Emails show foun­da­tion shaped Clin­ton’s pol­icy

May have un­eth­i­cally fa­vored fam­ily busi­ness

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY STEPHEN DI­NAN AND S.A. MILLER

For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton’s emails re­veal how promi­nently the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion fac­tored into her think­ing as Amer­ica’s top diplo­mat, rais­ing ques­tions about where she drew the line be­tween of­fi­cial busi­ness and aid­ing the fam­ily char­ity run by her hus­band and daugh­ter.

In one in­stance, Mrs. Clin­ton ap­peared to try to steer a Haiti earth­quake re­cov­ery pro­ject to the foun­da­tion, ac­cord­ing to new emails re­leased this week as the State Depart­ment be­lat­edly com­plies with open records re­quests for her com­mu­ni­ca­tions dur­ing her four years in of­fice.

Another email shows Mrs. Clin­ton di­rect­ing a State Depart­ment em­ployee to han­dle so­lic­i­ta­tion of money from Nor­way for a pro­gram she was about to an­nounce in a speech at the Clin­ton Global Ini­tia­tive in 2010, and which was be­ing run by the United Na­tions Foun­da­tion, another non­profit cre­ated by Ted Turner that has close ties to her fam­ily’s op­er­a­tion.

The State Depart­ment last week re­leased more than 4,300 emails Mrs. Clin­ton sent from an ac­count she kept on an email server at her home in New York dur­ing her time in of­fice. The re­lease, the fourth and largest batch so far, has drawn scru­tiny chiefly for the amount of now­clas­si­fied in­for­ma­tion, which was in nearly 3 per­cent of her mes­sages.

But the emails are also giv­ing a clearer pic­ture of how she han­dled her job and, in par­tic­u­lar, her role as top diplo­mat, mar­ried to a for­mer pres­i­dent who had in­ter­ests of his own.

In one mes­sage, Chelsea Clin­ton, who was on the ground in Haiti, sent both of her par­ents her thoughts about U.S. gov­ern­ment pol­icy and her fa­ther’s role in the re­build.

At the time, for­mer Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton was the U.N.’s spe­cial en­voy to Haiti for re­cov­ery and re­con­struc­tion needs.

In another ex­change, Mrs. Clin­ton praised an idea to set up schools in Haiti, de­vel­oped by David Domenici, long­time do­mes­tic part­ner to top Clin­ton aide Ch­eryl Mills, who was her chief of staff at the depart­ment.

Ms. Mills, who served as a mem­ber of the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion’s board of di­rec­tors be­fore and af­ter her stint at the State Depart­ment un­der Mrs. Clin­ton, for­warded the ideas to Mrs. Clin­ton, who re­sponded en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

“Great ideas (no sur­prise). Let’s work to­ward solid pro­posal maybe to Red Cross and Clin­ton Foun­da­tion since they have un­en­cum­bered $,” Mrs. Clin­ton wrote.

The Clin­ton Foun­da­tion didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment Tues­day on the emails or on what be­came of the pro­posal. Records show the foun­da­tion would be­come a ma­jor player in the re­lief and re­con­struc­tion ef­forts, rais­ing more than $30 mil­lion.

The emails have be­come a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal prob­lem for Mrs. Clin­ton, the front-run­ner for the Democrats’ 2016 pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

The Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee said the real con­tents of Mrs. Clin­ton’s emails could be even more dam­ag­ing.

“But be­cause Clin­ton deleted more than 30,000 emails and then had her server wiped, we may never fully know the true ex­tent to which she jeop­ar­dized our na­tional se­cu­rity or mixed diplo­macy with Clin­ton Foun­da­tion fundrais­ing,” the RNC said.

The State Depart­ment, mean­while, has had to de­fend Mrs. Clin­ton’s han­dling of clas­si­fied ma­te­rial, say­ing that while more than 180 mes­sages now con­tain se­cret in­for­ma­tion, none of it was marked as se­cret at the time she han­dled it.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult for us, and I said this be­fore, to go back and to judge what the cir­cum­stances were at the time this in­for­ma­tion was shared and to make a judg­ment on whether that in­for­ma­tion was clas­si­fied at the time. It’s not a black-and-white is­sue,” depart­ment spokesman Mark Turner told re­porters Tues­day.

As sec­re­tary, Mrs. Clin­ton also had to make spe­cial ar­range­ments for how to han­dle busi­ness from the Clin­ton Foun­da­tion, which had in­ter­ests in many of the same in­ter­na­tional projects the State Depart­ment did.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Un­der Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton, the State Depart­ment had “a cer­tain non­cha­lance” about pro­tect­ing sen­si­tive data, a source tells The Washington Times. “We’re sup­posed to be mak­ing it harder, not eas­ier, for our en­e­mies to in­ter­cept us.”

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