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Report: Clinton Made VP Finalists Turn Over Every Social Media Password for Each Member of Family and More


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Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton greets guests after speaking at the Democratic National Committee's Women's Leadership Forum October 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made her vice presidential finalists turn over all of their family members’ social media passwords and much more to be fully considered, according to a Politico report.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton fist bumps Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., after speaking at a rally at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Thursday, July 14, 2016. Kaine has been rumored to be one of Clinton's possible vice president choices. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Clinton ultimately chose Tim Kaine as her VP, but the process was extensive for him and the other finalists.

It wasn’t until the end of the vetting process that Clinton even asked the VP hopefuls, “Why do you want the job?”

Politico has more on just how many hoops the finalists had to jump through:

They had to list every piece of property they’d ever owned, and copies of every resume that they’d put out for the past 10 years. Every business partner. Every gift they’d ever received, according to those familiar with the details of the vetting process.

For the finalists in the hunt to be Hillary Clinton’s running mate, it was five weeks of questions and follow-up, and follow-up to the follow-up questions, starting from when they were summoned one-by-one to meet with campaign chairman John Podesta and lawyer Jim Hamilton and told to bring along just one trusted person who’d serve as the point of contact.

Last Friday was interview day at Clinton’s D.C. home, the final exam that some of the VP candidates had spent weeks with their staffs preparing their pitches for. Clinton, with Podesta seated nearby as the only other one in the room, would start the session by talking them up.

Read the full report here.


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