New Emails Raise Questions About Ties Between Clinton Foundation and State Dept.

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A fresh batch of previously-unreleased State Department emails are raising new questions about the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department during the years Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State.

The conservative group Judicial Watch, released 296 pages of email conversations from Clinton’s private email server that it says show that “Clinton’s top aides’ favors 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.” The group says 44 of those pages had not been previously turned over to the State Department.

Allegations that the Clinton Foundation, a global charitable organization created by former President Bill Clinton, worked to compensate donors by providing access at the State Department has cast a shadow over the current Democratic presidential nominee for years.

For her part, Mrs. Clinton has always disputed any claims of wrongdoing.

One example that Judicial Watch pointed to was an April 2009 discussion in which it appears that Clinton Foundation official Doug Band urged aides to the then-Secretary of State to consider an associate of his for a job saying “it was important to take care of” the unnamed staffer.

In a response email, Band is told by top Clinton staffer Huma Abedin, “We have all had him on our radar. Personnel has been sending him options.”

It is unclear from the emails whether the individual was ultimately offered a job.

Another example, also involving Band, shows him pushing another high ranking State Department staffer Cheryl Mills and Abedin to put billionaire philanthropist Gilbert Chagoury in contact with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon.

Abedin responds to Band:

“Its jeff feltman
“I’m sure he knows him
“I’ll talk to jeff”

According the Clinton Foundation‘s “Contributor and Grantor” list Chagoury donated between $1 million and $5 million dollars to the organization. Judicial Watch notes:

“[Chagoury] also pledged $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 $66 million to the Nigerian government.”

The new set of emails was obtained by Judicial Watch by way of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the group against the Department of State last year.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reacted to the release of the State Department emails via Twitter suggesting the media was focusing too much on his recent comments on the Second Amendment and not enough on Clinton’s emails.

The issue of Clinton’s use of personal computer server has dogged her campaign for months. After an interview with Fox News late last month, Clinton came under renewed scrutiny after telling interviewer Chris Wallace that FBI Director James Comey said her past statements regarding her emails were “truthful,” a claim Factcheck.org and other outlets found was false.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2016/08/10/489462473/new-emails-raise-questions-about-ties-between-clinton-foundation-and-state-dept?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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