New emails from Hillary Clinton released on Tuesday show her family-run Clinton Foundation tried to use her position as US secretary of state to gain access to the state department.
The emails, obtained and released by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch under the Freedom of Information Act, were hosted on a private server Clinton used while in office.
In one email exchange from 2009, a top foundation official wrote to secretary Clinton’s aides, saying it was “important to take care of” a particular person, whose name had been redacted.
This person had written an email to the foundation official with a subject line that said “A favor …”, and thanked him for an “eye-opening” opportunity to visit Haiti.
Another email from the foundation sought to put a billionaire donor in touch with the American ambassador in Lebanon in order to “speak to the substance person re Lebanon”.
“As you know, he’s key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp,” the email said.
The Clinton 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 (former president Bill Clinton, who was the effective head of the foundation) personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the foundation.”
Clinton’s emails from her days at the state department have cast a shadow on her White House race for 18 months now, and show no signs of going away.
Last week, before the fresh batch of emails was released, Clinton faced criticism for flubbing her reply to a T V interviewer about her statements on the issue.
“I may have short-circuited it and for that I, ah, you know, will try to clarify,” she told reporters at a news conference.