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Clinton Stonewalling On Questions About Intervening To Help Son In Law

- December 8, 2015

Clinton Asked Her Staff To Follow Up On A Request Forwarded By Her Son-In-Law To Help A Friend Seeking State Department Access To Discuss "Current Legal Issues And Regulations" That Could Impact His Mining Business. "I need a contact in Hillary's office: someone my friend Josh (and I perhaps) can reach out via email or phone to discuss SMS mining and the current legal issues and regulations." (Hillary Clinton, Email To Tom Nides, 8/22/12, State Department Release, 11/30/15, p. 48)

The Associated Press Headline: "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law" (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

Recently Released Emails Show That Then-Secretary Of State Clinton "Intervened In A Request Forwarded By Her Son-In-Law On Behalf Of A Deep-Sea Mining Firm." "As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened in a request forwarded by her son-in-law on behalf of a deep-sea mining firm to meet with her or other State Department officials after one of the firm's investors asked Chelsea Clinton's husband for help setting up such contacts, according to the most recently released Clinton emails." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

  • "The Lobbying Effort On Behalf Of Neptune Minerals Inc. Came While Clinton … Was Advocating For An Obama Administration Push To Win Approval For A Sweeping Law Of The Sea Treaty" That Would Have Benefited U.S. Mining Companies. "The lobbying effort on behalf of Neptune Minerals Inc. came while Clinton - now the leading Democratic presidential candidate - was advocating for an Obama administration push to win Senate approval for a sweeping Law of the Sea Treaty. The pact would have aided U.S. mining companies scouring for minerals in international waters, but the Republican-dominated Senate blocked it." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

Clinton's Intercession Into The Request Is Another Instance In Which Her "Family's Interests Cut Across Intersecting Spheres Of Influence." "Clinton's willingness to intercede as a result of her son-in-law's involvement is the latest example of how the Clinton family's interests cut across intersecting spheres of influence in American politics, commerce and charity." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

According To Federal Ethics Guidelines, Government Employees Are Warned To "Not Give Preferential Treatment To Any Private Organization Or Individual." "Federal ethics guidelines warn government employees to 'not give preferential treatment to any private organization or individual,' but there are no specific provisions prohibiting officials from considering requests prompted by relatives." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

A Lawyer For The Center Of Biological Diversity Called Clinton's Intervention A "Cause For Concern." "A lawyer for an environmental group opposing deep-sea mining said Clinton's action was 'cause for concern that the State Department might take any action that could encourage such activity.' Emily Jeffers, an attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity, a group opposing deep-sea mining, filed suit against Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration last May, accusing the agencies of failing to conduct comprehensive environmental tests before licensing Lockheed Martin Corp. to mine for minerals in U.S. territorial waters in the Pacific Ocean." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

The Clintons And Other Parties Named In The AP's Report Refuse To Answer Any Questions On The Alleged Quid Pro Quo

Clinton's Campaign Have Stonewalled The Associated Press Since November 30. "Clinton's campaign declined through a spokesman to discuss the issue, despite AP asking detailed questions about the matter since Nov. 30." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

Chelsea Clinton's Spokeswoman Remains Tight-Lipped. "Emails to a spokeswoman for Chelsea Clinton went unreturned." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

A Neptune Executive Has Not Replied To The Associated Press. "The AP attempted to reach Siklas and a Neptune executive, Josh Adam, by phone, email and in-person visits to their homes last week but received no replies." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

Eaglevale Won't Comment On Clinton's Son-In-Law's Role In The Deal. "A spokesman for Eaglevale said Mezvinsky would not comment on his role." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)

Neptune Minerals Has Yet To Reply To Three Phone Messages Left By The Associated Press. "The AP also left three phone messages with Neptune Minerals' office in St. Petersburg, Florida, and also left several phone and email messages with Hans Smit, the firm's current president, also with no reply." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Intervened For Firm After Request To Son-In-Law," The Associated Press , 12/8/15)


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