Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta was charged with managing the “long line of Wall Street people” clamoring for positions of influence with Hillary Clinton, according to emails published by WikiLeaks.
In September 2015, Podesta directly emailed Clinton about Robert Wolf, the former president of UBS Investment Bank, a prominent Democratic donor and one of President Obama’s most trusted financial advisers.
Podesta wanted to advise Hillary, who was about to meet with Wolf, that she should do her best to woo the banking honcho by offering to engage in a “direct relationship” and seek his counsel on economic issues. The goal was to keep Wolf from supporting Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential aspirations.
“I think he feels like he’s at the end of a long line of Wall Street people you’ve known for a long time,” Podesta wrote, adding that because Wolf frequently appears on television, he would be an “asset” to the campaign “beyond whatever he can do financially” as a well-connected fundraiser.
Podesta also warned that Wolf was being courted by Vice President Joe Biden, who at the time was mulling a presidential run of his own, but suggested Hillary could “lock him down” by pretending to care about what he has to say.
Records show that UBS Wealth Management paid Hillary Clinton $225,000 for a speech in New York in July 2013, one of many speeches to Wall Street firms that helped the former secretary of state rack up millions of dollars in fees.
Wolf, a frequent golf partner of President Obama’s, helped raise more than $500,000 for Obama’s campaign in 2008. After Obama took office, Wolf was promptly appointed to Economic Recovery Advisory Board that was charged with crafting the controversial $787 billion stimulus package.
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