A fresh batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman and former counselor to President Obama, John Podesta, has been released by Wikileaks.
As many as 1190 new emails comprise part of the latest release, adding to the more than 4,000 emails from Podesta already released by the whistleblowing website. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange claims they are sitting on a trove of 50,000 messages.
The emails also reveal frustration from Clinton’s camp over President Obama’s reluctance to show support for her. DatedMarch 12, 2016, over a month after primaries began, advisor Neera Tanden asks Podesta “Can Obama even hint of support of Hillary before Tuesday? Really, just a directional nod would be helpful.”
“Maybe they don’t want to do this, but the stakes are pretty damn high in this election for him,” Tanden says. Podesta asks“Why don’t you push Valerie a little bit,” possibly referencing Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to Obama.
The previous release revealed that many advisers close to the Clintons pushed for Bill’s role in his wife’s campaign for presidency to be reduced, as his “sex life could be damaging to her”.
Clinton confirmed the authenticity of the previous release, clarifying comments exposed by the leak during Sunday’s second presidential debate. Her admission to the National Multi-Housing Council in 2013 that politicians have “both a private position and a public position” was explained as being a discussion she had regarding the film ‘Lincoln’.
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