Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was apparently behind the 2010 nomination of then-Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to serve on the Ninth Circuit Court, a fiasco for the Obama administration that ended with Liu withdrawing his nomination the following year following revelations of his numerous controversial writings.

Clinton was a key early booster of Liu who in official emails released late Tuesday discussed with aides in 2009 how to sell his nomination to reluctant White House officials and Senate lawmakers.

The emails laid out a strategy of describing Liu's record in completely different and even contradictory terms based on who they were trying to convince.

In a March 20, 2009, email, Cheryl Mills, Clinton's chief of staff, told her boss she had attached two sets of talking points to be used for two calls on behalf of Liu's candidacy.

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