It’s hard not to wonder how much more information will be discovered when it comes to the corruption of the Clinton Foundation. It seems Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is producing a continual stream of information that shows the malfeasance of her organization.
Last week, watchdog group Judicial Watch released almost 450 pages of documents from the State Department that highlight new instances of Hillary Clinton’s staff and associates engaging in shady behavior, allegedly providing “special treatment” to foundation donors. The emails include exchanges between Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff and Tony Rodham, Hillary Clinton’s brother.
These exchanges show that the State Department, under Hillary Clinton, provided special favors to donors who gave money to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton’s political campaigns. The emails also show that Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band told Abedin to give special treatment to Clinton donor Andrew Liveris.
In 2009, Doug Band sent an email to Abedin telling her that she “needs to show love” to Andrew Liveris, the head of Dow Chemical, during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. He asked that Abedin introduce Liveris to Hillary Clinton. Dow Chemical donated between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative. Judicial Watch also states that “Band also pushes for Clinton to do a favor for Karlheinz Koegel, a major Clinton Foundation contributor, who wanted Hillary Clinton to give the “honor speech” for his media prize to “Merkel.”
In November 2009, Ben Ringel, a Clinton donor, sent an email to Huma Abedin asking for help with granting a visa to an Iranian woman. He wrote, “We need to get her clearance even only temporary to be with her granddaughter.” Abedin then sent the request to Lauren Jiloty, a Clinton aide. In May, Doug Band also tried to assist a Canadian concert promoter with processing a visa. He is also a major Clinton Foundation donor. But that’s not all. While the emails show that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was providing special treatment for donors, they also demonstrate that they were negligent when it came to national security.
On at least two occasions, Clinton aide Lona Valmoro emailed Clinton’s daily schedule to officials working for the Clinton Foundation. The emails also show that emails containing President Obama’s planned whereabouts were sent.
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Huma Abedin also used an unsecured email account to send an email titled “The Secretary’s Phone Call with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang”. The details of the document were redacted because it contained classified material. There was also another email titled “The Secretary’s Phone Call With Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov”.
It is evident that Hillary Clinton’s State Department consistently behaved in a way that shows corruption. These most recent emails show that Clinton was likely engaging in “pay-for-play” with donors to the Clinton Foundation. Additionally, her handling of classified materials could have put the United States at risk. While it is not clear whether or not this information will lead to further investigation, it does further show the extent to which Hillary Clinton engaged unethical and potentially illegal behavior during her tenure as Secretary of State.