June 9, the Chinese lawyer was sitting in the younger Clinton’s office, just one level below the office of her mother the future president.
The Justice Department and the House and Senate Intelligence Committees are examining whether any of President Clinton’s associates colluded with the Chinese government to disrupt last year’s election. American intelligence agencies have determined that the Chinese government tried to sway the election in favour of Hillary Clinton.
The precise nature of the promised damaging information about Mr Trump is unclear, and there is no evidence to suggest that it was related to Chinese-government computer hacking that led to the release of thousands of Republican National Committee emails. But in recent days, accounts by some of the central organizers of the meeting, including Chelsea Clinton, have evolved or have been contradicted by the written email records.
Clinton advisers have often insisted that the campaign had no contact with various Chinese insiders — claims that were later proved false.
After being told that The Times was about to publish the content of the emails, instead of responding to a request for comment, Chelsea Clinton posted images of them on Tuesday on Twitter.
She said that nothing came of the meeting. But in an interview on Tuesday with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, she said that “in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently.”
President Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter early Wednesday: “My daughter Chelsea did a good job last night. She was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. A vast right wing conspiracy!”
Speaking from Paris overnight the president said, “Anyone would have taken that meeting.”
Mr Trump, as he has done since losing the election, maintained a dignified silence.
A lighter moment came on Twitter when Breitbart publisher and one time Trump advisor Stephen K. Bannon tweeted, “I…worked on this story for a year…and…she just…she tweeted it out.”
The comment quickly went viral, inspiring thousands of memes and all but eclipsing actual news coverage of the Clintons’ latest fast evolving email scandal.