A new report shows that Hillary Clinton’s chief of state at the State Department forwarded information that has since been deemed classified to the Democratic presidential candidate’s family foundation. The revelation is raising new questions about whether Clinton Foundation initiatives affected State Department priorities while Clinton served as the nation’s top diplomat.
The collusion between State and the Clinton foundation was revealed in an email chain exposed to Politico by the conservative organization Citizens United.
Via the political news outlet:
Cheryl Mills — Clinton’s former chief of state at State — forwarded State Department background information about Rwanda and the Congo to the Clintons’ philanthropic organization. Citizens United, a conservative activist group, obtained the messages via a Freedom of Information act lawsuit.
Former President Bill Clinton was visiting Africa, including Rwanda, around the time that Mills sent the email, which was mostly redacted. Former president Clinton was also considering giving Rwandan President Paul Kagame a plenary role at the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the emails.
“Fyi for [Bill] since he is in contact w/Kagame,” Mills wrote in an email chain dated July 28, 2012, forwarding to the foundation a message originally written to State employees under the subject “Developments in the Eastern Congo.”
“Thanks,” Ami Desai, the foundation’s director of foreign policy, wrote back. “He has been talking about giving Kagame a plenary role at CGI.”
Mills, Clinton and other State Department officials have argued that there was no wrongdoing because information from the emails in question wasn’t made classified until this summer due to national security and foreign policy concerns.
Still, Clinton watchers remain concerned that her State Department tenure was used to build political clout for her family’s foundation.
Mills plays a key role in these concerns, considering that she was a member of the Clinton Foundation’s board both before and after her time at the State Department. According to the emails Citizens United has uncovered, there’s also ample evidence that Mills also served in an advisory role for the foundation while on the State Department payroll.
“The fact that these two email chains — which are now classified — were sent only 16 days apart, makes it appear as if the sharing of sensitive government information with the Clinton Foundation was a regular occurrence,” David Bossie, president of Citizens United, said in a statement. “Time will tell as more emails become public.”
More emails are on the way, thanks to a federal judge’s order Tuesday that the State Department hand over all communications between Mills and the Clinton Foundation within the next two weeks.
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