New State Department emails obtained by Judicial Watch show that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin was asked by one of the Clinton Foundation's most controversial donors to secure an invitation to an Obama administration State Dinner.
The email correspondence with Abedin, which was contained in a group of 21 previously undisclosed emails that were handed to the watchdog group, show that donors to the Clinton Foundation thought that they could receive favors from the State Department while Clinton was at the helm.
"As you know, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Obama are having a State Dinner," wrote Sant Chatwal, an Indian man who has donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, in November 2009. "Any possibilities to include me and my wife for this dinner? If so, that would be really great!"
Abedin said that Clinton's office was unable to secure an invitation to the State Dinner, but offered Chatwal access to the Indian prime minister nonetheless.
"We have no control over the white house state dinner," Abedin replied. "But, Hillary is hosting the state lunch for the prime minister with vice president biden at the state department and you should be receiving your invitation to that soon. Will be the same day, nov 24th."
In 2014, Chatwal pled guilty to felony charges in the United States for illegally funneling nearly $200,000 in campaign money to federal candidates. Chatwal was brought up on conspiracy and witness tampering charges in addition to the charges for illegal contributions.
In 2006, Former President Bill Clinton attended the wedding of Chatwal's son, who was later arrested in a United States airport for attempting to travel with cocaine and heroin.
Other emails sent by Abedin that are contained in the recent release contain classified names of intelligence agency employees, according to the watchdog group.
Judicial Watch said that the emails show "further proof" of Clinton's wrongdoing as secretary of state.
"These new emails provide further proof that Hillary Clinton used her official office to provide special treatment for donors to the Clinton Foundation and members of the Foundation staff," said Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.
Fitton also voiced his opinion that the newly released emails put further pressure on Republican President Donald Trump to initiate a "serious investigation" into Clinton's email issue.
"The new national security material in these emails will increase pressure on the Trump administration to authorize a serious investigation of Clinton’s email practices," Fitton said.