As alleged Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden narrows down his choices for vice-presidential candidate, some are calling for a deeper dive into one of the candidate’s past work as a private consultant.
Susan Rice, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations under President Barack Obama, worked in the White House and the State Department under President Bill Clinton earlier in her career. After Clinton left, Rice went into private counseling – a common move by former Washington officials, but one that sometimes involves obscure deals with less-than-tasty foreign actors whose relationships could come back to haunt the official. it was coming back to the public. a service.
In Rice’s case, as reported by HuffPost, this could be of particular concern given that she withheld the names of her clients she represented between 2001 and 2002 when she worked part-time for the company. geopolitical research team now defunct Intellibridge.
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One client with whom she had a particularly close relationship is, however, known. Rice has worked closely with Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame – the country’s president since 2000 – despite concerns over his human rights record.
Rice also did not indicate whether or not she will share the names of her other clients if Biden chooses her for the VP position, with a spokesperson for the former ambassador telling HuffPost it “remains hypothetical” but that Rice “Would fully comply with the law and any disclosure requirements. ”
According to some Biden confidants, the alleged candidate narrowed his choice of running mate to Rice and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif.
Last week, Biden said he would pick his party’s running mate by “the first week of August.” But a source familiar with the process told Fox News on Monday that “an announcement is not likely this week.”
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As the August 17 Democratic National Convention approaches, a prominent Biden adviser said the former vice president would use next week to “hang out” with the shortlisted candidates.
Biden announced in March that he would appoint a woman as his running mate. Over the past two and a half months – amid nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism – Biden has faced increasing calls to nominate a black woman as the party’s vice-presidential candidate.
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If he chooses Rice or Harris, either would become the first African-American woman and first Vice President in U.S. history if Biden were the best President Trump in the November general election.
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.