New emails show links between State Dept, Clinton Foundation

PTI Washington | Updated on January 17, 2018 Published on August 10, 2016

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves to supporters at a field office for US Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz in Davie, Florida, US, August 9, 2016. Photo: Reuters

A new set of 44 emails released by a conservative watch dog have thrown light on how top officials from the Clinton Foundation sought access to the State Department when Hillary Clinton served as the Secretary of State in the first term of the Obama Administration.

According to the email exchanges spread over 296 pages, officials of the Clinton Foundation not only sought to get job opportunities in the State Department, but also the help of in getting meetings with foreign government, alleged Judicial Watch which obtained these emails through Freedom of Information Act.

The new documents reveal that in April 2009 controversial Clinton Foundation official Doug Band pushed for a job for an associate, the Judicial Watch said.

In the email Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the State Department Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that it is “important to take care of [Redacted]. Band is reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.”

Band was co-founder of Teneo Strategy with Bill Clinton and a top official of the Clinton Foundation, including its Clinton Global Initiative, it said.

Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band, directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese—Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon.

Band notes that Chagoury is “key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,” and insists that Abedin call ambassador Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.

Chagoury is a close friend of former US President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation, Judicial Watch said.

He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a USD 1 million to USD 5 million contributor, according to foundation documents.

He also pledged USD 1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative.

According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid USD 66 million to the Nigerian government, Judicial Watch alleged.

“Clinton’s top aides’ favours for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State,” it said.

As preparation for Hillary’s upcoming visit to Asia, Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, on February 11, 2009, sends Hillary a copy of his upcoming testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any US efforts to criticise Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers.

Several days later, Hillary asked Abedin about Roach possibly “connecting” with her while she was in Beijing: “I forwarded you my email to him about connecting in Beijing. Can he come to the embassy or other event?” Morgan Stanley is a long—time financial supporter of the Clintons, the Judicial Watch said.

“The emails also reveal that Abedin left then—Secretary Clinton’s daily schedule, a presumably sensitive document, on a bed in an unlocked hotel room,” the Judicial Watch alleged.

An email on April 18, 2009, during a conference in Trinidad and Tobago, from aide Melissa J Lan to Huma Abedin asks for the Secretary’’s “day book binders.”

Abedin replies: “Yes. It’s on the bed in my room. U can take it. My door is open. I’m in the lobby. Thx.”

Moreover, the emails show the annoyance of another Clinton aide that the schedule was sent to an authorised State Department email address and not to an unsecured non-state government account, Judicial Watch alleged.

“The emails reveal that Clinton campaign adviser and pollster Mark Penn advised her on NATO and piracy.

Another major Clinton fundraiser, Lana Moresky, also pushed Clinton to hire someone for a position at State.

Clinton directed Abedin to follow up and “help” the applicant and told Abedin to “let me know about the job issue,” it said.

“This is yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power. She views public office as nothing more than a means to personal enrichment — and every dollar she takes comes at the expense of the public welfare,” said Stephen Miller, national policy director of the Trump Campaign.

“This latest finding is an unseemly, disturbing window into a corrupt office, and yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton has been lying from the beginning — and by any reasonable definition attempted to obstruct the investigation of the FBI,” he said.

Published on August 10, 2016
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