The emails, released by the U.S. Department of State as part of a lawsuit, show further examples of mishandling of classified information and incidents of pay-for play.
There is an extensive list of concerning incidents, including numerous additional examples of classified information sent through the unsecured servers by Abedin when serving as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.
Also included are new instances of Clinton donors receiving favors from the State Department, according to JW.
It’s important to note that Clinton claimed to have turned over all personal emails related to State Department business. From JW:
“The documents included 97 email exchanges with Clinton not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 627 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, ‘as far as she knew,’ all of her government emails had been turned over to department.”
Here are a few of the more flagrant examples of mishandling of sensitive material:
- On March 8, 2009, Clinton sent classified information using her unsecured [email protected] account. She forwarded to former Senator George Mitchell an email from Tony Blair relating to Palestine. The email had been sent to her at [email protected] Clinton responded to Blair, saying she had forwarded the email to Mitchell. A former Senate majority leader, Mitchell was serving as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.
- On June 23, 2009, U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk, who had his security clearance suspended in 2000 for “possible sloppiness” in the handling of classified information, sent a memo containing classified information to Abedin’s unsecured email account. The memo, written for Clinton, pertained to Indyk’s discussions with top Israeli officials:
“Could I ask you to review the memo below that I wrote yesterday on my return from Israel? If you think it worthwhile, I’d be very grateful if you showed it to HRC (I have already shared it with Mitchell and Feltman). A confrontation with Bibi appears imminent. I’ve never been one to shy away from that, as she may know. But it has to be done carefully, and that doesn’t appear to be happening. And I’m concerned that she will be tarred with the same brush if this leads to a bad end. So I think she needs to make sure that the friction is productive. I’ve made some suggestions at the end of the memo.”
- On August 18, 2009, confidential assistant Monica Hanley provided Abedin with laptop and fob (a physical device that provides a login code) logins and passwords to log onto a laptop, as well as a secure State Department website at https://one.state.gov. Included were a PIN number and instructions on how to access her email from the secure State Department website. Abedin forwarded this information to her unsecured account.
- On September 11, 2009, the highly sensitive name and email address of the person giving the classified Presidential Daily Brief was included in an email forwarded to Abedin’s unsecured email account by State Department official Dan Fogerty.
- The details of Hillary’s arrival on November 18, 2009, in war-torn Kabul, Afghanistan, for the inauguration of President Karzai, were found on Abedin’s unsecured email account. Included were precise times of landing at Kabul Airport, the occupants of her vehicle, arrival and departure times at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, and meeting times with U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
Other examples of mishandling emails include:
- On August 4, 2009, Assistant Secretary Jeffrey Feltman sent classified information about discussions with Kuwaiti officials to Abedin’s unsecured email account. Feltman noted that the Kuwaitis felt a lunch they had with Obama was “chilly.” The discussions concerned Guantanamo as well as Kuwait’s treatment of detainees.
- On Sept 20, 2009, Abedin forwarded classified information to her unsecured email account. The email was from State Department official Esther Brimmer and concerned foreign leaders’ discussions regarding a UNESCO leadership appointment.
- On November 1, 2009, U.S. Ambassador to the UAE Rick Olson sent classified information to Abedin’s unsecured email account. The email shows that Olsen was traveling with Hillary in the Middle East, and Abedin asked him to “work on a list of everything covered in the mbz [presumably Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi] meeting for Hillary.” Olson asks: “Do you want it on this system (I can sanitize), or on the other system.” She replies: “This system easier. We are staying without class[ified] computers. Thx.”
- On December 1, 2009, Abedin sent classified information about foreign military contributions to the Afghanistan war effort to her unsecured email account. The email originated with State official Sean Misko who wrote to Deputy Chief of Staff Jake Sullivan that he first “accidentally” sent it on the “high side” (secure) but was resending.
- On December 26, 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual sent a memo to Clinton, which was found on Abedin’s unsecured email account. It contained extensive classified information involving U.S. and Mexican counter-drug operations in Mexico.
Note that hackers regularly attempt to access unsecured servers, which would have included those used by Clinton and her associates.
Also included among the new documents are additional examples of Clinton donors requesting and receiving special favors from the State Department, according to JW. A few examples from the report include:
- On July 14, 2009, Gordon Griffin, a Keystone XL lobbyist, sent an email to Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band, asking if Band could get him into a Council on Foreign Relations dinner at which Clinton was speaking. Band forwarded the email to Abedin, saying, “Can u get him in?” Abedin replied: “Yes will get him in.” Band was a top aide to President Bill Clinton and co-founder of Teneo. Griffin was a major donor to Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.
- On September 11, 2009, Terrence Duffy, chairman of futures brokerage firm CME Group, a donor to the Clinton Foundation, asked Clinton to arrange “government appointments” for him in Singapore and Hong Kong. Clinton, using her [email protected] address, forwarded the request to Abedin, “fyi.” Abedin responded to Duffy’s email, saying she would “follow up” with Duffy’s secretary, Joyce. Duffy gave $4,600 to Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign; CME Group paid Hillary $225,000 for a speaking fee and has donated between $5,001 and 10,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
Abedin, using her [email protected] address, later told Joyce, “Would like to get some more information and details so we can try to help.” Further along in the exchange, Joyce responds “We would also like some help in arranging meetings with some key govt officials in both locations, such as the Prime Minister of Singapore, and would appreciate any help you may be able to provide.”
- On September 29, 2009, Abedin followed up with Duffy, telling him that “we are happy to assist with any and all meetings” and that she had “discussed you and your trip with our assistant secretary of state for east asia and pacific affairs,” suggesting that Duffy write the assistant secretary, Kurt Campbell. Duffy replied, “Thank you very much. I did connect with Kurt Campbell today.”
- Major Clinton donor Bal Das, a New York financier who reportedly raised $300,000 for Hillary’s 2008 presidential campaign, asked Abedin on November 11, 2009, if Hillary Clinton could address the Japan Society at its annual conference in 2010. Clinton did speak to the Japan Society’s annual conference in 2011.
Within the emails, JW pulled out examples which “provide insight on the inner workings of the Clinton State Department, in particular her engagement with her staff.” A few examples include:
- In a May 19, 2009, “Global Press Conference” memo, Clinton was given in advance the “proposed questions” of four of the seven foreign reporters. Examples include: “What is the Obama administration’s view of Australian PM Rudd’s proposal to form an Asia-Pacific Community” and “Why can’t American drones not find, detect and destroy the insurgency supply line?”
- In a document entitled “HRC Pakistan Notes” prepared for Clinton by her staff, Clinton apparently had to be reminded of all her trips to Pakistan and of “stories that you have told/remember.” Her reminder instructions include: “You loved Faisal mosque, and it was especially meaningful to have CVC [Chelsea] with you.” And: “Your first Pakistani friend was in College. She introduced you to Pakistani food and clothes.” And: “You have had lots of Pakistani and Pakistani American friends over the years. From Chicago to California to Washington, DC, you have friends all over the country. They know how much you love Pakistani food …”
The release of emails arrives just as Clinton’s new book of explanation, detailing why she believes she lost the 2016 presidential election, hits shelves. About to begin an extensive book tour for “What Happened,” Clinton may want to reflect more on the problems she created for herself, including questionable business dealings, some of the statements she made about conservatives, and her mishandling of State material.
As Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted in a released statement: “The emails show ‘what happened’ was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation.”
“The clear and mounting evidence of pay for play and mishandling of classified information warrant a serious criminal investigation by an independent Trump Justice Department,” Fitton continued.
This batch of emails is the 20th production of documents obtained in response to a court order in a May 5, 2015, lawsuit Judicial Watch filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State [No. 1:15-cv-00684]).
Cause of Action Institute and Judicial Watch are currently suing the federal government for failing to properly preserve emails from Clinton. When a redacted declaration was filed to the court by E.W. Priestap last month, the assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, the two groups motioned to reveal unredacted grand jury subpoenas, issued in the Clinton email investigation, citing “significant public interest” regarding the Clinton email investigation, and its implications for national security.
U.S. District Court judge James Boasberg of the District of Columbia ruled in favor of Cause of Action Institute and Judicial Watch.
Note: Visit Judicial Watch for a complete list and rundown of the emails they made note of in the new email dump.
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