Sunday brought the latest wave of leaked emails written by Hillary Clinton’s most trusted aides, exposing yet more intimate details of her campaign to date.
Among the hundreds to be shared over the weekend were friendly notes exchanged between her campaign chairman John Podesta and his team.
In one exchange given the subject line ‘Girls night’, Podesta told Deputy Communications Director Kristina Schake he would have to ‘bail’ on their plans.
‘You like prosecco as much as I do so sorry to miss you!’ she responded jovially.
More emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign were published on Sunday by Wikileaks
Campaign chairman John Podesta is the sender or recipient of most of the emails that were leaked. In one, he talks of having to ‘bail’ on ‘girls night’ and miss out on prosecco with deputy communications director Kristina Schake
The email, dated November 15, 2015, revealed the pair’s plans once released on Sunday
Another glimpse of their hot-fingered correspondence came when discussing arrangements for a meeting between the candidate and the rapper Q-Tip.
The musician’s request to sit down with Hillary to discuss her policies was released last week but her campaign’s conferral, and enthusiasm about their pairing, has only just become known.
‘I’ve actually see Q-Tip in concert,’ remarked Schake enthusiastically.
Sara Latham, Podesta’s chief of staff, spoke of arranging a collaboration between Q-Tip and an ‘older act’.
‘A Q-Tip collaboration w/an older act could be interesting… bridge the general gap and keep us hip!’ she wrote.
The campaign staff also discussed setting up a meeting between Clinton and the rapper Q-Tip (above)
In one email, Podesta’s chief of staff Sara Latham spoke of a collaboration between Q-Tip and an ‘older act’ to ‘keep us hip!’
Designer Kenneth Cole is an avid Clinton supporter. He was also involved in the emails and is pictured above (far right) with the candidate in 2005
Cole and Podesta exchanged friendly emails about his input, with Podesta thanking the designer for helping arrange a meeting with Q-Tip
The meeting was arranged, it appears, by shoe designer Kenneth Cole. An avid Clinton supporter, he threw a fundraising event for her in July last year.
Podesta, whose emails revealed their polite friendship, thanked him for the introduction.
‘Well that took ages but good outcome. Thanks for lighting the fuse.
‘How do you think we are doing other than better?’ he said.
‘Happy to hear. All looks and feels better. Let’s chat when you have a few minutes,’ Cole replied on November 19, 2015.
In a thread passed around before Clinton had been given the Democratic nomination, staffers compiled a list of ‘To Do’s’ ahead of her debate against Bernie Sanders in Flint, Michigan.
In other emails, tips for Hillary to follow while debating Bernie Sanders at the Democratic debate in March (above) were revealed
Her aides warned her ‘don’t giggle’ and ‘laugh at yourself’ in a word document that was leaked
Their standoff took place on March 6, four months before Clinton was given the nomination.
In her notes, her advisers told her to ‘laugh at herself’ and ‘don’t wiggle!’.
The leaks are the latest to have been published by Wikileaks. Calling them The Podesta Emails, they gave an unprecedented glimpse into the inner workings of the Clinton campaign.
Podesta attempted to take aim at Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after the first batch were released.
Poking fun at his refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, Podesta wrote on Twitter photograph of food prepared by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud: ‘I bet the lobster risotto is better than the food at the Ecuadorian Embassy.’
Others revealed division in the campaign over Clinton’s initial refusal to apologize for using a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
Podesta told a fellow adviser he agreed the candidate’s lack of ‘remorse’ was a ‘character flaw’ and said he had been trying to ‘get her there’.
Doug Band gave a scathing characterization of Chelsea. ‘A kiss on the cheek while she is sticking a knife in the back, and front,’ it said
He appeared to compare the 36-year-old to one or both of her parents, writing: ‘As they say, the apple doesn’t fall far’
Another revealing exchange exposed the scornful view some key insiders have of Chelsea Clinton.
Doug Band, an executive of The Clinton Foundation and member of the Clinton Global Initiative, said she would ‘kiss on the cheek while twisting the knife in the back, and front.’
‘The apple doesn’t fall far,’ he remarked snidely in a damning assessment of one or both of her parents.
In a sharply worded back and forth, one worker at the Clinton Foundation complained furiously when it was suggested she might not need a personal assistant.
Laura Graham complained that she ‘would not’ go without an assistant in a ranting email after it was suggested there might be cutbacks at the Clinton Foundation
Graham (above with Clinton in 2011) has worked with the family for years
Outraged by the suggestion that they cut back on outgoings, Laura Graham, who was Bill Clinton’s post-presidency Chief of Staff, fumed: ‘I need an assistant. I won’t go wo (without) one.
‘I cannot do this all by myself…Plus she’s my sister so you’re suggesting we fire her and so then I just got a paycut of what she makes since I would then have to support her and her family.
Cheryl Mills hinted the Clintons were not as financially comfortable as once thought, writing: ‘How much they’ve made and how little they have saved’
‘Everyone else had there (sic) demands. These are mine and they are more than reasonable.’
She removed the disclosure of one employee’s salary from a budget- ‘$80k or $87k’ – because it was ‘personal’.
Her comments were directed to Cheryl Mills, the lawyer who defended Bill Clinton through his impeachment trial and who served as Hillary’s Chief of Staff while she was Secretary of State.
Mills replied to paint the couple as generous people who, having ‘given so much and saved so little’.
‘wjc and hrc do a lot of giving, to their family, to their staff, and to their friends.
‘They are trying to be better partners to the foundation and save some of their resources — not an unreasonable thing for them to choose to do given where they are, how much they’ve made and how little they have saved.’