A conservative non-profit watchdog group released 378 pages of previously unseen emails Tuesday showing close connections between the Department of State and the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.
Citizen United obtained the 378 pages through Freedom of Information Act requests and litigation with the State Department. The new documents may provide a window into 15,000 emails the FBI found that Democratic presidential nominee did not disclose. Those emails will be released later this year, thanks to a federal court order.
In one of the documents made public Tuesday by Citizens United, Clinton aide Huma Abedin said major Clinton Foundation donor Abigail Disney was emailing the then-secretary of state directly. No Clinton emails sent to or received by Disney have been previously released, suggesting that they are among the 15,000 the FBI discovered.
“I wish I could delay her but the problem is she keeps emailing hrc [Hillary Rodham Clinton] directly and is quite anxious to talk so I don’t think I can push her and hear her out today,” Abedin wrote to Clinton Foundation employees Penny Abeywardena, Ed Hughes and Elsa Palanza.
Disney’s email to Clinton is included within the chain.
Disney was apparently interested in coordinating with the Clinton Global Initiative on women’s issues, the July 2012 email chain between Abedin and the foundation employees shows. Abedin deferred to the Clinton Foundation employees for advice.
The emails also reveal that Ukranian businessman, philanthropist, and major Clinton Foundation donor Victor Pinchuk was scheduled to attend a June 2012 foundation dinner at Clinton’s home. Meanwhile, a Clinton spokesman said Pinchuk was never on the secretary’s schedule, the New York Times reported in 2014.
“In July 2013, the Commerce Department began investigating complaints that Ukraine — and by extension Mr. Pinchuk’s company, Interpipe — and eight other countries had illegally dumped a type of steel tube on the American market at artificially low prices,” the Times reported.
The Commerce investigation began after Clinton’s tenure and had nothing to do with the State Department, a Pinchuk representative told The Times.
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