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Democrat wanted Hillary Clinton to 'go after' Marco Rubio

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WikiLeaks

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October

A top Democratic aide wanted Hillary Clinton to “go after” Marco Rubio for holding up the nomination of ambassador to Mexico over Cuba policy, according to leaked emails.

“Can someone or a bunch of folks, or HRC go after Rubio for holding up Roberta Jacobson’s nomination to be our ambassador to Mexico? Wont this offend Mexican Americans and editorial writers?” asked Luke Albee, an former chief of staff on Capitol Hill and member of Engage Cuba, in an Oct. 23, 2015, email to John Podesta.

“One of the most important countries in the world and he is playing his petty, myopic, parochial bullshit games? And this is a guy who is getting credit for being ‘thoughtful and nuanced’ on foreign policy? The timing is good because of her incredible day yesterday, where she clearly understands the world and our role therein.”

The day before, Clinton testified for 11 hours before the House select committee on Benghazi.

The email then copies a new story about how Rubio and Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from  New Jersey, were blocking Jacobson as a way to jab the White House over Cuba.

Jacobson had been assistant secretary of state for the Western Hemisphere during Obama's Cuba push. She was eventually confirmed this April, with Rubio dropping his hold in exchange for extended sanctions on Venezuela.

Other hacked emails have shown how Democrats were impressed with Rubio’s political skills.

[Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 9:38am]

    

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