Did Hillary Clinton get angry with her husband for suggesting he cancel a speech to Wall Street bankers after her campaign kickoff?

A newly released email on Friday by Wikileaks shows an internal conflict among campaign staffers over whether or not Bill Clinton should cancel a speech to Morgan Stanley just three days after Hillary announced her campaign for president.

“Morgan Stanley is coming down–so we’re good to go,” campaign manager Robby Mook wrote to Jennifer Palmieri and Huma Adbein on March 11, 2015.

“Did you ask them to do that?” Abedin wrote in reply.

“Yeah, john did,” Mook wrote back, presumably referring to campaign chairman John Podesta.

“HRC very strongly did not want him to cancel that particular speech,” Abedin responded.

“I think if John is getting involved in this scheduling matter, he must feel strongly. I will have to tell her that WJC chose to cancel it, not that we asked.”


Mook wrote back minutes later, “Yes the issue is that if we’re announcing on the 12th/13th and he’s speaking to a wall street bank on the 15th, that’s begging for a bad rollout. Adding Podesta.”

Abedin doubled down, repeating Hillary didn’t want Bill to cancel his speech.

“John and Robby – HRC is reiterating her original position. She does not want him to cancel.”

Mook replied:

I know this is not the answer she wants, but I feel very strongly that doing the speech is a mistake–the data are very clear on the potential consequences. It will be three days after she’s announced and on her first day in Iowa, where caucus goes have a sharply more negative view of Wall Street than the rest of the electorate. Wall Street ranks first for Iowans among a list of institutions that “take advantage of every day Americans”, scoring twice as high as the general election electorate. I recognize the sacrifice and dissapointment that cancelling will create, but it’s a very consequential unforced error and could plague us in stories for months. People would (rightfully) ask how we let it happen.

Hillary then left it up to Bill to decide whether or not to do the speech.

“Robby – Just raised with her again. We are good to cancel esp if WJC is ok with it. Just needed a cool down period,” Abedin wrote the following day.