A top Clinton aide who has “stayed below the radar” is now described as the “middle man” between Clinton’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation operations.
Fox News reports that newly released emails obtained by Citizens United show how easily and seamlessly Clinton’s aides “moved between government service and the foundation, staying in contact with one another and sharing details about VIP’s” and donors.
Dennis Cheng, who is currently the national finance director on Clinton’s presidential campaign, had worked as the Clinton Foundation’s director of development for three years, and prior to that he was the deputy chief of protocol in Clinton’s State Department.
The emails reveal that Cheng worked closely with Huma Abedin, sharing foundation donor information, arranging foundation dinners and donor visits. In one email from November 2012, Cheng asked Abedin if she wanted a ride on a private plane to Little Rock, telling her that “donors would be flying privately on Friday if you want a ride.”
While working for the Clinton Foundation, Cheng reportedly built a donor base of over $246 million.
Fox News asked the director of the nonprofit Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) to review the emails and Cheng’s role.
“He could be best described as the bag man. He’s the one that raised the money and also kept the donors happy,” said Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney.
“You would expect and I always expected that Mr. Cheng would be right in the middle of some of these transactions that were going on between the Clinton Foundation and their donors and those that wanted access to the State Department and Secretary Clinton.”
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