WikiLeaks: Clinton Staffer Speechless on How to Address Bill's Sexual History
In a bombshell email released by WikiLeaks, a Clinton campaign advisor warned about Bill Clinton's sexual history, urging Hillary's campaign staff to develop answers on the issue. Responding to the email, a member of Clinton's staff referred the matter to campaign chairman John Podesta, apparently unable to address it himself.
Ron Klain, executive vice president and general counsel at the political strategy firm Revolution, LLC., emailed a list of four issues to Clinton staff, insisting that these are important "'Political' Issues" of "high" importance. The first three dealt with Clinton's poll numbers, revelations about her emails, and whether voters can trust her. The fourth was more revealing, however. It dealt with her husband's sexual past:
4. WJC Issues
a. Is his conduct relevant to your campaign?
b. You said every woman should be believed. Why not the women who accused him?
c. Will you apologize to the women who were wrongly smeared by your husband and his allies?
d. How is what Bill Clinton did different from what Bill Cosby did?
Jake Sullivan, the Clinton campaign's top foreign policy advisor and rumored to be a front-runner for the position of U.S. national security advisor should Clinton win, responded briefly, "I think we should go through 1-3 tomorrow," but on the Bill Clinton issues, he referred to Podesta: "John, how to handle 4?"
Klain sent the email, and Sullivan responded, in January of this year. Podesta did not respond — or at least, if he did so via email, that email has not yet been released by WikiLeaks.
It is easy for conservatives to misinterpret this email. In sending it, Klain was not arguing that Bill Clinton's sexual misdeeds were no different from those of Bill Cosby. He was not acknowledging the double standard of Clinton saying victims of sexual assault should be believed, but then attacking her husband's accusers. He was merely raising these issues in order to prepare the Clinton campaign should a Republican opponent (Donald Trump) raise them.