Another day, another Hillary Clinton email disclosure: More messages to be released – Los Angeles Times
Hillary Clinton’s emails are the gift that keeps on giving for her critics on the right.
Each week seems to bring another embarrassing disclosure and another reminder to Republicans that if they had a nominee not bogged down by his own problems, the emails could be a more potent political weapon.
On Monday, the conservative group Judicial Watch, which had sued the State Department seeking Clinton’s emails from her time there, released a fresh batch of messages disclosed as a result of its legal action. The emails shed yet more light on how the lines between Clinton’s work at State and her fundraising for the Clinton Foundation could get blurred.
One such email involved setting up a meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain, whose donations to the foundation would eventually total more than $32 million. “Good friend of ours,” is how a foundation executive described him in an email to Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s top advisors. There was talk of trying to arrange the meeting through “official channels.” But the foundation executive was lobbying for it separately on behalf of the donor — and he ultimately succeeded in getting the prince on Clinton’s calendar.
Clinton campaign officials said the exchange was hardly revealing, arguing there was nothing inappropriate about the meeting or the way it was arranged. But they will be dealing with many more similar questions in the coming weeks, with the potential of thousands of new documents getting released. Despite earlier assurances from Clinton and the State Department that all work-related emails from her time in the Obama administration have been disclosed, the FBI revealed in its investigation there are thousands more. They are within a batch of 14,900 documents the FBI turned over to the State Department. The agency told a judge Monday that it plans to start releasing those documents in mid-October, just weeks before the Nov. 8 election.
The judge signaled that such a timetable may be unacceptable and that he may order the department begin releasing the newly discovered messages sooner.
Clinton was dealt an earlier setback Friday when another judge ruled that Judicial Watch may question her as part of its legal action. Clinton has been directed to answer written questions from the group.
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