Hillary Clinton’s campaign is quick to amplify claims that Donald Trump sexually harassed women, but did she ignore accusations against her own campaign?
A John Podesta email released by Wikileaks on Tuesday reveals US News reporter David Catanese emailed former 2008 Clinton Nevada caucus director Mara Lee on January 19, 2105 after a tip he says he received about inappropriate behavior by one of Clinton’s aides.
“I was recently contacted by a source who claims to have worked on the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign and is alleging that Marlon Marshall made unwelcome sexual advances and propositions towards women on the campaign repeatedly. The allegation is that he would ‘corner women, make them uncomfortable and make suggestions about having sex,'” Cantanese wrote to Lee.
Marshall is now Clinton’s director of state campaigns and political engagement and his name has been featured on email blasts to supporters. Prior to that, he was the White House Deputy Director of the Office of Public Engagement.
“The source also claims that Robby Mook was made aware of the issue, but declined to act on it or intervene because he is personal friends with Marshall,” Cantanese wrote.
Mook is Clinton’s campaign manager.
Lee then forwarded the email to Marshall and Mook, writing, “FYI. Happy to speak out based on my very positive experience working with all of you if that helps – on or off the record.”
Lee was Nevada Caucus Director in 2008, as well as New Mexico State Director for Clinton, according to a bio at the Truman National Security Project.
Mook then forwarded the reporter’s email to John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chairman, adding no comments.
Some nine months later, Clinton made believing the accusations of sexual assault victims a centerpiece of her campaign.
In an online ad, titled “Hillary’s Message to Survivors of Sexual Assault,” Hillary claimed: “I want to send a message to every survivor of sexual assault. Don’t let anyone silence your voice. You have a right to be heard. You have a right to be believed. We’re with you.”
So who does she stand with: her campaign aide, or his accuser?