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After Clinton Donation, Legal Recruiter Complains of Death Threat

Oct. 11, 2016, 5:34 PM

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Hours before Sunday night’s presidential debate, Renee Rush said she was dining with a friend at Pomodoro Rosso on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan when a frightening series of events unfolded.

The 60-year-old legal headhunter, known for advising on law firm partner placements, recalled to Big Law Business that an unfamiliar number called her phone and a male voice piped over, saying he was from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

After Rush said she had already “maxed out” her donations, the voice said, according to her account: “Shits like you shouldn’t be alive anymore and we have a pine box waiting for you.”

Startled, Rush hung up and headed to her friend’s house near Central Park West, where she was going to watch the debate. There, she received another call from the same number, a line she later learned was a generic phone number from Optimum.

The same voice came back, according to Rush: “The pine box is waiting,” he said.

This time, Rush said she called the police and hung up.

According to a police report read to Big Law Business by NYPD officer Arlene Muniz, Rush’s complaint was filed on Sunday evening, at 7:33 p.m., when Rush relayed the events to the police. “The complaintant fears for her life and safety,” said the report.

Muniz said that the matter is still under investigation and there is no status update at this time. “Right now, it’s still open.” She declined to comment on whether there have been other similar complaints filed with the police.

Rush hung her own shingle in 2009 and practices at A.W. Rush & Co. Legal Search Consultants, a firm with offices in New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, London and Paris.

In 2014, she placed Peter Lyons, a veteran M&A partner, who jumped from Shearman & Sterling to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2014 .

Rush has long been a supporter of Hillary Clinton for president and has donated at least $1,500 to her campaign, she said. She said that she had no idea how someone would have acquired her cell phone number.

“I’m vocal in support for her,” said Rush. “I mean, everybody who knows me knows I’m pro-Hillary.” But she said that she hasn’t done any formal work for her campaign like “manning the phones or knocking on doors.”

“If I had time, I would, but my life does not allow for that at this point.”

It’s not the first time death threats have been reported in the presidential race. In April, Politico and others reported that Steve House, the Colorado GOP chairman, received threatening phone calls and emails from Trump supporters after the candidate did not receive delegates in Colorado.

A request for comment placed with the Clinton and Trump campaigns wasn’t immediately returned.

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