A politically conservative advocacy group called Judicial Watch released 44 emails yesterday that appear to reveal conflicts of interest between the Clinton Foundation and the U.S. State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
According to The New York Times, Judicial Watch requested the emails under the Freedom of Information Act in 2015. These new emails were focused on discussions that took place between Clinton’s aides and executives at the Clinton Foundation that seem to have bartered donations for access to State Department influence.
In one thread of emails, Doug Band, a Clinton Foundation official, spoke to Clinton’s aides at the State Department about a job for someone else. In the email, Band wrote that it was “important to take care of (redacted).” One of Clinton’s aides responded saying that “Personnel has been sending him options.”
Clinton’s campaign spokesman responded with a statement:
Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the Foundation’s work. They are communications between her aides and the President’s personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the Secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the Foundation.
Not surprisingly, GOP candidate Donald Trump’s campaign is seizing on the report. His national policy director, Stephen Miller, responded:
This is yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power. She views public office as nothing more than a means to personal enrichment—and every dollar she takes comes at the expense of the public welfare. This latest finding is an unseemly, disturbing window into a corrupt office, and yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton has been lying from the beginning—and by any reasonable definition attempted to obstruct the investigation of the FBI.