Hacked Clinton emails reference Obama, Illinois primary

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WASHINGTON — The latest hacked emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign give fresh evidence that her supporters were worried about primary rival Bernie Sanders.

A liberal operative asked campaign chairman John Podesta if President Barack Obama could “even hint” that he was supporting Clinton before the Illinois primary in March. Podesta had previously been Obama’s chief of staff. It’s his stolen emails that are being released by Wikileaks.

The operative, Neera Tanden, wrote: “Maybe they don’t want to do this, but the stakes are pretty damn high in this election for him.”

Podesta responded with a reference to Obama friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett. He said: “Why don’t you push Valerie a little bit.”

Obama stayed officially neutral in the primary until Clinton clinched the nomination in June.