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Hillary Clinton’s top advisers never publicly backed an effort by Democrats on the Electoral College to block Donald Trump’s election. When it failed on Monday, one aide mocked it as an unserious “coup” attempt.
But a batch of correspondence obtained by POLITICO shows members of Clinton’s inner circle — including senior aides Jake Sullivan and Jennifer Palmieri — were in touch for weeks with one of the effort’s organizers as they mounted their ill-fated strategy. And despite repeated requests for guidance, Clinton’s team did not wave them off.
Call logs, emails and text messages reveal a Clinton campaign walking a tightrope — never fully endorsing the effort, but intentionally declining to stamp it out. The approach was comparable, one former campaign official said, to the campaign’s passive-but-not-dismissive response to long-shot recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Indeed, as news of Russia’s role in influencing the election emerged, an exhausted and shell-shocked Clinton team at times appeared torn between accepting the election results and continuing to publicly fight Trump’s ascension to the White House.
Everybody knew Clinton was involved in the pathetic elector coup attempt but now there is actual proof.
The next day, after Baca updated Sullivan on the group’s progress, Sullivan wrote that he personally believed the Clinton campaign should not be involved because it might send “mixed messages.” “But I'm consulting with our leadership,” he added.
That appears to be the last time Baca and Sullivan communicated. The same day, Baca sent an email to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, urging him to endorse the effort, but did not receive a reply.
Palmieri replied, “I hear you. Are you doing a press conference today?”
Baca described an event he was planning at D.C.’s Sylvan Theater and asked whether she’d suggest any messaging. “What are you planning to say?” she asked. After Baca provided a short summary of his remarks, there was no further response from Palmieri.
“The bipartisan electors’ letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a statement Monday, Politico reported. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”
“Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” he said. “Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. We now know that the CIA has determined Russia’s interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.”
Podesta was responding to an open letter from ten electors – including Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, requesting the intelligence briefing.
New Email Leak Proves Clinton Team Collaborated With Hamilton Electors
Two days later, while Baca was in Washington trying to drum up support, he and Palmieri had a short text message exchange in which Baca made what he described as his “final plea” to the Clinton team for assistance.
The absence of any high-profile support left the ragtag group with little horsepower
Baca said he appreciated that Clinton aides heard him out and listened to his pleas. At the same time, he added, “they missed an historic opportunity led by concerned electors and future leaders in the Democratic Party.”
'Not at all! We all share a sense of urgency,' Sullivan wrote Baca. 'Look forward to being in touch.' Read more: www.dailymail.co.uk... osecution.html#ixzz4TcwUth9H