Hillary Clinton met with a Mafia heir who asked for his drug kingpin father to be released early from prison in exchange for votes, it has been revealed.
The former First Lady met Giovanni Gambino, the son of Francesco ‘Ciccio’ Gambino and the cousin of Carlo Gambino – the boss of the notorious crime family and one-time head of the American Mafia – while she was campaigning in the the presidential primary in 2007.
The Democratic front runner spoke to the crime author, who recently made headlines for saying he would protect New York from ISIS, at one of his pizzerias in Charleston, South Carolina.
The 41-year-old’s father, who was serving a 30-year prison sentence at the time, suggested he contact Clinton to see if she could help with his early release through a presidential pardon.
In return, Giovanni Gambino would get his ‘connections’ in the restaurant business to vote for her and drum up support.
He also wanted the pair to discuss over-populated prisons – a policy she has championed in her latest presidential bid.
Clinton agreed and the pair met during her unsuccessful run for the 2008 Democratic nomination, and even posed for a picture with the mobster’s son.
Giovanni, who has also served time in a New York state prison, also got the chance to pose with her husband Bill for a picture.