Private emails show that top Clinton aide Huma Abedin approved meetings with the State Department for major Clinton Foundation donors. Judicial Watch first discovered the emails after filing multiple Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
The emails paints Abedin as a “middleman” between Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. According to Townhall.com, when individuals request meetings with Clinton, Abedin would deny the meeting, introduce them to the Clinton Foundation, the Foundation would accept a donation and then access to Clinton was granted. Abedin approve expedited access to Clinton for those who contributed $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
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.”
Other people who worked through Huma Abedin and her referral to the Clinton Foundation to get a meeting with Secretary Clinton include Slimfast tycoon S. Daniel Abraham, Hollywood sports executive and Wasserman Foundation President Casey Wasserman, St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie, political activist Jill Iscol and others. In an exchange between Abedin and Doug Band, a former adviser to the Clinton Foundation who co-founded Teneo Holdings — a secretive company that has enriched Clinton aides.
Band pushed Clinton to meet with the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain. Hillary Clinton had initially rejected his request, but after he asked again through the Clinton Foundation, the crown prince, who has donated more than $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative, was able to meet with Hillary Clinton.
The Abedin emails reveal that even U2’s Bono got into the act when former Bill Clinton aide Ben Schwerin, who helped set up the Clinton Foundation, urged Abedin to help the aging rock star broadcast from the international space station.
New Huma Abedin emails reveal Hillary Clinton State Department gave special access to top Clinton Foundation donors. Clinton has repeatedly stated that she believes that the 55,000 pages of documents she turned over to the State Department in December 2014 included all of her work-related emails.
In response to a court order in other Judicial Watch litigation, she declared under penalty of perjury that she had “directed that all my emails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or are potentially federal records be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.”