Newly released emails show State Department ties with Clinton Foundation

Newly Released Emails Show State Dept. Ties with Clinton Foundation
Newly Released Emails Show State Dept. Ties with Clinton Foundation

The fallout from Hillary Clinton's email scandal continues, as a newly released batch of correspondence from her time as secretary of state raises questions regarding the nature of the department's connection with the Clinton Foundation.

Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch released 296 pages of emails, and according to the group, 44 of those pages were previously not handed over to the State Department during Clinton's tenure.

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Among the trove of information released, three emails point to possibly inappropriate connections between the State Department and people with ties to the Clinton Foundation.

In one case Doug Band, a top official at the Clinton Foundation, asks Clinton aides about finding someone else -- whose name is redacted from the email -- a position at the State Department.

In the email, Band tells the department that it is "important to take care of (redacted)." A reply email is sent to Band reassuring him that "personnel has been sending him options."

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Another email features Band ordering a linkup between a Clinton Foundation donor and Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire with the State Department's "substance person" on Lebanon.

"We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon," Band said in an email. "As you know, he's a key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp [sic]."

A Clinton spokesperson has responded saying, "Neither of these emails involve the secretary or relate to the Foundation's work."

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The Trump campaign is using this latest email scandal to fuel their main argument of Clinton as corrupt.

Trump's spokesperson released a statement on the emails, saying "This is yet more evidence that Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power... She views public office as nothing more than a means to personal enrichment."

The Clinton Foundation was not part of the recent investigation into Clinton's private server.