Judicial Watch: More Evidence that Clinton State Dept Favored Clinton Donors

By Theresa Smith | July 28, 2017 | 9:56am EDT

(CNSNews.com) - On July 14, government watchdog Judicial Watch released 448 pages of documents from the U. S. State Department indicating that Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009-13), provided special treatment to Clinton Foundation donors.

Among these documents were six email exchanges that Hillary Clinton did not turn over to the State Department, although she had previously sworn that all such emails had been turned over, said Judicial Watch.

This brings Judicial Watch’s tally of newly discovered emails that Clinton did not release to 439. Judicial Watch received these documents from the State Department after filing a lawsuit in May 5, 2015. The lawsuit required all emails “of official State department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘state.gov’ email addresses.”  (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State, No. 1:15-cv-00684)

Abedin’s emails show that donors to the Clinton Foundation put in special requests to the Clinton State Department. On June 19, 2009, Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, emailed a letter to Abedin from Richard Park, a donor to the Clinton Foundation since 1993, to be passed on to the Secretary of State.

In another email dated July 2009, Doug Band, the head of Clinton Global Initiative, sent an email to Abedin saying that she “Need[s] to show a little love” to Andrew Liveris, the CEO of Dow Chemical, an organization that gave between 1 million and 5 million dollars to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative.

Band also requested that Clinton give a speech at a ceremony in honor of Karlheinz Koegel. He founded the Media Control Gmbh, a provider of entertainment data. In 2008, Bill Clinton received $250,000 honoraria from the group and, as Fox News reported, Koegel donated between $100,001 to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

The emails show donors also asked Abedin for help in obtaining visas for foreigners. In May of 2009, Band requested such help for Michael Cohl, a Canadian concert promoter and Clinton Foundation donor.

Likewise, on Nov. 14, 2009, Ben Ringel, another Foundation donor, asked over email for assistance in getting an Iranian woman a visa to enter the United States.

In another series of emails, donors and other connections discuss government positions with Abedin.

An August 2009 email discussed the position of ambassador to Barbados, while another presents a recommendation from Saleha Abedin, Huma Abedin’s mother and Islamic activist, about the U.S. Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Judicial Watch also obtained emails that discuss government affairs and national security in private emails.

Abedin titled a May 2009 email “The Secretary’s Phone Call with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang,” which is marked “sensitive but unclassified,” as is one titled “The Secretary’s Phone Call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov.”  

In one of the email series on June 8, Clinton and her aides, including Abedin, discuss a cabinet meeting.

In another sent June 4, 2009, Abedin wrote the location of President Obama, while she included Clinton’s schedule for July 26 in another.

“I’m not sure how much more evidence of pay for play, classified information mishandling, and influence peddling from Clinton’s email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

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