A new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department is requesting emails from Chelsea Clinton and other individuals from Hillary Clinton’s inner circle.
The Washington Examiner reported that conservative watchdog Citizens United filed the lawsuit in federal court Thursday. The suit requests emails sent from the name "Diane Reynolds," the pseudonym under which Chelsea Clinton operated an email account on Hillary Clinton’s personal website domain.
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The lawsuit comes just as Chelsea Clinton begins to play a larger role in her mother’s presidential campaign, launching attacks at Democratic challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and headlining an upcoming fundraiser at a SoulCycle studio in New York City.
The lawsuit seeks Chelsea Clinton’s email correspondences with top State Department officials, including Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, and Jake Sullivan. It also asks for messages between Chelsea Clinton and Kris Balderston, an agency official who helped Clinton steer money to a partner organization of the Clinton Foundation and tap into the foundation’s network of donors to fund a $61 million State Department project.
The suit further requests State Department records of emails from three other Clinton insiders, namely Clinton Foundation foreign policy director Amitabh Desai and aides Justin Cooper and Oscar Flores.
Chelsea Clinton served as the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation during Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state. She still works for the family foundation even as she makes increasing appearances on the campaign trail.
Citizens United has filed a number of FOIA lawsuits against the State Department related to the former secretary of state.