No Scandal in New State Department Emails, but Hillary Still Has Some Explaining to Do
The following is an excerpt from Josh Voorhees | August 10, 2016 | Slate.com |
The drip, drip, drip continues: The latest batch of State Department emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure, released Tuesday, further highlights the occasionally overlapping interests between the agency and the Clinton Foundation. The messages, which don’t directly involve the Democratic nominee herself, aren’t going to overshadow Donald Trump’s ongoing self-immolation—nor should they—but they are worth a closer look.
The emails in question—which were obtained from the State Department via a Freedom of Information Act request and then published by Judicial Watch, a conservative advocacy group—are between two of Clinton’s closest State Department aides, Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, and a senior executive at her family foundation, Douglas Band, who at the time was leading the Clinton Global Initiative.
In one 2009 exchange, Band reached out to Mills and Abedin in an attempt to put Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire who had donated heavily to the foundation, in touch with the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. Abedin’s response suggests she’d make the connection. “I’m sure he knows him,” she wrote in reference to Jeffrey Feltman, who was the American ambassador to Lebanon at the time. “I’ll talk to jeff.” Band then responded by urging Abedin to call the ambassador herself ASAP. “This is very important,” he added.
In a separate exchange several days earlier, Band asked for something his subject line described as “a favor.” The email is heavily redacted, but it appears as though Band was passing along a note from someone who had recently traveled to Haiti on a Clinton Foundation trip and was subsequently looking for a job at the State Department. “Important to take care of [redacted],” Band wrote. To which Abedin replied: “We have all had him on our radar” and “Personnel has been sending him options.”
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