New Emails Show Abedin Aiding Clinton Foundation Donors

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• July 17, 2017 2:15 pm


New State Department emails released by the watchdog group Judicial Watch reveal that top Hillary Clinton aid Huma Abedin assisted donors to the Clinton Foundation while Clinton was serving as secretary of state.

The emails, which include six that previously had not been turned over to the State Department, show Abedin connecting powerful Clinton donors to the then-secretary of state.

Clinton Global Initiative head Doug Band told Abedin in July 2009 to "show love" to Andrew Liveris, CEO of Dow Chemical, during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue forum. Liveris, whose company gave between $1 and $5 million to the foundation, was supposed to be introduced to Clinton.

Band also pushed Abedin to make a connection for Karlheinz Koegel, a major Clinton Foundation donor who wanted Clinton to give the "honor speech" for his media prize to "Merkel." In May, Koegel attempted to help Canadian donor Michael Cohl with visa processing, a request Abedin emailed to Clinton's "confidential assistant."

Band was even involved in State Department personnel matters. In May, 2009, he discussed a "career post" for someone in East Timor with Abedin. Later that year in August, he passed along the name of someone who wanted to be appointed ambassador to Barbados.

Band was not alone, however, in using Abedin to seek favors for foundation donors. In June 2009, Clinton's brother, Tony Rodham, passed along a letter from a Richard Park, who has donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.

Clinton donor Ben Ringel asked Abedin to help get an Iranian woman a visa to come to the United States in November 2009. "We need to get her clearance even only temporary to be with her granddaughter," he wrote.

Abedin forwarded Ringel's email to a contact, adding, "Can U help Monday with consular affairs?"

"Sure. Will look into it," Abedin's contact replied.

The emails also show at least five instances of lax security from the Clinton State Department. Classified documents are forwarded to private email accounts or, in the case of Clinton's sensitive daily schedule, forwarded frequently to Clinton Foundation officers, including Band.

"I'm not sure how much more evidence of pay for play, classified information mishandling, and influence peddling from Clinton's email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton of the new emails.

As the Washington Free Beacon has previously reported, this is not the first evidence that Abedin helped million-dollar donors to the foundation with political favors. Those emails showed Abedin helping one donor obtain access to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and sending emails containing the classified names of intelligence agency employees.