November 1, 2016

Top Five Podesta Emails Americans Should Be Disturbed By

The story of the presidential race over the last few weeks has been the new revelations about the culture of corruption surrounding the Clintons and their foundation. Recent stories have shown that staffers were aware about various ethical issues and even tried to profit off of them. They also show top aides knew and condemned Clinton’s handling of her email scandal.

Without a doubt, these latest disclosures from John Podesta’s hacked emails raise significant questions about Hillary Clinton’s ability to operate an ethical White House. See below for the top five Podesta emails that voters should be concerned with:

  1. Doug Band’s memo on the ability of Bill Clinton to personally profit off his connections confirms many Americans worst fears about the Clinton Foundation:

“When top Bill Clinton aide Douglas Band wrote the memo, he was a central player at the Clinton Foundation and president of his own corporate consulting firm. Over the course of 13 pages, he made a case that his multiple roles had served the interests of the Clinton family and its charity. In doing so, Band also detailed a circle of enrichment in which he raised money for the Clinton Foundation from top-tier corporations such as Dow Chemical and Coca-Cola that were clients of his firm, Teneo, while pressing many of those same donors to provide personal income to the former president.”

2. In 2015, the Clinton Foundation solicited a $12 million contribution from the King of Morocco, contingent on Hillary Clinton’s presence. When this conflicted with her presidential campaign, close aide Huma Abedin “vented” about the “mess” Hillary Clinton had made:

“And then, in what appears to be a rare venting of frustration by Abedin toward Hillary Clinton (at least in the thousands of hacked Podesta emails), she wrote this about her boss: ‘She created this mess and she knows it.’ Ultimately, Clinton’s aides prevailed upon her, and she sent Bill and Chelsea Clinton in her place. But this exchange about Morocco, first reported by The New York Post, is the clearest example yet in the emails posted by WikiLeaks of the type of arrangement that people find most, well, icky about the Clintons.”

3. The Podesta emails also show that the actions of the Clinton Foundation had Chelsea Clinton worried about the Foundation’s non-profit status:

“In the Dec. 2011 email, Chelsea Clinton told Cheryl Mills that the charity’s structure needed an overhaul in the interest of ‘protecting my father and the non-profit status of the foundation.’ Mills was Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department when Clinton wrote the email, and she’s now a board member at the foundation. At the time, Chelsea Clinton and a top aide to Bill Clinton, Doug Band, were sparring over the many conflicts of interest that he and other senior staffers had created by blurring the lines between their personal and philanthropic affairs.”

4. There were also a number of damaging pieces of information about Clinton’s email scandals in the Podesta emails. One email from Cheryl Mills seems to confirm that the White House lied when they claimed President Obama was unaware of Clinton’s private email use:

“In a March 2015 interview, President Obama said that he had learned about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state ‘the same time everybody else learned it, through news reports.’ But that assertion concerned aides of Mrs. Clinton, who knew that the president himself had received emails from the private address, according to a hacked email made public on Tuesday by WikiLeaks. ‘We need to clean this up — he has emails from her — they do not say,’ Cheryl D. Mills, a top aide, wrote to John D. Podesta, another senior adviser, on March 7, 2015.”

5. Finally, the newly released emails portray Clinton confidante Neera Tanden as harshly critical of the handling of the email scandal. Tanden remarked in 2015 that the Clintons never disclosed the private email because they wanted to get away with it:

“Podesta also expressed frustration with Mills alongside Clinton lawyer David Kendall and Reines, saying they “sure weren’t forthcoming on the facts here.” ‘I guess I know the answer — they wanted to get away with it,’ Tanden wrote.”