A conversation between Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and political consultant Erick Mullen leaked by WikiLeaks suggests that Tim Kaine — and Hillary Clinton — lied to the American people about the Virginia senator’s selection as Clinton’s running mate.
In the email, Mullen complains to Podesta that attorney Bob Glennon “won’t stop assuring Sens Brown and Heitkamp (at dinner now) that HRC has personally told Tim Kaine he’s the veep.” The email was sent on July 15, 2015 — over one full year before the campaign’s official announcement.
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Clinton announced Kaine’s selection on July 22, 2016. The Clinton campaign behaved as if it were still sifting through possible VP picks until practically that very day. “Just got off the phone with Hillary. I’m honored to be her running mate. Can’t wait to hit the trail tomorrow in Miami!” Kaine tweeted.
Kaine suggested at one point that he only knew of his selection 48 hours before the official announcement. But the email released by WikiLeaks suggests otherwise — yet more evidence of the Clinton campaign’s pathological predilection for lying to Americans.
The original email was leaked by WikiLeaks on October 10, 2016, but apparently went unnoticed by the media. It resurfaced this week after new batches of leaked emails contained Podesta and Mullen’s replies to one another.