Judicial Watch released more than 700 new pages of State Department correspondence today. One of the exchanges shows Huma Abedin responding to a response from the Clinton Foundation’s Doug Band to set up a meeting for the Crown Prince of Bahrain. From Judicial Watch’s press release:
The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin…
Included among the Abedin-Band emails is an exchange revealing that when Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain requested a meeting with Secretary of State Clinton, he was forced to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment. Abedin advised Band that when she went through “normal channels” at State, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours. According to the Clinton Foundation website, in 2005, Salman committed to establishing the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) for the Clinton Global Initiative. And by 2010, it had contributed $32 million to CGI. The Kingdom of Bahrain reportedly gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And Bahrain Petroleum also gave an additional $25,000 to $50,000.
In the email exchange, Doug Band wrote, “Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday Asking to see her Good friend of ours[.]” Huma responded, “He asked to see hrc thurs and fri thru normal channels. I asked and she said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn’t want to be committed to stuff in ny…” That was on June 23. 2009, but two days later the story had changed. “Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc If u see him, let him know We have reached out thru official channels[.]” Abedin wrote in an email to Band.
Other email chains uncovered today include Abedin informing Hillary that billionaire S. Daniel Abraham (creator of Slim-Fast shakes) had called and wanted to meet with her. In the email chain (subject line: Danny) Clinton responded by asking if the plane would wait for her if she was late. Judicial Watch notes that “Danny” has donated $5-$10 million to the Clinton Foundation.