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Hillary Clinton’s calendar during her four-year term as secretary of state is raising questions, not for its contents but for what it is missing.
A review of the calendar by the Associated Press revealed that at least 75 meetings with outside political and corporate interests, donors to the Clinton Foundation and longtime political donors were not recorded or details were scrubbed.
Details of the meetings in question were included in State Department files turned over to AP after it sued the government. The detailed records of Clinton’s daily meetings are not reflected in her official calendar however.
The omissions were uncovered when the AP compared the 1,500-page calendar with separate planning schedules that Clinton’s aides supplied to her each day. The review found 114 names of outsiders who met with the then-secretary of state were missing from the calendar.
The Associated Press reported:
“No known federal laws were violated and some omissions could be blamed on Clinton’s highly fluid schedule, which sometimes forced late cancellations. But only seven meetings in Clinton’s planning schedules were replaced by substitute events on her official calendar. More than 60 other events listed in Clinton’s planners were omitted entirely in her calendar, tersely noted or described only as “private meetings” — all without naming those who met with her.”
The discrepancies “simply reflect a more detailed version in one version as compared to another, all maintained by her staff,” Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Thursday.
Clinton’s calendar was edited after each event, the review showed, documenting events as they ended though it is not known who made the entries or the changes.
The AP sued the State Department in March 2015 following a two-year delay after seeking Clinton’s calendar and schedules, which the agency would not acknowledge that it had. The AP pressed for all of the planning material to be released after noting the discrepancies, but only one-third has been handed over so far.
One calendar entry omitted the identities of a dozen major Wall Street and business leaders who met with Clinton at a private breakfast at the New York Stock Exchange in September 2009. State Department planning schedules however listed those names, many of which had lobbied the government and donated to the Clinton family charity, AP reported. The event was closed to the press and her calendar had omitted names of guests like Blackstone Group Chairman Steven Schwarzman, PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and then-New York Bank of Mellon CEO Robert Kelly.
With an ongoing federal criminal investigation into Clinton’s private email system, the AP findings of calendar omissions only reinforce concerns about the honesty of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
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