Clinton Foundation asked Huma Abedin to facilitate Foundation business with State
New emails Monday show the Clinton Foundation using Huma Abedin to try to arrange meetings between thefoundation’s supporters and then-State Department Secretary Hillary Clinton.The crown prince donated $32 million to the Clinton Foundation. It does appear to have facilitated a meeting. This may explain why these communications were not part of the original State Department production.
In one exchange Doug Band, who headed the Clinton Global Initiative, asked Ms. Abedin to try to help with a visa for a soccer player from a British team, Wolverhampton FC. Ms. Abedin at first thought she might be able to speed up the interview, but then said she was worried about crossing lines.
“Makes me nervous to get involved but I’ll ask,” she told Mr. Band in one message obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative group that’s pushed to get a look at the Clinton emails.
“Then dont [sic],” Mr. Band replied to Ms. Abedin.
During the May 2009 exchange, Mr. Band also complained about the difficulty of connecting with Ms. Abedin through her confusing array of different email addresses.
“You have 50 email accounts,” Mr. Band wrote.
In another exchange Mr. Band appeared to be trying to learn inside information about appointments, asking who was going to be appointed ambassador to France or Italy. Ms. Abedin demurred, saying she wasn’t sure. Days later, President Obama appointed a top Democratic donor to the post.
At one point the crown prince of Bahrain had requested a meeting with Mrs. Clinton through official channels, but she seemed reluctant to commit.
Mr. Band emailed Ms. Abedin letting her know the prince was a “good friend of ours.” Mrs. Clinton ended up scheduling the meeting and Ms. Abedin said Mr. Band could alert the prince to the meeting — though she also said they’d let him know from “normal channels” too.