Hillary Clinton may have gone too far with her criticism of Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The documentation of this confrontation relied on State Department emails published by Gawker last Tuesday and divulged to the public on Saturday. It showed that a former Clinton top State Department aide had joined forces in an attempt to smear Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. It came during the former secretary of state’s 2013 testimony on the Benghazi attacks.
The evidence was strong enough for CNN to suspend foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott, for two weeks. She exposed a critical tweet of Senator Paul during the hearing. The unearthing of the tweet was done so at the directive of Clinton aide Philippe Reines.
The social media post contained mocking words against Senator Paul for asking Clinton difficult questions throughout the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. CNN reporter Labott was accused of coordinating with Reines to tweet one favorable quote from Clinton’s testimony.
Labott was apparently unaware of exactly what she was going to produce publicly. She asked Reines via email, “Are you sure Rand Paul wasn’t at any hearings?” Labott fired back his reply within minutes in the affirmative.
Another CNN employee then posted her official Twitter account: “She was great. Well done. I hope you are going to have a big drink tonight.” She wrote it hours later after the Labott/Reines collaboration in reference to Hillary’s performance earlier that day.
But that wasn’t the end. Reines responded in a tweet to Labott he had “suggested a good tweet.” That led to Labott to respond she had not received his suggestion for an additional tweet. Reines quickly replied back with the word “Pin.” That was apparently a reference to a private messaging system.