Hillary Clinton's campaign discussed a "swift boat project" to undermine Donald Trump's presidential campaign, according to newly released emails by WikiLeaks.
The emails exchanged on Feb. 26, 2016 involved Democratic strategist Joel Johnson, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and campaign chairman John Podesta, according to The New York Post.
"I know you can't look past Bernie and March primaries — but who is in charge of the Trump swift boat project?" Johnson asked, adding that the plan "needs to be ready, funded, and unleashed when we decide — but not a half-assed scramble."
Palmieri responded: "Gee. Thanks, Joel. We thought we could half-ass it. Let's discuss."
"Sorry. I've been behind too many curtains in my day," Johnson replied.
The emails did not make clear what plans the campaign had.
The term "swift boating" has become slang for unseemly political tactics used in a campaign and refers to the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which accused the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, John Kerry, of lying about his actions during his military service in Vietnam in order to win decorations.
The New York Times called it "one of the ugliest smears in modern U.S. history."
Republican incumbent George W. Bush defeated Kerry, who is now U.S. Secretary of State.
The trove of emails belongs to Podesta and WikiLeaks has been releasing them regularly.
The information in the emails could be damaging politically to Clinton's campaign. However, Trump has not taken advantage of the opening, preferring to focus on rumors that the election is rigged or criticizing the women who have accused him of sexual assault, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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