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Clinton aides tell New York Times to back off in secret summit

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Aug. 12, 2013: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.AP

Some of Hillary Clinton's closest aides blasted the New York Times for what they said was unfair coverage of the former first lady during a recent secret meeting with the paper's Washington bureau, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. 

Sources said the meeting included Clinton advisers Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, as well as Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan and national political reporter Amy Chozick, who has been on the Clinton beat for the paper. 

During the closed-door gathering, Clinton aides reportedly griped about the paper's coverage of the potential 2016 candidate, arguing that Clinton has left public office and not be subjected to harsh scrutiny, according to a source familiar with the discussions. 

Neither the Times nor the Clinton camp would discuss on the record specifics. However, sources familiar with the meeting describe it as an attempt to brush back and even intimidate the staff of the Times. The sometimes fraught relationship between Clinton and the press has been well documented. 

"We are not going to comment," said a Times spokesperson when contacted by the Free Beacon. 

Reines and another spokesperson for Clinton did not respond to requests for comment. 

Chozick's recent reporting includes a story last month that suggested a family feud was brewing between the Clintons and Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law. 

Margolies lost her Democratic primary bid for U.S. Congress in late May, and the Times reported that Hillary Clinton's conspicuous absence from the campaign had rankled some Margolies allies. 

In April, the Times also reported on Clinton's difficulty defining her accomplishments at the State Department. 

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