Friends in high places come in handy.
Judicial Watch revealed another batch of Hillary Clinton emails they received from their Freedom of Information Act request they sent in last year. The group insists Hillary has not fully explained why she had a private server, but the investigation has presented details that a lot more went on than we thought. This latest batch has grown the hole Hillary dug for herself as major donors to her Clinton Foundation used her status as secretary of state to ask for special favors for friends. Unlike the previous release, though, these emails shows donors asking for access to Hillary herself. In other emails, they asked for access to other State Department officials.
The release comes on the same day a federal judge told the State Department to quickly release another 15,000 Hillary emails the FBI discovered in July.
Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band asked Hillary’s aide Huma Abedin to schedule a meeting with the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, reminding her the man is a “good friend of ours.”
The Hill reported:
Abedin replied several hours later that the crown prince had attempted to arrange the meeting through “normal channels,” but that Clinton “said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel.”
Two days later, Abedin reached out to Band and said: “Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc[.] If u see him, let him know[.] We have reached out thru official channels[.]”
Salman in 2005 established a scholarship program for the Clinton Global Initiative, committing more than $32 million by 2010, according to the Clinton Foundation website.
Then Band emailed Abedin again about “a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club” because one member had difficulty over a “criminal charge.” Band asked Hillary on behalf “of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation.”
The catch? Wasserman donated “between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.”
Abedin told Band it made her “nervous to get involved,” but said she would ask. Band answered, “Then don’t.” Meow.
Musician Bono from the band U2 even tried to receive a favor:
The Abedin emails reveal that even U2’s Bono got into the act when former Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin, who helped set up the Clinton Foundation, urged Abedin to help the aging rock star broadcast from the international space station. In a May 27, 2009, email with the subject line “Bono/NASA,” Schwerin wrote, “Bono wants to do linkup with the international space station on every show during the tour this year.… Any ideas? Thks.” Bono has been a donor to the Clinton Global Initiative. And in 2011, he gathered top entertainers for “A Decade of Difference: A Concert Celebrating 10 Years of the William J. Clinton Foundation.” According to USA Today, “Some tickets were sold to the public for $50 to $550, and premium seats went for $1,000 to $5,000 on the Foundation website.”
Earlier this month, Judicial Watch released emails from Band to Abedin and aide Cherly Mills asking about a favor for a friend and reminded them “it is important to take care of [redacted].” Officials blacked out the name, but Abedin said “Personnel has been sending him options.” He also asked them to put the department’s “key guy” to Lebanon in touch with Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and donor Gilbert Chagoury.
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.”DONATE
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