A trove of newly release emails show a more links between Clinton Foundation officials and Hillary Clinton’s top aides when she was Secretary of State.
The emails, which were released as part of a Freedom of Information lawsuit from Citizens United and shared exclusively with ABC News, contain purported evidence that Foundation donors received special treatment from the State Department while Hillary was at the helm.
In one email from 2010 top Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, who previously worked as an assistant editor for a radical Muslim news journal that blamed America for the attacks of 9/11, was given a list of names that suggested who should be invited to a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2011, by former top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band, ABC News reported.
On the list were three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation: Bob McCann, the then-president of wealth management at UBS; Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of Western Union.
According to the Foundation website, the UBS Wealth Management USA has contributed between $500,001 and $1 million to the Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation has given between $10 million and $25 million, while Western Union and its foundation has contributed between $1 million and $5 million.
Nearly two weeks later, Band followed up on email, specifically requesting Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden’s table. “I’ll ask,” Abedin replied.
In a separate exchange, Abedin forwarded to Band — outside the State Department — an attachment entitled “Updated China RSVP Guest List 1-5-11.” The attachment was not included in the documents received by ABC, but suggests sharing of information ahead of a state visit by President Hu Jintao in late January 2011.
Other emails showed Band sent Abedin personal requests from other Foundation donors.
In 2011 Band forwarded Abedin an email from South American businessman Gerardo Werthein, who had donated in excess of $1 million to the Foundation, and asked her to deliver a message to the U.S. ambassador to Malta for him.
Band’s email referred to Werthein as a “great friend” and “big supporter.”
Citizens United President David Bossie celebrated the release of the new information as a triumph.
“After more than two years of Freedom of Information Act requests and lengthy litigation, the truth is finally coming out,” he said in a statement. “Hillary Clinton’s senior staff at the State Department routinely worked with the Clinton Foundation to reward big donors with special access and favors for four years.”
Band declined ABC News’ request for comment.
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