Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and major Democratic donor Jeffrey Leeds worryingly discussed Hillary Clinton’s health in March of last year, hacked emails show.
The email exchange, provided to several journalists by D.C. Leaks, a website with ties to Guccifer 2.0 and potentially Russia, reveals how Clinton’s health has been a topic of discussion among political heavyweights for some time.
Also back in 2015, Leeds & Powell discussed Hillary’s health pic.twitter.com/dm4G1WJvus
— Lee Fang (@lhfang) September 14, 2016
“On HD tv she doesn’t look good,” Powell, who is believed to have had around 30,000 emails hacked, wrote on March 14. “She is working herself to death… She will turn 70 her first year in office.”
In response, Leeds recalled a conversation with Rhode Island Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse regarding Clinton’s difficulty in traversing a set of steps.
“Sheldon Whitehouse, who is a huge Clinton supporter, said they were both giving speeches at the same event a few months back and she could barely climb the podium steps,” Leeds wrote.
The back and forth will undoubtedly increase skepticism among American voters already worried over Clinton’s increasingly public health issues.
Despite Clinton’s checkered medical history in past years, including a severe concussion in 2012, media outlets until recently have attempted to dismiss concern of the candidate’s health as mere hearsay.
The shocking incident, which was blamed on dehydration and overheating, quickly led to the admission that Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia only 2 days prior.
News of the ailment reinforced in many the belief that Clinton has been hiding her health issues from the public.
The following day former President Bill Clinton revealed during a CBS interview that Hillary has collapsed “on more than one occasion” allegedly due to dehydration.
“Frequently — well not frequently, rarely — but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated,” Bill said in an interview that was deceptively edited.
Hillary herself confirmed the statement later that day in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, although she claimed to only recall fainting twice.
Clinton subsequently canceled a visit to California and stayed home to rest in Chappaqua, N.Y. on Monday and Tuesday.