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WikiLeaks email: Ruppersberger wanted role in national security in potential Clinton administration

Phil Davis
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A hacked email posted by WikiLeaks suggests that Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger wanted a role in crafting national security policy following an endorsement of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

In an email titled "Talked to Dutch" from Clinton's campaign manager Robby Mook to senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan, Mook said Ruppersberger "said that when he endorses he wants to be involved with national security policy."

The Baltimore County congressman served on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for 11 years and his district includes the Fort George G. Meade military base.

Spokeswoman Jaime Lennon dismissed the idea that Ruppersberger was asked for a specific appointment, saying that "he was just requesting (to have) input on national security policy."

Mook also wrote that Ruppersberger "wants to wait" on endorsing Clinton "because his donors love (former Maryland Gov. and Democratic presidential candidate Martin) O'Malley" and he was contemplating a run at retiring Sen. Barbara Mikulski's seat in the U.S. Senate.

Dated May 14, 2015, the email predates when O'Malley officially launched his campaign on May 30. Ruppersberger told The Atlantic for a June 2 story that he had not endorsed either because he had close ties to both.

Spokeswoman Jaime Lennon said Ruppersberger didn't initially commit to Clinton during the primaries "out of respect for Martin O'Malley, his friend."

She also pointed to the fact that the Baltimore County congressman has long been a supporter of Clinton, endorsing her in the Democratic presidential primaries of the 2008 election.

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