A camp Clinton plot to try to harm the Republican campaign by getting more press coverage for the party’s more conservative candidates was revealed in a email revealed by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks.
The email was sent in April 2015 – two months before Trump announced he was going to stand and is one of tens of thousands published by Wikileaks from the apparently hacked gmail account of Clinton campaign boss John Podesta.
The email from Marissa Astor, and assistant to Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook, to Mr Podesta, and copied to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), suggests the campaign knew Mr Trump was going to run for president, and believed by promoting him into the press, it could ultimately harm the Republicans.
The email also suggests Hillary Clinton‘s team felt it would be good for Mrs Clinton if she ran against someone like Mr Trump, as she would have more chance of success.
The memo described Donald Trump, Senator Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson as “Pied Piper candidates”.