Hillary Clinton sending government emails from her private server will look like small potatoes when Americans finally get a look at what was in those emails, as a conservative watchdog group has shown.
In a move that will shake even the most ardent Hillary supporter, Judicial Watch has published 296 pages of State Department records from Clinton’s time there, including 44 email exchanges that were never turned over. This in direct contradiction to Clinton’s repeated claim that she turned over all relevant materials to investigators, and brings the total number of new emails to 171.
But the obvious attempt to conceal the newfound emails pales to what is actually described in them. As conservatives have long suspected, the materials prove that Hillary used her position as Secretary of State to grant favors to big-time Clinton Foundation donors as well as campaign loyalists, engaging in political favoritism at a level rarely seen in the modern era.
From giving special access to campaign insiders to chastising employees for not covering up their tracks, the emails show that the State Department was embedded in corruption from head to toe under Hillary Clinton’s regime.
The most disturbing revelation, however, is the extent to which individuals seeking to advance particular foreign policy positions sought – and received – an audience with Clinton and her minions:
“Included in the new document production is a 2009 email in which Band, directs Abedin and Mills to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury in touch with the State Department’s ‘substance person’ on Lebanon. Band notes that Chagoury is ‘key guy there [Lebanon] and to us,’ and insists that Abedin call Amb. Jeffrey Feltman to connect him to Chagoury.
Chagoury is a close friend of former President Bill Clinton and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation. He has appeared near the top of the Foundation’s donor list as a $1 million to $5 million contributor, according to foundation documents. He also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to a 2010 investigation by PBS Frontline, Chagoury was convicted in 2000 in Switzerland for laundering money from Nigeria, but agreed to a plea deal and repaid $66 million to the Nigerian government.
Clinton’s top aides’ favors for and interactions with the Clinton Foundation seem in violation of the ethics agreements that Hillary Clinton agreed to in order to be appointed and confirmed as Secretary of State. For example, Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:
‘For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….’
As preparation for Hillary’s upcoming visit to Asia, Stephen Roach, chairman of Morgan Stanley Asia, on Feb. 11, 2009, sends Hillary a copy of his upcoming testimony before Congress in which he would condemn any U.S. efforts to criticize Chinese monetary policy or enact trade barriers. Several days later, Hillary asked Abedin about Roach possibly ‘connecting’ with her while she was in Beijing: ‘I forwarded you my email to him about connecting in Beijing. Can he come to the embassy or other event?’ Morgan Stanley is a long-time financial supporter of the Clintons.”