New emails show Huma Abedin expediting 'pay for play' schemes for Clinton Foundation
Documents obtained ifrom the State Department by Judicial Watch as part of a FOIA suit show that Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, facilitated meetings between Clinton Foundation donors and the secretary of state.
In several cases, the donors were forced to go through the Clinton Foundation to arrange the meeting after normal channels had denied them access.
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of “Clinton family matters.”
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
It appears that the Clinton Foundation set itself up as a reliable conduit to the secretary of state when donors were having difficulty elsewhere.
Also included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange in which Band urged Abedin to get the Clinton State Department to intervene in order to obtain a visa for members of the Wolverhampton (UK) Football Club, one of whose members was apparently having difficulty because of a “criminal charge.” Band was acting at the behest of Casey Wasserman, a millionaire Hollywood sports entertainment executive and President of the Wasserman Foundation. Wasserman has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation through the Wasserman Foundation.
Laughably, USA Today and other media outlets are rushing to Clinton's defense, saying the emails only prove "access," not "favors" done for the cash.
What else is a meeting with the highest-ranking foreign policy official in the United States government but a favor? Also to consider is the fact that regular channels on at least two of these pay-for-play incidents were blocked off, and the donor was forced to approach the Foundation as a last resort. It's textbook extortion.
The FBI turned over another 14,900 emails to the state department. Lord knows what's in those documents. If the contents are as damning as what's been revealed in just a few emails so far, the FBI may need to rethink its refusal to indict Clinton.