Chief CNBC correspondent John Harwood regularly offered praise and assistance to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including in the weeks before and after he moderated a Republican presidential debate, hacked emails revealed Monday.
The emails, illegally obtained from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and published by WikiLeaks, show that Harwood reached out to Clinton officials including Podesta, communications director Jennifer Palmieri and adviser Jake Sullivan to offer compliments and to offer at least one interview to Clinton that she would "want" to conduct.
"She looked so much more comfortable talking to Andrea today than to Brianna a few weeks ago," Harwood wrote in a Sept. 4, 2015, email to Podesta, referring to CNN anchor Brianna Keilar and NBC's Andrea Mitchell. "I think she's over the hump. Knows she has to do this ad infinitum," Podesta replied.
"How are you feeling about where things stand?" Harwood inquired of Podesta in another exchange in October. "Battered but OK," Podesta replied, to which Harwood said, "Sounds right to me."
Harwood engaged in another exchange with Podesta on Nov. 24, titled, "Don't you think it's time." In the body of his message, Harwood continued, "For HRC to talk economy with me?"
Podesta replied, "Time to start talking about the economy with somebody. Probably after Thanksgiving."
"With me," Harwood insisted in a subsequent message. "It will be the kind of substantive, deep, textured conversation about the economy she wants."
Harwood was a moderator for the Oct. 28 Republican presidential primary debate, during which he memorably asked eventual nominee Donald Trump if he was running a "cartoon" version of a campaign. The event was one of the most widely criticized debates of the campaign cycle.
Emails released over the last week revealed the Clinton campaign keeping tabs on the tone of coverage offered by reporters. Campaign press secretary Nick Merrill referred to New York Times writer Maggie Haberman as a reporter who had "never disappointed" the campaign, while calling Times writer Amy Chozick an "idiot."