Since author Peter Schweizer published his blockbuster book Clinton Cash last year, detailing the relationship between the Clinton Foundation, the Clintons' now $100 million net worth and alleged quid-pro-quo donations for official access, there's been a slow drip of evidence showing the Clintons used the State Department as an extension of their Foundation.
Earlier this week new emails unearthed through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by government watchdog Judicial Watch show longtime confidant and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin granting special access desired by foreign leaders and activists to Secretary of State Hillary after they donated to the Clinton Foundation. Meetings with Secretary Clinton were requested, they were denied and rerouted through the Clinton Foundation. After hefty donations to the Foundation were made by individuals wanting a meeting with Clinton and meetings were granted.
"In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of 'Clinton family matters,' Judicial Watch detailed on its website Monday. "Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through 'normal channels' at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours."
Other people who worked through 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.
We also learned this week that half of the individuals who met with Secretary Clinton between 2009 and 2013 donated to the Clinton Foundation.
All of this brings us to July when Clinton said this:
Hillary Clinton in July: "There is absolutely no connection between anything that I did as Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation."— Liz Kreutz (@ABCLiz) August 22, 2016
Another lie in Clinton's long list of lies.
Earlier this week it was revealed the FBI found an additional 15,000 emails Clinton failed to turn over to the State Department upon her Departure in 2013. Those are expected to be released in the next 30 days.
When she left the State Department, Clinton deleted 30,000 "personal" emails from her private server. Could those "personal" emails have been about Clinton Foundation business and donations for access to her official office at the State Department? Based on the evidence we already have, there is little doubt that was the case.