Saagar Enjeti says Buttigieg's release of McKinsey client list shows he 'caved to public pressure'

Hill.TV host Saagar Enjeti lamented Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegJuan Williams: Clyburn is my choice as politician of the year 'Biff is president': Michael J. Fox says Trump has played on 'every worst instinct in mankind' Buttigieg: Denying Biden intelligence briefings is about protecting Trump's 'ego' MORE’s decision to release a list of clients he worked with during his time at international consulting firm McKinsey & Co.

“Buttigieg caved to public pressure Tuesday evening when he released the clients he worked for while at McKinsey, characterizing his work as mostly working on spreadsheets with no managerial responsibility,” Enjeti said on Thursday.

“If you take a look at the circumstances of his employment, it's pretty clear he’s telling the truth,” he added. “But the problem isn’t the work that Buttigieg did there, it's his attitude towards the company and the economy writ large after that experience.”

Buttigieg on Tuesday released a timeline of his three-year stint at McKinsey & Co. following mounting pressure from critics to disclose his previous clients.

According to the list provided by his campaign, Buttigieg worked with a range of clients including everyone from Best Buy to the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Defense Department.

The move came amid mounting pressure from critics and fellow Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCan Biden find a third way between Trumpism and Obama-era globalism? Left seeks to influence Biden picks while signaling unity Schwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration MORE (D-Mass.), who criticized him over a lack of transparency.

Buttigieg has emerged as a front runner in the crowded Democratic primary field.

The RealClearPolitics average of national polling shows the South Bend, Ind. mayor in fourth place with 9 percent support behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) who has 15.3 percent.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.) continue to hold the top spots. Biden leads with 28.5 percent followed by Sanders at 17.8 percent.

Buttigieg spokesperson Sean Savett responded to Enjeti's remarks by pointing to several reports where Buttigieg has been critical of his former employer. 

“As somebody who left the firm a decade ago, seeing what certain people in that firm have decided to do is extremely frustrating and extremely disappointing,” Buttigieg told reporters last week. He also called reports that McKinsey & Co. had done work for Immigration and Customs Enforcement "disgusting."

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