The first conversation appears to have occurred on Nov. 29, when Sullivan and other aides joined a conference call that included Colorado elector Micheal Baca, a member of a group working to persuade Republicans in the Electoral College to abandon Trump. Baca relayed the group’s long-shot strategy: to persuade Democratic and Republican electors to unite behind an alternative candidate to Trump.In an email after the call, Baca apologized to Sullivan for his urgent tone.“Not at all! We all share a sense of urgency,” Sullivan replied. “Look forward to being in touch.”The next day, after Baca updated Sullivan on the group’s progress, Sullivan wrote that he personally believed the Clinton campaign should not be involved because it might send “mixed messages.” “But I’m consulting with our leadership,” he added.
The two spoke by phone for 15 minutes on Thursday, according to a log of the call, four days before the Electoral College vote. Two days later, while Baca was in Washington trying to drum up support, he and Palmieri had a short text message exchange in which Baca made what he described as his “final plea” to the Clinton team for assistance.“I know I will have done everything I could to stop Trump but I am just a guy at the end of the day,” he wrote. “Thank you so very much and I’ll trust whatever happens was the right decision.”Palmieri replied, “I hear you. Are you doing a press conference today?”Baca described an event he was planning at D.C.’s Sylvan Theater and asked whether she’d suggest any messaging. “What are you planning to say?” she asked. After Baca provided a short summary of his remarks, there was no further response from Palmieri.