Emails: Clinton pressed Pelosi on lack of quick endorsement
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.