What's more is that it appears that the article caught the attention of Politico's co-founder John Harris, who jokingly sent a note to Jennifer Palmieri, Mrs. Clinton's Director of Communications made famous for her admonishment of Catholicism.
Newly disclosed emails show there were close ties between Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and top Democratic Party officials long before she wrapped up the nomination, despite a longstanding mandate that the national party remain neutral in intraparty fights.
"It's an fantastic bastardization of the faith", Halpin wrote in an email to Palmieri and John Podesta, Hillary's campaign chairman who was chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and has been a counselor to President Barack Obama.
That stems from correspondence that shows that the campaign received an update from the Department of Justice about the timing of the release of Mrs Clinton's State Department emails.
The accusation that Russian agents are now playing an almost-daily role in helping fuel Mr Trump's latest political attacks on Mrs Clinton raises far greater concerns, though, about foreign interference in a presidential election. He said that he believes Russian Federation and WikiLeaks are operating in favor of Trump.
With the White House weighing its next move - from possible sanctions to covert, retaliatory cyberaction - President Vladimir V. Putin of Russian Federation insisted on Wednesday that his nation was being falsely accused.
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The Trump campaign previously issued a general denial to the statements attributed to Trump in the AP story. Apprentice creator and EP Burnett and MGM said Monday that neither is able to release the footage.
The chief liaison to Republican nominee Donald Trump for Catholic issues said that emails released October 11 by WikiLeaks "reveal the depths of the hostility of Hillary Clinton and her campaign toward Catholics". "They ridicule Catholics for raising their kids Catholic".
Podesta was ridiculed for failing to change his passwords after Wikileaks began releasing his emails. But as much as Mr Trump sees WikiLeaks coming to his rescue, strategists in his own party take a dim view of its ultimate impact.
"What the Clinton campaign is being exposed of right now is being a political animal", Felling said. That call may also affect the race in Missouri where Clinton already trails Trump. Podesta refers to possible conflict between Richardson and Bill Clinton, saying he thought they had patched things up.
Podesta tells the Associated Press the FBI is investigating Russia's possible role in hacking thousands of his personal emails, an intrusion he says Donald Trump's campaign may have been aware of in advance.
Podesta told reporters on Clinton's campaign plane Tuesday that the FBI is investigating the leaks as part of a broader investigation into Russian hacking of Democratic groups.
That knowledge would have given the Trump ally, and perhaps Trump himself, an advantage in responding to thousands of pages of email, including some of the content of Hillary Clinton's paid private speeches.