After sending an email, it moves to sent and does not stay in drafts (makes sense). Sometimes I need to send someone a 'draft' email, meaning they are not the end person but someone I need to check the email against. It would be the same formatting and attachments. After I get an Okay, I want to send that message to the real intended recipient. Replying and forwarding messes up attachments and signatures. Is there a way to do this after being sent (i.e., can't go back to these emails and duplicate for drafts).
You can use a canned response templates for this. Once enabled, you'd compose the email you are sending to the person checking. Then when you need to send it to the real person you can make any adjustments and send exactly as desired.
I had the same issue during an internship a few years ago. Here's how I solved it :
On gmail there is an option for exporting emails/drafts as an
Attach it in a mail or share it with the person who needs to check against.
If you have the green light from this person then you can send it from your drafts or modify it.