While Hillary Clinton is soaking up the media attention from her new book, new revelations have come to light about her mishandling of classified information as secretary of state and the special favors Clinton donors received from the State Department.
Judicial Watch released a blockbuster 1,617 new pages of documents from the U.S. Department of State revealing multiple new instances of classified information being transmitted through top Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s email account, along with several emails revealing how Hillary Clinton donors got special favors from the State Department.
According to Judicial Watch, there are 97 email exchanges with Clinton that were not previously turned over to the State Department — contradicting Clinton’s claims under penalty of perjury that “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to the State Department.
“The emails show ‘what happened’ was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The clear and mounting evidence of pay for play and mishandling of classified information warrant a serious criminal investigation by an independent Trump Justice Department.”
There are no less than 20 new examples of classified information being transmitted through Abedin’s unsecure, non-government email account. The documents were released in accordance with a court order from a 2015 lawsuit Judicial Watch filed against the State Department seeking “all emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-‘state.gov’ email address,” in a Freedom of Information Act request.
Additionally, there are instances of plain sloppiness. On August 18, 2009, Abedin forwarded logins and passwords, a PIN number, and instructions on how to access her email from a secure State Department website to her unsecure email account.
Clinton Foundation officials were given access to Clinton’s daily schedule several times. Judicial Watch highlights how donors also received special favors:
On July 14, 2009, Gordon Griffin, a XL Keystone lobbyist, sent an email to Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band, asking if Band could get him into a Council on Foreign Relations dinner at which Clinton was speaking. Band forwarded the email to Abedin, saying, “Can u get him in?” Abedin replied: “Yes will get him in.” Band was a top aide to President Bill Clinton and co-founder of Teneo. Griffin was a major donor to Hillary Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.
On July 16, 2009, Zachary Schwartz asked Band for help getting visas to travel to Cuba for a film production crew from Shangri La Entertainment. Band forwarded the request to Abedin, telling her, “Please call zach asap on this. [Redacted.] Important.” Abedin responded, “I’ll call zach when we land in India.” Abedin concludes with “Enjoy. Cuba is complicated. Am sure you aren’t surprised to hear that.” Schwartz worked for Steve Bing, a mega-donor to the Clintons and owner of Shangri La Entertainment. Bing has reportedly donated $10-25 million to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton personally $2.5 million a year to be an adviser to a green construction company Bing owned.
On May 5, 2010, major Clinton Global Initiative member, Clinton Foundation donor and real estate developer Eddie Trump forwarded to “Dougie” Band a request for assistance from Russian American Foundation Vice President Rina Kirshner to get the Russian American Foundation involved in a State Department program. Band forwarded the request to Abedin, saying, “Can we get this done/mtg set.” As Judicial Watch previously reported, the State Department doled out more than $260,000 to the Russian American Foundation for “public diplomacy.”
The White House has recently said that the Department of Justice “should certainly look at” prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey for “improper” and potentially “illegal” behavior.
Will the White House now called for a renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s criminal mishandling of classified information and corrupt pay-for-play relationships with Clinton Foundation donors?