This week the State Department released documents containing several emails that were deleted from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s non-state.gov email system and recovered by the FBI. They were dated October 2012, near the end of her tenure, and contain praise for her testimony regarding Benghazi.
It is hardly praiseworthy, however, that these emails prove that Hillary or her lawyers deleted material that is responsive to federal court orders and congressional subpoenas. Clinton’s obstruction of justice is as plain as day.
The documents were released hours before the State Department’s midnight court filing deadline. The department had represented that it anticipated being able to produce these documents by September 8, 2016. At the same time, the department for the first time explained that the other emails it considers “duplicate” and which it is not producing contain metadata that was not previously produced.
We objected to the withholding of these records as they contain new information not previously produced and are responsive to our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Following our stated objection, the State Department changed its position and produced the records.
JW attorneys asked the court to have “State produce all remaining responsive records with the included metadata within one week – by Tuesday, September 13, 2016.” However, U.S. District Court Judge Amit P. Mehta decided that the issue will be best briefed a bit down the road.
The newly released documents were obtained through a Judicial Watch FOIA lawsuit seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s communications about the attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, during which U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith were killed. A second terrorist assault targeted a nearby compound, killing two government contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00692)).
After admitting in an August 23 court filing that it found documents that “satisfied the [Benghazi-related] search terms” of the new Clinton emails, the State Department proposed a rolling production schedule, “under which State would make its first production of any non-exempt responsive records subject to FOIA on September 30, 2016, and complete production no later than October 31, 2016.” Judicial Watch then asked the court that State make known the volume of documents remaining to be reviewed before it accepts whether the production schedule is reasonable.
This is only the beginning, as the Obama administration is due in court on September 23 to explain when it will produce the rest of Hillary Clinton’s undeleted 14,900 emails.
Top Clinton Foundation Executive Sought Diplomatic Passport
Late last week we released 510 pages of State Department documents containing emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that include a request in 2009 by Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band for diplomatic passports for himself and associates.
Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin responded to Band’s request positively, saying, “Ok will figure it out.” Band also sought and obtained special help from Abedin for seven-figure Clinton Foundation donor Chris Ruddy, of Newsmax.com.
The emails also show Hillary Clinton forwarding classified information to Abedin’s unsecured, non-state.gov account. Moreover, the emails show that Bill Clinton sought a meeting with State Department officials and Mrs. Clinton herself for a major Clinton donor and that he pushed for a joint event with the Clinton Global Initiative.
One exchange between Sidney Blumenthal and Hillary Clinton concerned the “disastrous nature of the Obama trip” and the U.S. being “totally out of the loop in Berlin – no ambassador” with the expectation that “Germans and Russians will now cut their own separate deals on energy, regional security, etc.….” This exchange had previously been published by the State Department, but it was unknown until now that Clinton forwarded this exchange containing classified information to Abedin’s unsecure non-state.gov account.
Blumenthal was exchanging classified information with Clinton, even though he was not a State Department employee but rather an employee of the Clinton Foundation.
The newly-released documents include 37 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date of such emails uncovered by Judicial Watch to 228 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department). These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.
The Band request was for a special diplomatic passport for himself and his associates – an unidentified “JD” and apparently Justin Cooper, formerly a key member of Bill Clinton’s personal office and the Clinton Foundation who has been linked to registration documents for and the shutting down of the email server at the center of Mrs. Clinton’s State Department emails controversy.
The Band-Abedin exchange went as follows:
From: Doug Band
The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations strictly limits the granting of diplomatic passports to members of the Foreign Service, their family members, or those working on U.S. government contracts. According to 22 CFR 51.3:
A diplomatic passport is issued to a Foreign Service officer or to a person having diplomatic status or comparable status because he or she is traveling abroad to carry out diplomatic duties on behalf of the U.S. Government. When authorized by the Department, spouses and family members of such persons may be issued diplomatic passports. When authorized by the Department, a diplomatic passport may be issued to a U.S. Government contractor if the contractor meets the eligibility requirements for a diplomatic passport and the diplomatic passport is necessary to complete his or her mission.
The newly released Abedin emails also contain additional instances of the Clinton State Department’s granting special favors to major contributors to the Clinton Foundation. A July 27, 2009, exchange of emails begins with Abedin advising Clinton scheduler Lona Valmoro that “wjc” (William Jefferson Clinton) wants special treatment for high-dollar Foundation donor and Dow Chemical’s CEO Andrew Liveris. Dow donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, making it one of the largest corporate donors in Foundation history.
From: Huma Abedin Huma@clintonemail.com
In response to our document release, the Clinton campaign sought to explain away the scandal by saying the diplomatic passport and Dow Chemical donor favor were part of humanitarian mission by Bill Clinton which led to the release of two Americans being held by the North Koreans. First, the “humanitarian” mission was widely criticized as an embarrassing sign of weakness to the criminal North Korean regime. Secondly, the Clinton Foundation and its donors were not supposed have an “in” with the State Department. Now we know that the Clinton State Department outsourced American foreign policy to the Clinton machine.
The Abedin emails also include a mid-August 2009, email exchange in which Band urges Abedin to follow up on a request from Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy to set up a meeting with then-Ambassador to Panama Barbara Stephenson on behalf of lobbyist Amb. Otto Reich, President Reagan’s ambassador to Venezuela who maintained high-level government positions during the tenure of both President George H.W. Bush and President George Bush.
In early September, Ruddy then was contacted by State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, Roberta S. Jacobson, at the behest of Band and Abedin, in reference to Ruddy’s concerns about Wilson Lucom, whose estate was embroiled in a heated multi-million-dollar lawsuit. Ruddy’s Newsmax Media Inc, made a contribution to the Clinton Foundation of between $1 million and $5 million. The emails show the responsible official was put in contact with Ruddy.
From: Christopher [Redacted](Note: Newsmax publishes a regular Judicial Watch column. )
The Abedin emails also include an email exchange between Sidney Blumenthal and the then-Secretary of State in which Blumenthal proposes a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in Ireland. Hillary Clinton forwarded Blumenthal’s email to Abedin, Cheryl Mills, and Doug Band saying, “I think this is a good idea and see no conflict.” Band then responded that he and Bill Clinton think it is as “great idea.”
Again, Hillary Clinton’s involvement in CGI violates her ethics pledge to stay of out of Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative business. Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton on January 5, 2009, in a letter to State Department Designated Agency Ethics Official James H. Thessin:
“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party….”In an email exchange in late August 2009, billionaire businesswoman Lynn Forester de Rothschild intervened directly with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to set up a Parade magazine interview for journalist Les Gelb, assuring Clinton, “He said he would give you a veto over content and looked me in the eye and said, ‘she will like it.’”
Abedin then instructed State Department aide Phillip Reines to proceed. Reines acquiesced responding, “Yes, we’re trying to find a date that works for Les, but he is a little, shall we say, picky.” Rothschild is a longtime Clinton Foundation supporter who in mid-May of this year held a $100,000-a-plate fundraiser for the presidential candidate.
Also in the documents is an August 2009 communication from Hillary Clinton to her aides Abedin and Lauren Jiloty asking for the phone numbers of Declan Kelly, Clinton’s former economic envoy to Northern Ireland who is co-founder and CEO of Teneo.
The idea that the State Department would even consider a diplomatic passport for Clinton Foundation executives is beyond belief. These emails show various violations of national security laws and ethics rules and further confirm that Hillary and Bill Clinton are personally implicated in the Clinton Foundation pay to play scandal.
This is the eleventh set of records produced for Judicial Watch by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Huma Abedin. The documents were produced under a court order in a May 5, 2015, Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) requiring the agency to produce “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.”
Huma Abedin’s email account is proving to be a rich source of details regarding Secretary Clinton’s flagrant abuse of her office. There are many more to come, as we expect at least two more productions before the end of October, with productions continuing until at least April, 2017.
U.S. Spends Another $10 Mil to Register New Immigrant Voters
The possibility of a rigged election has been much in the news lately. What the media haven’t reported as eagerly is the Obama administration’s persistent efforts, using your tax dollars, to corruptly influence the election. Our Corruption Chronicles blog has the story.
Months after the Obama administration spent $19 million to register new immigrant voters that will likely support Democrats in November, it’s dedicating an additional $10 million in a final push as the presidential election approaches. The money is distributed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Homeland Security agency that oversees lawful immigration, to organizations that help enhance pathways to naturalization by offering immigrants free citizenship instruction, English, U.S. history and civics courses. Officially, they’re known as “citizenship integration grants.”
Clean House Is National Best Seller
I encourage you to check out my new book, Clean House – Uncovering Our Government’s Secrets and Lies, which is now officially a national bestseller. Publishers Weekly, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post all list the book among the top 4 or 5 best-selling hardcover non-fiction books in the country! For some reason, The New York Times refused to put it on its famous bestseller list. Let’s make that happen next week!
I had the privilege of appearing C-SPAN’s Booknotes to discuss the book with Brian Lamb. The video and transcript are available here.
Please remember your purchase of Clean House will help JW directly and serve as your educational “field guide” to DC government corruption. Moreover, your purchase could help make it impossible for even the liberals at The New York Times to ignore our bestseller!
You can find the book here.
Until next week...
Friday, September 9, 2016
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