Huma Abedin Emails Unveiled: Clinton Foundation a Conduit for Powerful to Request Favors From Hillary Clinton

Huma Abedin, at one time a confidant to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was a vital point person at both the State Department and for Clinton Foundation donors reaching out for favors and meetings from the Obama administration.

Her emails, therefore, provide a pivotal glimpse into the affairs of Mrs. Clinton and the way she managed the State Department on her watch. They raise a crucial question: Were Clinton’s decisions always made on behalf of the nation-at-large or were there decisions that were skewed on behalf of her own future presidential ambitions?

The new Abedin emails were obtained by Judicial Watch by Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and were released on Wednesday. The watchdog group explained why these emails had not been disclosed earlier:

The documents included 91 Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 530 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department, and further contradicting a statement by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails had been turned over to the State Department. […]

Several emails contain classified information.

The emails demonstrate the blatant manner Clinton Foundation donors asked for meetings with Hillary Clinton. Judicial Watch listed several examples:

” “Howard Buffett, Jr., grandson of Warren Buffett, sought a meeting for his father, Howard Sr., with Hillary Clinton to discuss ‘food security.’ The Buffett family, including Warren, his son Peter, and his late wife, Susan, through the Susan Buffett Foundation, all donated heavily to the Clintons and the Clinton Foundation. On behalf of Howard Buffett Jr., Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin asked Abedin to get Howard Buffett Sr. a meeting with Clinton. He says, ‘Any chance of a brief meeting?’ Abedin replies, ‘we will take care of this.’”

” “[O]n April 12, 2009, Miguel Lausell, a Puerto Rican telecom executive who reportedly donated $1 million to the Clinton Presidential Library and was a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, made a request of Abedin through Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band to push for the appointment of someone to become US ambassador to the Dominican Republic. Lausell concludes: ‘I will be in DC from the 7th to the 9th and would like if possible to say hello to hillary Please let me know.It would be just a short visit and not to ask anything from her.Just hello.” [Errors in original.] The next day, April 13, Clinton aide Nora Toiv passed Lausell’s message to Clinton special assistant Lauren Jiloty and Rob [last name unknown] to ‘make sure there is a response.’”

” “On April 3, 2009, Kelly Craighead, who at the time was Managing Director of Democracy Alliance, a controversial left-wing fundraising organization, emailed Abedin and Capricia Marshall, former Executive Director of HillPAC and Friends of Hillary, asking them to ‘reach out’ to someone who was an ‘extremely loyal supporter’ and was waiting to hear about a senior position at the State Department. Marshall responds to Craighead, saying the person was ‘on everyone’s list/grid’ and directed her aides to follow up. A year later, in April 2010, Craighead contacted Abedin again, asking for assistance in landing a job for someone at State: ‘It would mean a lot to me if you could help or advise on a personnel situation for a dear friend.’ Abedin replies, ‘We love [Redacted]. Looking into this asap.’”

The newly released Abedin emails provide yet another glimpse into the conduit of access provided by Clinton Foundation donations to Hillary Clinton, who was at the time the most powerful wielder of U.S. foreign policy short of the president of the United States.

Source: Conservative Daily

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