An anonymous source has alleged that former President Bill Clinton had sharp disagreements with his wife, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, over how her advisers were conducting her election campaign.
The details were reported by controversial author Ed Klein, who has written four books on the Clintons, says the Daily Mail.
The alleged dispute erupted over FBI director James Comey, who reopened an investigation into her email server just 11 days before the Nov. 8 election.
“I was with Bill in Little Rock when he had this shouting match with Hillary on the phone and she accused Comey [of] reviving the investigation into her use of a private email server and reversing her campaign’s momentum,” the source said, according to the Mail.
Neither Bill nor Hillary has responded publicly to the report.
Klein’s allegations have been called into question before. A May Washington Post article, reporting on a lunch meeting between Klein and then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, described Klein’s biographies on the Clintons as a “series of bombshell books spreading rumors and innuendo, much of it discredited.”
According to Klein’s source, Bill was critical of Hillary’s campaign team, including campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign manager Robby Mook.
“Bill was so red in the face during his conversation with Hillary that I worried he was going to have a heart attack. He got so angry that he threw his phone off the roof of his penthouse apartment and toward the Arkansas River,” the source added.
The source also said that Bill encouraged Hillary to focus her campaign on economic issues, rather than attacking Trump. He also suggested she travel to the south side of Chicago to condemn the crime and violence taking place there.
“A big part of Bill’s anger toward Hillary was that he was sidelined during the entire campaign by her advisers,” the source added. “He can’t be effective if he sees himself as just another hired hand. He wasn’t listened to and that infuriated him. After all, he knows something about campaigns, and he told me in early October that Hillary and her advisers were blowing it.”
Bill appeared alongside Hillary at her concession speech Nov. 9 and looked visibly upset.
“President Clinton phoned President-elect Trump this afternoon,” an aide to Bill Clinton told CNN Nov. 10. “During the brief call, President Clinton congratulated Mr. Trump and wished him well.”
Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr