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Clinton Ends August On A Low Note

- August 30, 2016

Rough Headlines And Scathing Editorials About Pay To Play Are A Bad Way To Head Into Labor Day


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • After a rough week, Clinton wraps up August on a low note with more bad headlines on pay to play at the State Department for Clinton Foundation donors.
  • Just this morning it was revealed that Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin was telling Foundation officials sensitive details about the national security precautions Department officials took when they were travelling abroad.
  • In a Friday night news dump, we learned that The Associated Press's years-long request for Clinton's State Department schedules, which were ordered to be released seven months ago by a federal judge, won't be released until after the election, fueling speculation that the Obama Administration is seeking to bury their contents.
  • We learned there are more emails from foundation donors seeking access that Clinton did not turn over to the State Department.
  • We learned controversial foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury was denied a visa to enter the United States because of suspected ties to Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah.
  • There was more evidence of Clinton's top aides doing favors for big Foundation donors through newly released emails from Clinton aide Doug Band.
  • As more and more questions swirl, Clinton has come under sharp scrutiny from the nation's editorial boards.

NEW STORIES CONTINUE TO SHOW THE CLOSE WORKING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLINTON'S STATE DEPARTMENT AND HER FOUNDATION

Clinton's Top Aide Huma Abedin Was Advising Top Foundation Officials Of National Security Precautions Taken While Clinton Was Traveling Abroad

Politico Headline: "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show" (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

Clinton Forwarded An Email Regarding A Lack Of BlackBerry Access While In Russia To Top Clinton Foundation Official Doug Band As Well As Other Top Clinton Insiders. "'Fyi for tues and wed. We won't have berries in russia,' Abedin wrote in a subsequent email, forwarding her message to top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band and others, including Hannah Richert, a director at the Clinton Presidential Center; Oscar Flores, manager of the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York, home; Jon Davidson, Bill Clinton's deputy chief of staff; and Justin Cooper, an aide to the former president whose name is registered as the owner of Clinton's personal server." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

  • Huma Added That They Would Not Be Using BlackBerries "For Security Reasons…" "Cooper responded to Abedin, asking, 'Are they taking them from u. Bc ur clintonemail.com shld work'. 'Its for security reasons,' Abedin responded. 'I don't want to use that one either'" (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

"The Latest Email Release Comes As The Democratic Nominee Faces Renewed Scrutiny Over The Relationship Between Her Family's Foundation And The State Department In Her Four Years In Office." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

During Clinton's Visit To Russia In 2009, Abedin Sent Emails Saying "They Would Not Be Using Their BlackBerry Devices In Moscow, Expressing That She Did Not Feel Comfortable Using Her Clintonemail.com Address…" "When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Russia in October 2009, top aide Huma Abedin wrote an email to other department officials advising that they would not be using their BlackBerry devices in Moscow, expressing that she did not feel comfortable using her clintonemail.com address in addition to her State account." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

New Emails Between Doug Band And Huma Abedin Reveal Special Favors For Big Clinton Foundation Donors At The State Department

ABC News Headline: "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show" (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

  • These Emails Offer "Fresh Insight On Contact Between The Clinton Foundation And Hillary Clinton's Inner Circle While She Was Secretary Of State." "A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

The 2010 Emails Reveal Top-Foundation Official Doug Band Emailing Clinton's Closest State Department Aide Huma Abedin About An Official State Department Lunch With The Chinese President. "In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for January 2011." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

Band Asked For Three Foundation Donors To Be On The List For The State Department Lunch; The Then-President Of UBS, The President Of The Rockefeller Foundation And The CEO Of Western Union. "On the list were three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation: Bob McCann, the then-president of wealth management at UBS; Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of Western Union. According to the Foundation website, the UBS Wealth Management USA has contributed between $500,001 and $1 million to the Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation has given between $10 million and $25 million, while Western Union and its foundation has contributed between $1 million and $5 million." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

  • Band Then Followed Up Two Weeks Later Asking For One Of The Foundation Donors To Be At The Vice President's Table, Abedin Responded: "I'll Ask." "Nearly two weeks later, Band followed up on email, specifically requesting Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden's table. 'I'll ask,' Abedin replied." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

New Emails Provide Fresh Evidence Clinton Didn't Turn Over All Of Her Emails, This Time Correspondence Between Foundation Donors And Clinton At The State Department

McClatchy Headline: "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over" (Anita Kumar, "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over," McClatchy, 8/30/16)

An Email From Clinton Foundation Donor Abigail Disney Was Not Turned Over To The State Department. "At least one email that was not among those Clinton turned over involved a request from Disney, a documentary filmmaker and philanthropist who had donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation. The email was obtained by the conservative group Citizens United, which obtained it through a lawsuit filed after its Freedom of Information Act request went unanswered." (Anita Kumar, "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over," McClatchy, 8/30/16)

This Email Correspondence Directly Involved Clinton. "A July 2012 email from Abedin to Clinton Foundation officials referred to an upcoming phone call with Disney, and it included the text of an email sent directly to Clinton by Disney and Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee." (Anita Kumar, "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over," McClatchy, 8/30/16)

The New Emails "Flesh Out The Access Those Donors Had And The Symbiotic Relationship Among The Clinton Foundation, The Clinton Global Initiative And The State Department." "Indeed, while newly released emails tend not to show evidence of improper actions by Clinton on behalf of donors, they flesh out the access those donors had and the symbiotic relationship among the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative and the State Department." (Anita Kumar, "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over," McClatchy, 8/30/16)

  • "They Also Raise Anew Questions Of Why They Were Not Turned Over By Clinton Voluntarily, And What Else Is In Remaining Emails Held Back Ostensibly Because They Were Personal." (Anita Kumar, "Another Clinton Donor, Another Email That Wasn't Turned Over," McClatchy, 8/30/16)

Controversial Foundation Donor Gilbert Chagoury Came Under New Scrutiny Following Reports He Was Denied Entry Into The United States For His Suspected Ties To Hezbollah

Los Angeles Times Headline: "He Was A Billionaire Who Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Last Year, He Was Denied Entry Into The U.S." (Joseph Tanfani, "He Was A Billionaire Who Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Last Year, He Was Denied Entry Into The U.S.," Los Angeles Times, 8/28/16)

As Of 2016, Chagoury Has Contributed Between $1,000,001 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/16/16)

Chagoury Came Under Scrutiny For Ties For To Hezbollah, According To A 2013 FBI Intelligence Report. "After Clinton left the State Department, Chagoury again found himself under suspicion by U.S. security officials. A 2013 FBI intelligence report, citing unverified raw information from a source, claimed Chagoury had sent funds to Aoun, who transferred money to Hezbollah." (Joseph Tanfani, "He Was A Billionaire Who Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Last Year, He Was Denied Entry Into The U.S.," Los Angeles Times, 8/28/16)

  • Chagoury Was Added To A "Database Used To Screen Travelers For Possible Links To Terrorism, Interagency Memos Show." "The source said Aoun was 'facilitating fundraising for Hezbollah.' The U.S. put Chagoury in its database used to screen travelers for possible links to terrorism, interagency memos show." (Joseph Tanfani, "He Was A Billionaire Who Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Last Year, He Was Denied Entry Into The U.S.," Los Angeles Times, 8/28/16)

Chagoury Raised Funds For A Lebanese Politician That Formed A Coalition With Hezbollah, Which The U.S. Government Declared A Terrorist Organization. "Chagoury has contributed to charitable projects there, advocated on behalf of the country's Christians and formed political alliances, including with Michel Aoun, a Lebanese Christian politician who served as army commander and prime minister during the country's civil war. For a decade, Aoun's party has been part of a political coalition with Hezbollah, the Shiite Muslim group backed by Iran that has seats in Lebanon's parliament. Hezbollah is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S., which holds the group responsible for the 1983 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut and a Marine barracks blast that year that killed 241 American servicemen. Drug Enforcement Administration investigations have also found that Hezbollah is in league with Latin American cartels to launder hundreds of millions of dollars in drug profits." (Joseph Tanfani, "He Was A Billionaire Who Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Last Year, He Was Denied Entry Into The U.S.," Los Angeles Times, 8/28/16)

CLINTON'S SCHEDULES FROM HER TIME AS SECRETARY OF STATE WILL NOT BE MADE PUBLIC UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION

The Associated Press Headline: "Clinton Calendars Won't Be Released Until After Election" (Ted Bridis, "Clinton Calendars Won't Be Released Until After Election," The Associated Press , 8/26/16)

Despite A Federal Judge Ordering The Release Of Clinton's Schedules Seven Months Ago, The State Department Says They Won't Finish Releasing The Monthly Batches Of Clinton's Schedules Before Election Day. "The government is telling The Associated Press it won't finish before Election Day releasing monthly batches of the detailed daily schedules showing meetings by Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of state. That comes seven months after a federal judge ordered it to begin releasing them." (Ted Bridis, "Clinton Calendars Won't Be Released Until After Election," The Associated Press , 8/26/16)

  • The Last Batch Of Schedules Is Slated For Release December 30, 2016. "The department has so far released about half of the schedules. Its lawyers said in a phone conference with the AP's lawyers that the department now expects to release the last of the detailed schedules around December 30, weeks before the next president is inaugurated." (Ted Bridis, "Clinton Calendars Won't Be Released Until After Election," The Associated Press , 8/26/16)

The State Department Did Not Respond To The AP's Request To "Hasten" The Effort To Turn Over Clinton's Schedules Before Election Day. "The AP's lawyers late Friday formally asked the State Department to hasten that effort so that the department could provide all Clinton's minute-by-minute schedules by Oct. 15. The agency did not immediately respond." (Ted Bridis, "Clinton Calendars Won't Be Released Until After Election," The Associated Press , 8/26/16)

THESE HEADLINES HAVE GIVEN EDITORIAL BOARDS PLENTY OF REASON TO QUESTION CLINTON'S ONGOING CONFLICTS WITH THE FOUNDATION

The New York Times Editorial Headline: "Cutting Ties To The Clinton Foundation" (Editorial, "Cutting Ties To The Clinton Foundation," The New York Times, 8/30/16)

  • The New York Times Editorial: "Does The New Batch Of Previously Undisclosed State Department Emails Prove That Big-Money Donors To The Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation Got Special Favors From Mrs. Clinton While She Was Secretary Of State?" (Editorial, "Cutting Ties To The Clinton Foundation," The New York Times, 8/30/16)
  • The New York Times Editorial: "But The Emails And Previous Reporting Suggest Mr. Trump Has Reason To Say That While Mrs. Clinton Was Secretary, It Was Hard To Tell Where The Foundation Ended And The State Department Began." (Editorial, "Cutting Ties To The Clinton Foundation," The New York Times, 8/30/16)
  • The New York Times Editorial: "If Mrs. Clinton Wins, It Could Prove A Target For Her Political Adversaries. Achieving True Distance From The Foundation Is Not Only Necessary To Ensure Its Effectiveness, It Is An Ethical Imperative For Mrs. Clinton." (Editorial, "Cutting Ties To The Clinton Foundation," The New York Times, 8/30/16)

The News & Record Editorial Headline: "Foundation Flaw" (Editorial, "Foundation Flaw," The News & Record , 8/27/16)

  • The News & Record Editorial: The Foundation "Gives The Appearance Of Having Two Big Problems: Bill And Hillary Clinton." "The Clinton Foundation may be a marvelous charitable powerhouse doing life-changing work around the world. But it gives the appearance of having two big problems: Bill and Hillary Clinton." (Editorial, "Foundation Flaw," The News & Record , 8/27/16)
  • The News & Record Editorial: " It Is Fair To Ask Whether The Foundation Leveraged Her Public Positions To Wrangle Large Contributions - And Fat Speaking Fees For Bill Clinton - From Foreign Countries, Corporations And Wealthy Individuals. " (Editorial, "Foundation Flaw," The News & Record , 8/27/16)
  • The News & Record Editorial: " It Was A Mistake For The Foundation To Raise Money From Foreign Governments While Hillary Clinton Was Secretary Of State And To Continue Doing So During Her Presidential Campaign. " (Editorial, "Foundation Flaw," The News & Record , 8/27/16)

Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial Headline: "The Pattern Continues" (Editorial, "The Pattern Continues," Las Vegas Review Journal, 8/27/16)

  • Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial: "If That's Not What Happened With Various Clinton Foundation Suitors While Hillary Clinton Served As Secretary Of State, Then It Appears Quid Pro Quo Needs To Be Redefined." (Editorial, "The Pattern Continues," Las Vegas Review Journal, 8/27/16)
  • Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial: "The Clintons, Of Course, Have Generated More Smoke In The Past Three Decades Than The Most Ferocious Western Wildfires." (Editorial, "The Pattern Continues," Las Vegas Review Journal, 8/27/16)
  • Las Vegas Review Journal Editorial: "The Pattern Of Behavior Is Extensive, Blatant And Clear. Don't Expect It To Improve If Voters Elevate Hillary To The Oval Office." (Editorial, "The Pattern Continues," Las Vegas Review Journal, 8/27/16)

Tampa Bay Times Editorial Headline: "Clintons Should Make A Clean Break From Foundation" (Editorial, "Clintons Should Make A Clean Break From Foundation," Tampa Bay Times, 8/26/16)

  • Tampa Bay Times Editorial: "There Is A Steady Drip Of Revelations About Overlapping Connections Between The Foundation And The State Department While Clinton Was Secretary Of State That Undermine The Declaration Before She Took That Job That There Would Be Clear Lines." (Editorial, "Clintons Should Make A Clean Break From Foundation," Tampa Bay Times, 8/26/16)
  • Tampa Bay Times Editorial: "They Also Reinforce The Findings Of Opinion Polls That Show Most Voters Don't Trust Clinton Or Believe She Is Honest." (Editorial, "Clintons Should Make A Clean Break From Foundation," Tampa Bay Times, 8/26/16)

Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial Headline: "It's Past Time To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation" (Editorial, "It's Past Time To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/26/16)

  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial: "As Painful As It Would Be, The Clintons Must Shut Down What Until Recently Was Known As The Bill, Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Foundation." (Editorial, "It's Past Time To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/26/16)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial: "It's Time For A Meat Cleaver." (Editorial, "It's Past Time To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/26/16)
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune Editorial: "If The Clintons Are Not Concerned About The Appearance Of A Conflict Of Interest, American Voters Should Be." (Editorial, "It's Past Time To Shut Down The Clinton Foundation," Minneapolis Star Tribune, 8/26/16)

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