The Hill: Clinton aide arranged meeting with foundation donor

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    By Katie Bo Williams - 08/22/16 04:16 PM EDT

    The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Monday released a trove of Hillary Clinton’s email exchanges, some of which the group says show high-dollar Clinton Foundation donors receiving special access to the former secretary of State.

    In 2009, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin coordinated with Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band to arrange a meeting between Clinton and the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, which was requested by the crown prince.

    “Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday[.] Asking to see her[.] Good friend of ours[,]” Band wrote to Abedin on June 23 of that year, a Tuesday.
    Abedin replied several hours later that the crown prince had attempted to arrange the meeting through “normal channels,” but that Clinton “said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel.”

    Two days later, Abedin reached out to Band and said: “Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc[.] If u see him, let him know[.] We have reached out thru official channels[.]”

    Salman in 2005 established a scholarship program for the Clinton Global Initiative, committing more than $32 million by 2010, according tothe Clinton Foundation website.

    The exchange was part of 725 pages of State Department documents released by Judicial Watch on Monday, 20 of which the group said were not previously turned over to the State Department.

    Another exchange shows Band requesting that Clinton help smooth the visa process for a member of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, from the United Kingdom, who was struggling because of a “criminal charge.” The request came from Casey Wasserman, president of the Wasserman Foundation, which has donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.

    But Clinton’s office did not comply with the request. Abedin said it “makes me nervous to get involved but I’ll ask.”

    Band replied, “Then don’t[.]” The request never resulted in a visa, a spokeswoman for Wasserman told The Hill.

    The release comes as controversy continues to swirl around the Clinton Foundation. Republicans have long accused Clinton, now the Democratic presidential nominee, of engaging in “pay-for-play” practices while secretary of State.

    “These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement. “There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law.”

    The Clinton campaign has pushed back on the allegations.

    “Once again this right-wing organization that has been going after the Clintons since the 1990s is distorting facts to make utterly false attacks,” Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwerin said. “No matter how this group tries to mischaracterize these documents, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton never took action as secretary of State because of donations to the Clinton Foundation.”

    The Clinton Foundation will stop accepting donations from foreign companies and corporations if Clinton is elected in November, former President Bill Clinton said Monday.

    While Hillary Clinton is no longer involved with the foundation, Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton continue to appear at events. The former president has said that he would step down from the foundation’s board and stop fundraising if his wife is elected.

    In an open letter, Bill Clinton laid out the changes, saying they are intended to eliminate “legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest,” though he defended the organization’s work for environment, education and public health causes.

    On Monday, before the release of the emails, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trumpcalled for the foundation to be dismantled, saying it is the “most corrupt enterprise in political history.”
     
  2. zin Suspended

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    Add it to the pile of people who got favourable treatment and just happened to be big Clinton Foundation donors.
     
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    I anxiously await the half page post defending her.
     
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    It'll be from Drew. The same post muddled around slightly. I can see it already.
     
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    Hows Brexit working out ?
     
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    According to the FT and WSJ it's going ok. Currency felt it a little bit.
     
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    Read this:

    I really defy anybody to explain how this is, in any way possible, evidence of "corruption" or "wrongdoing" on anybody's part.

    Some guy reached out to a wealthy friend who said he had connections at the State Department sent an e-mail. Which didn't get acted upon. For good reasons.

    That's not corruption. That's, quite literally, the way the world works. That is, again - quite literally- the absolute opposite of corruption. That despite her charitable foundation receiving a generous donation; Hillary Clinton granted no special treatment to her donor's request.
     
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    Nice way to spin. Kudos.
    This is the problem:

    “Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday[.] Asking to see her[.] Good friend of ours[,]” Band wrote to Abedin on June 23 of that year, a Tuesday.
    Abedin replied several hours later that the crown prince had attempted to arrange the meeting through “normal channels,” but that Clinton “said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel.”

    Two days later, Abedin reached out to Band and said: “Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc[.] If u see him, let him know[.] We have reached out thru official channels[.]”
     
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    I am failing to see how that is a problem? Are we to act that no one ever has used an acquaintance to get an expedited meeting, or a job interview, or anything like that?

    Using connections is generally how things work in business and the world.
     
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    Bahrain is an important ally of the United States. It is home to one of our most vital naval facilities in the Persian Gulf.

    Are you really trying to tell me its a bad thing for the United States Secretary of State to meet with a figure in that country's Government?

    The only thing discussed in the exchange of e-mails is scheduling. And all that Abedin did was put the Crown Prince's request for a meeting into "official channels". In other words, she was doing her job; the way that State Department rules say such requests should be made.
     
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    We'll add it to the 73,625 other pages of "Let's all defend Hillary no matter what". Notice how it's progressed from "you can't prove it" ... "Ok, so you can prove it, but it was just that one time" ..."Ok, so it was many more times"... "Ok, so it IS what you think, but Trump is worse".

    I wonder if Hillary gets elected could she be the quickest impeached president ever? How long did it take to impeach the last Clinton? I wonder if they would hold up the Supreme Court Nom, until after the impeachment trial.
     
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    They wouldn't have to if Republicans in the current Senate would do their damn jobs. Something gives me the feeling the failure to confirm Merrick Garland will be one of the GOP's biggest regrets in years to come, that decision is going to haunt them.
     
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    NOPE, letting trump win will be the biggest one.
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    you overlook all the money going into crooked hillary's foundation.
     
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    Not with their supporters. I can't imagine any Republican that would change their vote based on keeping Garland out. The Republican supporters are actually very happy that this is happening. He's anti-gun, that's all it takes.

    Watch their support grow, there's little that'll motivate the Right more than gun issues. We need it for the upcoming "shotgun divorce".
     
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    Indeed. Those emails were between Doug Band of the Clinton Foundation and Huma. Official channels? clintonemail.com and Clinton Foundation are official channels? lol...
     
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    We'll see how happy they'll be when President Clinton nominates someone far more liberal than him and the Democratic Senate confirms him/her. Actually, Garland was a pretty damn moderate nominee on Obama's part.

    Oh well, Republicans have mastered the art of shooting themselves in the foot.

    That's.....kinda sad. But very telling.
     
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    AKA you gotta pay if you wanna play. That's how they became rich, selling government access to the highest bidder.
     
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    Am I corrupt if I pass on a job offer at my company to a friend?
     
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    You you sure Doug Band wasn't just talking about Yoga routines?

    Yoga.jpeg
     
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    depends on how many millions got funneled to your foundation :D
     
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    If you work for the government and they pay you, then probably. That would be pay to play.
     
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    Oh God... :eek:

    eta: Beat by JK
     
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    Anyone miss this?

    This sounds like unpredictable health issues, can we let someone who doesn't know they will be healthy enough to attend a meeting a few days in the future be president?
     
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    Oh good god, stop with the health issues crap.
     

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