Judicial Watch on Friday released 448 pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing new incidents of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin providing special treatment by the State Department to individuals who contributed large amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation and political campaigns.
Amid the heavily redacted documents from Abedin’s non-government account was an email from Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, in which he reveals that he acted as a go-between for the Clinton Foundation and donor Richard Park. Another email documents Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band instructing Abedin to “show love” to Clinton donor Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical.
It’s just further proof that the statement by Clinton in which she claimed that “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to the State Department was patently false.
The documents are in response to a court order from a May 5, 2015, lawsuit filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) for: “All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘state.gov’ email address.”
Many of the emails illustrate the unimpeded flow of information and requests for favors between Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
More damning evidence came from the Washington Examiner, which reported:
In March 2012, Bill Clinton received an invitation to speak at the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea…. Richard Park’s friendship with Tony Rodham earned him a direct line to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state. In January 2013, the Korean businessman sent Rodham an email and asked him to “forward this to your sister.”
Other requests for favors involved getting an Iranian woman a visa to come to the United States and helping Canadian concert promoter and Foundation donor Michael Cohl with the processing of a visa.
According to the emails, Abedin received advice from her mother, Saleha Abedin (a controversial Islamist activist), on whom the Obama administration should appoint as the US Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Other emails found in Abedin’s unsecured email account detail instances of the Clinton State Department’s relaxed approach to protecting national security.
According to the report, “On July 4, 2009, U.S. Ambassador to Kenya Jonathan Gration sent Abedin an email that the State Department has classified in part because the information deals with ‘foreign governments’ and ‘national defense or foreign policy.’ Abedin forwarded Gration’s email to her personal, unsecured email account. In his email, Gration related information about his meeting with Libyan president Muammar Qadafi, saying: ‘I conveyed our appreciation for Libya’s role to improve relations between Chad and Sudan … Leader al-Qadafi promised to continue his nation’s close collaboration with the United States … and is eager to meet you and President Obama.’
Gration would later be fired for among other things, using personal email accounts to send government information.
Other documents provided the planned whereabouts for President Obama and Hillary Clinton to officers of the Clinton Foundation, including Doug Band and Justin Cooper.
“I’m not sure how much more evidence of pay for play, classified information mishandling, and influence peddling from Clinton’s email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
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