In a leaked 2015 email that’s sure to reignite conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health, Huma Abedin argued that the Democratic nominee was “still not perfect in her head.”
Several Clinton campaign staffers were discussing how to address then-GOP candidate Jeb Bush’s use of Super PACs throughout his campaign when the remark was made.
Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri wrote:
“Yes. If she feels need to address Jeb q directly - would suggest the pivot of “I will leave commentating on campaign tactics to others, but I am very concerned about the dark money in politics and have to get rid of it once and for all.”
Clinton campaign strategist Joel Benenson then offered what appeared to be a potential talking point:
“I will leave commenting on campaign tactics to others. What I have made absolutely clear is that corporate money and secret money have no place in our democracy and we should get rid of it once and for all.”
That's when Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest aides, replied:
“She's going to stick to notes a little closer this am, still not perfect in her head.”
The email was sent shortly before Clinton launched her bid for president.
Critics have questioned Clinton’s health throughout her campaign, citing persistent coughing fits and accusing her of looking tired. However, there was little evidence of any underlying medical issues until she was caught on video collapsing during a 9/11 memorial event in New York City. Her doctor later said she was diagnosed with pneumonia.
Clinton has also released a letter from her doctor, Lisa Bardack, that says she is in good health, but suffers from hypothyroidism and allergies.
Rumors about the Democratic nominee’s health have dwindled in recent months, but speculation caught fire after the latest WikiLeaks email dump on Tuesday.
The email will likely keep the rumor mill going until Election Day.