Emails prove Clinton’s pay-to-play scheme as secretary of state

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Emails obtained Wednesday by the watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal that former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin used her personal email account to transmit classified documents and coordinate favors for Clinton donors.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents as part of a lawsuit filed after the State Department failed to respond to a March 2015 Freedom of Information Act request.

The newly-obtained documents include 91 email exchanges involving Clinton when she was secretary of state that were not turned over to the State Department, the group said.

The documents contradict Clinton’s claim that “as far as she knew” she had turned over all of her government emails, sent via a personal email account using a private server, while she was secretary of state.

The emails show that there were several times when Abedin used her personal account to send and receive classified documents, as well as arrange personal favors for Clinton donors and political allies on behalf of the 2016 Democratic nominee for president, Judicial Watch said.

“Pay-to-play, classified information mishandling, influence peddling, cover-ups—these new emails show why the criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s conduct must be resumed,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton stated.

For example, in 2009, Miguel Lausell, a Puerto Rican telecom executive and donor of over $1 million to the Clinton Library, requested through Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band that a specific candidate be considered for the U.S. ambassadorship to the Dominican Republic.

The following day, a Clinton aide passed Lausell’s message to the secretary of state’s special assistants and instructed them to “make sure there is a response.” It remains unclear whether the person in question received the ambassadorship because the name is redacted.

In another example of Clinton donors receiving preferential treatment, the managing director of left-wing fundraising organization Democracy Alliance, Kelly Craighead, emailed Abedin asking her to “reach out” to an “extremely loyal supporter” who was awaiting a response regarding an application for a senior position at the State Department.

One year later, in April 2010, Craighead reached out again with a State Department personnel request.

“It would mean a lot to me if you could help or advise on a personnel situation for a dear friend,” Craighead said.

Abedin appears to have prioritized the request. “We love [name redacted]. Looking into this asap,” she responded.

Fitton criticized President Trump’s Justice Department for “slow-walking” the release of information and said the newly-obtained documents merit a new investigation into Clinton’s conduct as the Obama administration’s first secretary of state.

“Justice Department officials are in court repeatedly and regularly defending Clinton’s conduct,” Fitton told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “The sheer number of instances of influence-peddling and pay-to-play we’ve reached passes the point of critical mass for something to be done.”

“Someone who doesn’t feel the need to protect Clinton or Obama could make a clear-eyed decision. You want to reassure people that justice is being administered clearly.”

Fitton said that Trump will need to assume a more active role if the Justice Department is to launch a thorough investigation into Clinton’s conduct.

“If [Trump] wants something done, he’s gotta do it himself, and I think he knows it,” he said.

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