Newly-released emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State have raised questions about the nature of the State Department’s relationship with the Clinton foundation.
According to CNN, conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released 296 pages of emails from the Democratic presidential nominee, including 44 that were not previously handed over to the State Department by Clinton.
In one of the emails, top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band lobbied Clinton aides for a job for someone else in the State Department. Band told former Clinton State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that “important to take care of (redacted).” He was then reassured by Abedin that “Personnel has been sending him options.”
Band told the two women to put Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor, in contact with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon.
“We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon,” Band wrote. “As you know, he’s a key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp.”
“It’s jeff feltman,” Abedin responded, referring to Jeffrey Feltman, the US ambassador to Lebanon at the time. “I’m sure he knows him. I’ll talk to jeff.”
In a press release, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Clinton “hid” the 44 emails on purpose.
“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” he said in a press release. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”
The Clinton campaign, however, claimed that emails didn’t relate to her work at the Clinton Foundation.
“Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the Foundation’s work,” said an emailed statement from Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin. “They are communications between her aides and the President’s personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the Secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the Foundation.”
Donald Trump wasn’t having any of it.
“This is yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power,” said Stephen Miller, Trump’s national policy director. “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. 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.”
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