The emails show that while aides struggled to get past the public controversy, they also expressed exasperation at each other and, at times, at Clinton - both for her decision to use the server and for the way she handled questions about it. The fact that he said he didn't know about the server may also have protected him from an Federal Bureau of Investigation interview.
"The same time everybody else learned it, through news reports", Obama claimed.
The exchange of emails between Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and Clinton ally and columnist Brent Budowsky was among the batch of around 1,000 emails from Podesta's account released by WikiLeaks on Saturday.
WASHINGTON ― Newly released emails show Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign reacted swiftly when President Barack Obama said he learned about her private server use for official business.
However, he insisted that Obama "was not aware" of the details of Clinton's email account, but added that the president "recognized the email address that he was emailing back to".
Longtime Podesta confidant Neera Tanden asked, "Why didn't they get this stuff out like 18 months ago?"
And on Tuesday morning, in its latest document release, WikiLeaks email ID 31077 has the smoking gun that could prove, beyond a doubt, that Clinton and her camp were scrambling to cover up the lie just weeks before she officially announced her run for the Democratic nomination.
"I think it's a good idea but think that our team will see it as a resource diversion", Podesta wrote to de Blasio.
"We need to clean this up", Mills wrote to Podesta.
CBS' senior White House correspondent Bill Plante had asked Obama when he learned about her private email use.
Meanwhile Clinton, who celebrates her 69th birthday Wednesday, continues to dismiss the email leaks, instead focusing on what she calls Trump's lack of qualifications to be commander in chief.
"There is nothing more important politically than Clinton getting ahead of money and politics", the pollster said. From there she praised Obama for tearing into Donald Trump, "The president taking his own shots at Trump, playing along with Jimmy Kimmel's mean tweets".
"This is a Cheryl special", Tanden said, also bashing Mills. "They wanted to get away with it".
Thanks to the WikiLeaks dump of Clinton campaign communications, we now know her team knew this was a major problem and shifted quickly to spin mode.
This new information further highlights why Clinton email scandal has always been an Obama scandal that goes far beyond the Secretary of State's office and reaches directly into the White House.