A new trove of Hillary Clinton emails has been released, sparking Congressional Republicans’ call for a renewed focus on the former First Lady’s crimes.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch released over 1,600 pages of documents which they acquired from the State Department. The documents include almost 100 Hillary Clinton email exchanges that were not turned into the State Department. Multiple emails contain classified information and evidence of pay-to-play schemes–leading Judicial Watch to call on President Trump to restart the investigation into Clinton’s activities.
“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,” explained Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton. “The Trump Justice Department and FBI need to reassure the American people they have finally stopped providing political protection to Hillary Clinton.”
A court order forced the State Department to hand over the documents to Judicial Watch after the State Department failed to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in March 2015. The original FOIA request sought all State Department emails involving official business sent through unofficial channels by Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin while Clinton was Secretary of State.
The emails include evidence of possible pay-to-play schemes in which loyal Clinton supporters were granted high ranking government posts after making massive donations to The Clinton Foundation. Many of the names of the people involved have been redacted.
One email exchange from April 2009 was between Abedin and Kelly Craighead, the Managing Director, at the time, of the controversial Democracy Alliance. Democracy Alliance vets and recommends liberal charities that wealthy donors are encouraged to support. The Alliance has raised money for Obama and Clinton super PACs, and is supported by billionaire George Soros.
In the email, Craighead asked Abedin and Capricia Marshall to “reach out” to an “extremely loyal supporter” who was interested in a high-ranking position in the State Department. Marshall replied to Craighead and told her that her friend was “on everyone’s list/grid” and that her aides would follow up.
Within a year of the exchange, Craighead sought to land a job for another friend, with the support of top Clinton aides. We cannot know if Craighead’s friends landed their preferred positions at the State Department since their names were redacted in the emails.
With Judicial Watch’s exposure of previously hidden Hillary Clinton emails, we are seeing evidence that proves the former Secretary of State broke the law. Should a Special Prosecutor be appointed to investigate Clinton?
Another email exchange hints at collusion between the Democrat-controlled White House and the mainstream media. In a 2010 email, long time Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal shared an audio clip where a Congressional Republican was contemplating a government shut down. Blumenthal told Clinton that she “should use this on all the Sunday shows” and specifically have the shows “Name Boehner. Force Boehner out.” This indicates that Clinton had influence over Sunday news shows.
The new batch of emails offers further evidence of pay-to-play scandals while contradicting Clinton’s claims that all of her emails were turned over. Judicial Watch notes that at least 530 emails have been discovered that were not a part of the original emails turned over by the former Secretary of State.