“Pay to Play” Exposed at State Department

Emails from former Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin, recently released to Judicial Watch via the Freedom of Information Act, reveal the State Department engaged in “pay to play” exchanges of favors during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.

Judicial Watch claims the released documents show that the Clinton Foundation requested and received favors from the State Department.

The favors included visa or financial help for high dollar donors to the foundation.

Emails revealed that visas were sought and obtained for entertainment firms and a quarter million dollars was given under the guise of “public diplomacy” to a Russian-American foundation based on their support of the Clinton Foundation.

Fox News reports:

The emails show ‘what happened’ was that Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin obviously violated laws about the handling of classified information and turned the State Department into a pay for play tool for the corrupt Clinton Foundation,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, in a swipe at Clinton’s newly released campaign memoir “What Happened.” “The clear and mounting evidence of pay for play and mishandling of classified information warrant a serious criminal investigation by an independent Trump Justice Department.”

In May 2010, Clinton Foundation donor and developer Eddie Trump wrote to Doug Band, a Clinton Foundation official and former top aide to President Bill Clinton, forwarding a request for help getting the Russian American Foundation involved in a State Department program. Band forwarded the request to Abedin, asking if they can “get this done/mtg set.” Judicial Watch previously reported that the State Department paid more than $260,000 to the Russian American Foundation for “public diplomacy.”

In July 2009, Zachary Schwartz, an associate for donor Steve Bing, contacted Band requesting help on visas for Cuba for a film production crew from Bing’s Shangri La Entertainment. Band forwarded the request to Abedin asking her to call Schwartz “asap.” Abedin said she would. Bing reportedly donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.

Another instance was in September 2009, when chairman of futures brokerage firm CME Group and Clinton Foundation donor Terrence Duffy asked Clinton to help arrange “government appointments” in Singapore and Hong Kong. Clinton forwarded the request to Abedin, who said she would “follow up” with his secretary.

[…] Duffy reportedly gave $4,600 to Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, and his company reportedly paid Clinton $225,000 for a speaking fee.

One of the documents reflected the fact that debate questions were leaked to Clinton during the campaign, specifically prior to a 2009 Global Press Conference, according to Huma Abedin’s emails.

Case Button, one of Clinton’s speechwriters, wrote to Abedin asking if her mother could help him prepare a speech for Clinton at a women’s university in Saudi Arabia.

Abedin claimed her mother, Saleha Abedin, would have “good points for you.”

Why anyone, especially Democrats who see themselves as champions of women’s rights, would go to Saleha Abedin for advice is mystifying.

In 1996, Saleha wrote “‘Empowerment’ of women does more harm than benefit the cause of women or their relations with men […] By placing women in the ‘care and protection’ of men and by making women responsible for those under her charge. Islamic values generate a sense of compassion in human and family relations.”

“Among all systems of belief,” Saleha continued. “Islam goes the farthest in restoring equality across gender. Acknowledging the very central role women play in procreation, child-raising and homemaking, Islam places the economic responsibility of supporting the family primarily on the male members.”

In other words, Saleha believes women shouldn’t be in the workforce, society shouldn’t recognize them as independent adults, and their proper place is working for men in “homes” they have no property rights to.

She maintains that this is the best approach, not just for Islam, but for “all systems of belief.”

According to Fox News, Saleha Abedin’s advice for Clinton’s speechwriter isn’t surprising, considering her opposition to women’s rights.

Saleha Abedin told Button:

Do not use political terms such as ‘democracy/elections/freedom. Do not use the term ‘empowerment of women’ instead say ‘enabling women’ Do not even mention driving for women! Don’t sound sympathetic to ‘women’s plight’ or be ‘patronizing’ as other visitors have done and made the students extremely annoyed. They rightly consider these as in-house issues.

This bad advice would have been monstrously offensive to the Clinton team, if they didn’t have such low expectations for humanity in an Islamic country.

So far, no charges have been brought forward by the FBI in response to Judicial Watch’s “pay to play” findings.