Bahrain gave almost $200 Million to Clinton Foundation and got quick access in return
Huma Abedin repeatedly did favors for high-dollar contributors to the Clinton Foundation — including a foreign national with a criminal record that made her nervous.
The request involving the foreign national came from Clinton Foundation donor Casey Wasserman — a sports and entertainment executive who contributed between $5 million and $10 million — to Bill Clinton’s top aide, Doug Band, asking for “help” on May 5, 2009.
Wasserman forwarded an email requesting that a British soccer player “get an expedited appointment at the US Embassy in London this week” because he had “hit some road blocks” due to a “criminal charge.”
The email to Wasserman from his associate read: “The Wolverhampton FC is coming to Las Vegas this Thursday for a ‘celebration break.’ [Redacted] so he cannot get a visa to the US without first being ‘interviewed’ in the visa section of the US Embassy in London.”
Wasserman was informed that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) declined to help because of the pending criminal matter. So did Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio).
So Wasserman turned to Band, who wrote to Abedin.
“I doubt we can do anything but maybe we can help with an interview. I’ll ask,” Abedin told Band, 13 minutes after she received the request.
In a separate email, Abedin added: “I got this now, makes me nervous to get involved but I’ll ask.”
Band’s reply was curt: “Then don’t.”
It’s unclear what Abedin did after that email exchange.
The Abedin emails — released Monday by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch — reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state.
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.
- When Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with 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 the meeting was set up within 48 hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program for the Clinton Global Initiative. By 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
- On June 26, 2009, Clinton confidant Kevin O’Keefe wrote to Clinton saying that “Kevin Conlon is trying to set up a meeting with you and a major client.” Clinton wrote to Abedin, “Can you help deliver these for Kevin?” Abedin responded, “I’ll look into it asap.” Kevin O’Keefe donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
- On June 16, 2009, Ben Ringel wrote to Abedin, “I’m on shuttle w Avigdor Liberman. I called u back yesterday. I want to stop by to see hrc tonite for 10 mins.” Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
- On, July 6, 2009, Maureen White wrote to Abedin, “I am going to be in DC on Thursday. Would she have any time to spare?” Abedin responded, “Yes I’ll make it work.” White donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
- In June 2009, prominent St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie exchanged a series of insistent emails with Abedin. They concerned Aboussie’s efforts to set up a meeting between Clinton and Peabody Energy VP Cartan Sumner. Aboussie wrote, “Huma, I need your help now to intervene please. We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly six months. This is, by the way, my first request. I really would appreciate your help on this. It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick [Gephardt] and I because of our relationship with the Clintons.” After further notes from Aboussie, Abedin responded, “We are working on it and I hope we can make something work… we have to work through the beauracracy [sic] here.” Aboussie donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
- On May 16, 2009, mobile communications executive and political activist Jill Iscol wrote to Clinton, “Please advise to whom I should forward Jacqueline Novogratz’s request [for a meeting with the secretary of state]. I know you know her, but honestly, she is so far ahead of the curve and brilliant I believe she could be enormously helpful to your work.” Clinton subsequently sent an email to Abedin saying, “Pls print.” Jill and husband Ken Iscol donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton subsequently appointed Novogratz to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
Another email exchange between Abedin and Clinton shows a special favor for a top donor: a 15-minute meeting with Clinton, who delayed a plane to accommodate the big contributor.
“Danny abraham called this morning. He is in dc today and tomorrow and asked for 15 min with you. Do u want me to try and fit him in tomorrow?” Abedin wrote in a May 4, 2009, email to Hillary Clinton.
“Will the plane wait if I can’t get there before 7-8?” Clinton asked Abedin.
“Yes of course,” she replied.
Abraham, the Slimfast billionaire, donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Meanwhile, the FBI has found thousands of documents Clinton failed to turn over to the State Department when she stepped down as secretary of state — ensuring more legal trouble for the Democratic presidential candidate and further mandatory disclosures.
The FBI uncovered nearly 15,000 documents in its year-long investigation into Clinton’s private email server, the Washington Post reported.
The documents, which could include email attachments and duplicates, have been sent over to the State Department.
Bill Clinton emailed Clinton Foundations supporters Monday to say he’d leave the family charity if his wife wins the White House.
“While I will continue to support the work of the Foundation, I will step down from the Board and will no longer raise funds for it,” the former president wrote.
Other changes include: “The Foundation will accept contributions only from U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and U.S.-based independent foundations, whose names we will continue to make public on a quarterly basis. And we will change the official name from the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to the Clinton Foundation.”
From : New York Post