WikLeaks’ latest email dump reveals Clinton honcho and progressive movement commander John Podesta directing Hillary and a senior aide to call former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and former Energy Secretary Enrico Pena to seek their support.
The subject line of the alleged email reads “Needy Latinos and 1 Easy Call.”
The email was sent to Clinton and aide Huma Abedin. Podesta explains to the duo why each of the politicians should be called.
It also walks Clinton through a script, telling her exactly what to say:
The email seems to show that Clinton’s life had become micromanaged. “Ask him how he’s been doing; ask about his views on the race and what she should be doing in Colorado; ask that he consider publicly supporting you,” Podesta writes about calling Pena.
Can’t the smartest woman in the world make a phone call without direction?
It also highlights tension and seemingly bad blood between Richardson and the Clinton team. Podesta says that people have reminded him: “Richardson is still on TV a lot, especially on Univision and Telemundo and, notwithstanding the fact that he can be a d—, it was worth getting him in a good place.”
Only two days earlier, in August 2015, Richardson seems to have emailed Podesta, saying, in part, that if Clinton wanted his support she needed to call. Podesta references possible infighting with Richardson and President Bill Clinton, saying he thought they patched things up. “You should support her. Don’t make it so complicated,” Podesta replied.
Podesta, like the Clinton campaign, responded to the leaks of his emails by blaming the Russians for the hacks.
“It is now clear that the illegal hack of my personal email account was — just like the other recent, election-related hacks — the work of the Russian government. This level of meddling by a foreign power can only be aimed at boosting Donald Trump and should send chills down the spine of all Americans, regardless of political party.”
He did not address the substance of the emails.