New emails released by Judicial Watch are revealing the inner workings of the State Department-Clinton Foundation nexus through which high level donors were given special access to Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. The new documents, obtained by Judical Watch through a freedom of information (FOIA) request, suggest that longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin acted as a conduit between the Clinton Foundation and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Abedin often worked in concert with top Clinton Foundation executive and longtime Clinton loyalist Doug Band to arrange access for high-dollar donors.
In one email exchange, Abedin and Band arranged for a meeting between Secretary Clinton and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain after requests through “normal channels” had been come up short.
Judicial Watch reports:
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
Also included in the emails were an exchange between Abedin and Band in which Band urged the State Department to issue visas to members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, after one member had difficulty obtaining one due to criminal charges. According to Judicial Watch, Band was acting on behalf of another major Clinton Foundation donor, Hollywood sports entertainment executive Casey Wasserman, who “has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.”
“These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Litton in a statement from the group. “There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law.”
Check out the full report as well as the Emails at Judicial Watch!