Wikileaks releases allegedly 'anti-Catholic' email chain from top Clinton aides

The WikiLeaks group released its latest batch of apparently hacked personal emails of Clinton campaign chair John Podesta on Wednesday, just weeks before the November 8 presidential election in which Clinton is facing Republican Donald Trump.

Dozens of religious leaders who signed the statement expressed their "outrage at the demeaning and troubling rhetoric used by those within Secretary Clinton's campaign".

Jennifer Palmieri, now the Clinton campaign's director of communications, said in a 2011 email exchange that some politically conservative Catholics "think [Catholicism] is the most socially acceptable politically conservative religion".

"He goes on to claim that "(m) any of the most powerful elements of the conservative movement are all Catholic", which he describes as "an incredible bastardization of the faith" that includes "severely backwards gender relations".

It's been a bad week for Podesta, whose hacked emails were being released in batches by WikiLeaks.

Palmieri told reporters traveling with Clinton on Wednesday that she's a Catholic and that she doesn't recognize the hacked email.

Days before Clinton turned over her personal email server to FBI investigators in August 2015, her aides nervously hashed over how to soften the blow in an official campaign statement about the ongoing controversy.

The Hillary Clinton campaign is on defense over emails again.

Megyn Kelly told the audience that the Clinton campaign thinks the emails are no big deal and blames the Russian government for the email hacks.

On Wednesday night, Podesta's Twitter account sent out a pro-Donald Trump tweet.

Emails between Sandy Newman, the founder and president of Voices for Progress, and Podesta expose that they created a Catholic front group masquerading as faithful and orthodox in order to get Catholics to push the gay agenda and other liberal causes.

"Their rich friends wouldn't understand if they became evangelicals", said Palmieri. And the issue kept bubbling up, no matter how hard Clinton's team worked to put it behind her.

Emails show close ties between Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and the Democratic Party long before she wrapped up the nomination.

"You have everything from them mocking people for baptizing their children where Jesus was baptized, which, actually, in that case was a dig at Protestants to calling the Catholic Church a medieval dictatorship, to saying we were extremely backwards on gender relations", McGuire said.

Podesta was included in the email exchange but he did not reply to Halpin's comments.

Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, organized a conference call Wednesday afternoon and demanded that Clinton apologize for the remarks, which she said are "seething with disdain for us and our core beliefs".

In this October 5, 2016, photo, Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta speaks to members of the media outside Clinton's.

"She doesn't know if it's the Russians doing the hacking", Trump said during Sunday's presidential debate town hall.

"I was in touch with the FBI on Sunday - they confirmed that they're investigating a criminal hack of my email and we, of course, are fully cooperating with that investigation".

"In the fall, starting to do avails at message events, interviews, and Q and A with press but having had a series of policy proposals already announced and reported on that she could point to", Abedin suggested, seemingly to relay Clinton's thinking to a number of top aides.

  • Larry Hoffman