The State Department and a famous former federal prosecutor don’t see things the same way after emails recently made public show a Clinton Foundation official all but giving direct orders to a top Hillary Clinton aide while Clinton was secretary of state.
The emails, released by the advocacy group Judicial Watch, show Clinton Foundation official Doug Band telling Huma Abedin to find a job for an associate and also to give a top donor special treatment.
State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau said Wednesday that there was no official investigationinto Band’s giving orders to Abedin and former Clinton aide Cheryl Mills.
“We feel confident that all the rules were followed,” she said.
The State Department has closed the book on the issue, she said.
“I’m not aware of any review going on now,” she said.
Rudy Giuliani, the former New York City mayor who rose to prominence as a federal prosecutor who took down organized crime kingpins, said the emails show the need for an investigation.
“You have tapes that they were hiding that show that millions of dollars were given to Clinton Foundation, and the State Department did favors for those people that they knew had given millions of dollars,” Giuliani said Wednesday on Fox and Friends.
“That’s called illegal, it’s called criminal,” he said, adding that he believes the Racketeering and Organized Crime Act should be used to investigate the Clintons.
The State Department turned the new emails over to Judicial Watch as part of a lawsuit that the group brought under the Freedom of Information Act.
The documents included 44 emails that were not among those Clinton had earlier given to the State Department.
The messages, which date from early 2009, were found in a search of agency computer files from Abedin, who was a top adviser to Clinton at the State Department. She later worked at the Clinton Foundation and is now with Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The emails show Band pushed for a job for an associate. In one email, Band told Abedin and Mills that it is “important to take care of [redacted].
“Personnel has been sending him options,” Abedin replied.
In another 2009 email, Band told Abedin and Mills to connect Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon. Band told Abedin to call Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman to make the connection.
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