- JW Releases First Set of Numbers on President Trump Travel: Air Force One Costs for Two Trips: $1,281,420
- Court Rules State Department Must Release Clinton Emails Detailing Obama Response to Benghazi
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This week, federal prosecutors were given more reasons to prosecute Hillary Clinton.
We have released 894 pages of State Department documents that include previously unreleased email exchanges in which Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin sent Clinton classified information through her unsecure clintonmail.com email account. The Abedin emails also include repeated instances of Clinton’s detailed daily schedules being sent to top Clinton Foundation officials at unsecured email addresses.
The records were produced by the State Department from the non-state.gov email accounts of Abedin. The records were obtained in response to a court order from our May 5, 2015, lawsuit filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. -cv-00684)) for:
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.
The new documents included 29 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to at least 317 emails that were 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 emails show classified information was sent through the clintonemail.com account:
- In a December 21, 2009, email, Clinton top national security and foreign policy staffer Jake Sullivan forwarded an email to Clinton’s unsecured email account containing classified information heavily redacted under FOIA exemption B1.4(D) – “Information specifically authorized by an executive order to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy … Foreign relations or foreign activities of the United States, including confidential sources.” Clinton thenforwarded the email, concerning the climate change accord, from her unsecured email account to Abedin’s unsecured email account with the message, “Pls print.”
- And, on December 24, 2009,Clinton sent an unsecured email from HDR22@clintonmail.com to then-Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson. The classified email, asking Carson to “Pls review the memcon of my call w [French] FM Kouchener [Redacted].” Information in this message was blacked out using FOIA exemptions B1.4(B) – “Foreign government information” and (D).
The new Abedin emails also reveal four instances in which Clinton’s then-Scheduler Lona Valmoro forwarded the former secretary of state’s detailed daily schedule to top Clinton Foundation officials. In each case, those who received the schedules included Bill Clinton’s personal scheduler and Foundation aide Terry Krinvic, Justin Cooper, a then-aide to President Clinton who helped manage Hillary Clinton’s unsecure email system, and Clinton Foundation Director Doug Band.
The Abedin emails contain information sent from Clinton’s unsecured HDR22@clintonemail.
com account in which she reminds an aide that she is to have a talk with New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on “cybersecurity” and a reference to a “HRC Support Network”:
From: H [HDR22@clintonemail.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 03, 2010 4:10:34 PM
CC: Huma Abedin
Subject: Call list and HRC Support Network
These records reveal that on January 17, 2010, five days after the massive Haitian earthquake, former Bill Clinton aide Justin Cooper emailed Hillary Clinton’s then- Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, to ask if they can do a conference call to discuss Haiti. Clinton Foundation officials Laura Graham and Doug Band are also provided the call-in information for the conference call. (Author Peter Schweizer would later describe in his book Clinton Cash how the Obama administration, during Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, allowed hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer-funded reconstruction contracts for Haiti to flow through the Clinton Foundation.)
According to minutes of a January 27, 2010, senior State Department staff meeting, diligent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents uncovered “at least a couple pedophiles” attempting to adopt children in Haiti following the earthquake. The State Department was reportedly working with the Haitian government to expedite adoptions and removal to the United States of Haitian orphans.
These new emails show Hillary Clinton is a serial violator of various laws concerning the handling of classified material. The initial investigation into this criminal matter was compromised by Barack Obama’s corrupted FBI and Justice Department. This new information should spur new federal criminal investigations, hopefully under a new director of the FBI (see my comments for our friends at Breitbart on the disastrous FBI Director Comey here. )
JW Releases First Set of Numbers on President Trump Travel: Air Force One Costs for Two Trips: $1,281,420
As part of this accountability mission, we released records from the Department of the Air Force in response to Freedom of Information Act Request (FOIA) requests that show President Trump’s flights to Mar-a-Lago for two weekends (in February and March) cost $1,281,420.00.
According to the Air Force documents, the cost to operate Air Force One is $142,380 per hour. The Air Force records show a total of nine hours for trips from and . The latter trip involved a stop in Orlando where Trump met Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to tour a private Catholic school in support of school vouchers.
- On , Air Force One traveled 4.7 hours of flight time @ $142,380 per hour for a total of $669,186
- In March, Air Force One flew 4.3 hours at $142,380 per hour for a total of $612,234, which includes the jaunt to Orlando, an additional half-hour of flight costs.
From 2009, to the end of former President Obama’s term, JW tracked President Obama’s travel, resulting in a tabulation of at least $96,938,882.51 in taxpayer dollars for Obama family travel during his eight years in office. In fact, we’re still waiting on some of Obama’s travel numbers.
We’re pleased that the Air Force finally gave us some of the numbers for President Trump’s travel.
We’re preparing to go to court to get a full accounting of President Trump’s controversial trips.
Judicial Watch tracked some of the costs of President Obama’s unnecessary travel and we’re not closing up shop with a new administration.
This weekend, President Trump traveled to one of his homes in New Jersey and, seemingly responding to JW’s disclosures, highlighted in a tweet how going to stay in NJ is cheaper for taxpayers than visiting his home in mid-town Manhattan. It is good that, unlike the prior Oval Office occupant, he is at least showing some sensitivity on this issue and taking our advice to consider the taxpayer impact of any unnecessary travel.
STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau upgraded several of CLINTON’s emails to a classified level with a B(1) release exemption. [Redacted], along with [Redacted] attorney, Office of Legal Counsel, called STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau and told them they could use a B(5) exemption on a upgraded email to protect it instead of the B(1) exemption. However, the use of the B(5) exemption, which is usually used for executive privilege-related information, was incorrect as the information actually was classified and related to national security, which would be a B(1) exemption.
An agency’s deliberate withholding of a FOIA claim, either to gain a tactical advantage or, as appears to be the case here, to protect the agency’s interests and those of its former head, is “a motive undoubtedly inconsistent with FOIA’s broad remedial purpose …” It “counsels denying the Government’s request.”
Until next week...