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Thursday, September 01, 2016

Another Donor Email Seeking Another Favor; Huma Worries The "Problem Is She Keeps Emailing HRC Directly"

Last week we noted Trey Gowdy's interview on Fox News where he divulged that Clinton had used a software called "BleachBit" to permanently delete emails in a way to "prevent their recovery" and "hide traces" of their deletion (see "FBI Admits Clinton Used Software Designed To "Prevent Recovery" And "Hide Traces Of" Deleted Emails"). What got less attention in that post, however, was Gowdy's question of whether Clinton considered email correspondence with the Clinton Foundation and its donors to be "work related" or "personal".

There is increasing evidence that Clinton Foundation related email traffic was specifically omitted from disclosures to the FBI. Recent emails received under various FOIA requests have uncovered numerous Clinton emails, related to the Clinton Foundation, that were "mysteriously" absent from the "30,000 work-related emails" that were previously turned over to the FBI. That omission obviously begs the question of how Hillary could possibly consider correspondence with the Clinton Foundation and/or its donors to be "personal". Certainly Meredith McGehee, policy director at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, thinks “It would be a difficult argument” for Clinton to suggest that Clinton Foundation emails were "personal."

The latest example comes from McClatchy DC and involves another email exchange between then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and a large Clinton Foundation donor, Abigail Disney, who was looking for a favor. The email exchange in question was revealed by Citizens United and was among the emails received after winning a lawsuit related to their previously unanswered FOIA request. Oddly enough, this email exchange, and many others like it, were excluded from the "30,000 work-related emails" that Clinton originally disclosed to the FBI.

Turns out Disney, a Clinton Foundation donor to the tune of $100,000 - $250,000, wanted Hillary to focus more on women's issues at the next meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative. But Disney didn't go to the Clinton Foundation for help with her request she went straight to the Secretary of State. Per McClatchy DC, Disney's July 2012 email to Hillary included the following:

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