Emails: Clin­ton pressed Pelosi on lack of quick en­dorse­ment

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Laurie Kell­man

WASH­ING­TON — A hacked email re­leased by Wik­iLeaks on Sun­day sug­gests Hil­lary Clin­ton was miffed by House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi’s ini­tial re­fusal to en­dorse her dur­ing the Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial pri­mary.

Clin­ton aide Huma Abe­din noted in a July 16, 2015, email to a list of peo­ple in­clud­ing cam­paign Chair­man John Podesta that Clin­ton had asked for the House Demo­cratic leader’s en­dorse­ment over Sen. Bernie San­ders.

Pelosi “didn’t say yes,” Abe­din wrote. “HRC said she felt it was a nonan­swer.” Abe­din sug­gested that she or Podesta call Pelosi’s top aide “to see what the deal is but she wasn’t pre­pared for that an­swer,” ac­cord­ing to the email. Pelosi ul­ti­mately en­dorsed Clin­ton.

The email was among about 2,000 mes­sages pub­lished Sun­day by Wik­iLeaks. The emails were hacked from Podesta’s pri­vate ac­count.

Also re­leased Sun­day was an email from Hil­lary Clin­ton spokesman Robby Mook to Podesta, in which Mook waved a cau­tion­ary flag about a Clin­ton in­sider who could be seen as an eth­i­cally ques­tion­able con­nec­tion be­tween the State Depart­ment and the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion. In the March 11, 2015, email, Mook writes of Clin­ton Foun­da­tion donor Jose Vil­lar­real that “it looks like he’s snared up in the con­flict of in­ter­est stuff at State. (Not) the WORST thing in the world, but there’s a real ar­gu­ment here that he was at the nexus of foun­da­tion/ state is­sues.”

Mook notes that as sec­re­tary of state, Clin­ton “took ad­van­tage of her fi­nan­cial net­works and cor­po­rate con­nec­tions to raise over $72 mil­lion from 66 cor­po­ra­tions for the United States Pav­il­ion at the World’s Fair in Shang­hai in 2010.” Vil­lareal was se­lected to be the com­mis­sioner gen­eral of the U.S. Expo in Shang­hai. House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi, left, ul­ti­mately en­dorsed Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton, right, for pres­i­dent.

ALEX BRAN­DON/AP

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