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Judicial Watch: The Clinton Email Scandal Just Got Worse



Judicial Watch released Wednesday 1,184 pages of documents handed over by the Department of State, including a number of previously unreleased email exchanges from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The release firmly established that Americans still don't know the full depth of Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official—and, many times, classified—business. The documents also reveal additional instances of Clinton Foundation donors being given "special access" to the then-Secretary of State.

Judicial Watch received the documents as part of the slow trickle of Freedom of Information Act compliance following a nearly two-year old court order. Among them are 29 previously undisclosed Clinton emails—bringing the total number of emails not provided in the 55,000 pages handed over to the Department of State at the end of Clinton's tenure to 288.

That we know of now.

"This further appears to contradict statements by Clinton that, 'as far as she knew,' all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department," the government watchdog stated in a press release. "Two of these emails are now available on the State Department's website.

"In a Feb. 2010 email exchange Jake Sullivan, then-Deputy Chief of Staff to Clinton, sent to Clinton's and Abedin's unsecure email accounts information that the State Department has classified as the material includes information 'to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy; foreign relations or foreign activities of the US, including confidential sources.' The redacted information concerns 'former GTMO [Guantanamo] detainee Binyam Mohamed' and Mohamed's request for 'various classified intelligence documents' that contained U.S. intelligence information related to his detention before he was taken to Guantanamo.

"In April 2010, Sid Blumenthal sent two email memos to Clinton containing information now classified. Clinton forwarded this material to Abedin's unsecure email account. The classified information, which Clinton asks Abedin to print off for her, concerns the change of government in the Kyrgyz Republic.

"In other emails, Clinton's 'final' schedules with specific details concerning her whereabouts were transmitted by Lona Valmoro to the unsecure emails accounts of Clinton Foundation officials Doug Band, Terry Krivnic, Margaret Steenberg and others, and forwarded to Abedin's unsecure email account.

"In a March 15, 2010, exchange, Band forwarded to Abedin a request for help from Philip Levine, who is presumably the mayor of Miami Beach. Reports said Levine had been a fundraiser for the Clintons since the 1990s."

For those looking for evidence of Russian tampering in the 2016 presidential election, or of "Russian connections" to the candidates, the new email trove won't disappoint. It reveals a number of unsuccessful efforts to set up phone meetings between Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

They also contain some behind-the-scenes glimpses of life in the Clinton inner circle.

A Feb. 23, 2010, email exchange details conversations about planning President Bill Clinton and Secretary Clinton's funeral arrangements. And a March 9, 2010, email exchange between Abedin and Band reveals tension between Clinton's top personal aide and her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills.

"These emails are yet more evidence of Hillary Clinton's casual and repeated violations of laws relating to the handling of classified information," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said. "The Justice Department should finally begin an independent investigation into the Clinton email matter."

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