Foundation donors asked Clinton to provide jobs for friends.
The latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails show that right after she became Secretary of State, top donors asked the State Department for favors for unidentified associates.
In April 2009, Clinton Foundation official Doug Band sent an email to Clinton’s top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin about a favor. He reminded them it is important to take care of [Redacted].” Officials blacked out the name, but Abedin said “Personel has been sending him options.”
This is not the only one, though.
In another email, Band asks the State Department for another favor for a top donor:
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 Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.
Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He 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.
Other emails show that Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, sent Clinton his “testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any U.S. efforts to criticize Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers.” She then asked to connect with him on a trip to Beijing. Morgan Stanley has long contributed to the Clintons.
Clinton fundraiser Lana Moresky asked Clinton to provide a job for someone. Clinton herself told Abedin “to follow up and ‘help’ the applicant and told Abedin to ‘let me know’ about the job issue.”
Other pages proved “that Clinton campaign adviser and pollster Mark Penn advised Clinton on NATO and piracy.” Clinton also asked a man named Justin “to set up her cell phone voicemail, rather than having State Department personnel handle it.” Judicial Watch presumed this Justin is Justin Cooper, an employee at the foundation.
Judicial Watch said these emails show Clinton violated an ethics agreement she took when she became Secretary of State:
“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton accused Abedin and Clinton of ethics violations:
“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”
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