A heretofore undiscovered cache of Hillary Clinton emails does make one yearn to see the other emails that were destroyed or withheld.
The new batch of emails (released because of the tireless work of Judicial Watch) seem to show that friends of the Clinton Foundation could turn up at the U.S. Department of State as friends with benefits:
In an exchange from April 2009, a longtime aide to Mr. Clinton told three of Mrs. Clinton’s top advisers that it was “important to take care of” a particular person, whose name has been redacted from the document. That person had written the aide, Doug Band, under the subject line “A favor…” to thank him for the “opportunity to go on the Haiti trip,” which the person called “eye-opening.” Mr. Band was a chief adviser in helping Mr. Clinton launch the Clinton Foundation after leaving the White House.
Huma Abedin, a longtime confidante of Mrs. Clinton who is now working for her campaign, replied to Mr. Band: “We have all had him on our radar. Personnel has been sending him options.” Mr. Band responded: “Great.” Mr. Band was an important figure in helping Mr. Clinton set up his postpresidential career and has since co-founded a New York company called Teneo Holdings.
While at the State Department, Ms. Abedin received a special designation that allowed her to work at the agency while also doing outside work. During that period, she held two other positions, at the Clinton Foundation and at Teneo.
The story continues:
In a separate exchange, Mr. Band asked Ms. Abedin and Cheryl Mills, another top aide to Mrs. Clinton, to set up a meeting between a State Department official and a top donor to the Clinton Foundation.
“We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon,” Mr. Band wrote in April 2009. “As you know, he’s key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp.”
Mr. Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire, has donated between $1 million and $5 million to the foundation, according to its disclosures.
Ms. Abedin responded with the name of the State Department official, Jeff Feltman, who had served as a U.S. ambassador to Lebanon before becoming U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs. “I’m sure he knows him,” she wrote. “I’ll talk to Jeff.”
Fifteen minutes later, Mr. Band shot back: “Better if you call him. Now preferable. This is very important.”
Gilbert Chagoury, who has long been close to the Clintons, was also close to Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha. The connection helped him obtain contracts in construction and other fields of endeavor. He was a guest at Band's wedding in France in 2007 (as was Bill Clinton). He was also instrumental in arranging a 2003 Caribbean trip for which Bill Clinton was paid $100,000. Mr. Chagoury has an eye for a bargain: Mr. Clinton's fees began toskyrocket around (oh, let's see) 2009.
A Clinton campaign spokesman dismissed the story:
A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign said in 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.
In other words, if loyal aides did the work, the Clintons have clean hands–and besides, it was just a coikidinke that this favor seeker donated millions to the Clinton foundation.
There are good reasons for preserving the records of public servants and public agencies and it is quite possiblethat Hillary Clinton had good reasons for making sure that many emails relating to her tenure in Foggy Bottom not be subjected to public scrutiny.