Clinton Boots Adviser for 'Crankpot' Line

N. Irish leader bashed for calling Hillary's claims 'a wee bit silly'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 28, 2008 11:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Hillary Clinton has been forced to disown one of her advisers after he lashed out at the former leader of Northern Ireland in a television interview, writes the Telegraph. Jamie Rubin, who worked in the State Department under Bill Clinton, spoke out in reaction to comments from David Trimble that the candidate exaggerated her role in the peace process. Rubin called Lord Trimble a sexist, a "crankpot," and unreliable because he is a Protestant.

Clinton, who recently admitted that she "misspoke" when she said that she had to dodge sniper fire in Bosnia, has come in for criticism for exaggerating her foreign affairs experience. Lord Trimble, the former first minister of Northern Ireland and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, called Clinton's assertion that she was integral to the peace process "a wee bit silly."