A question of ethics

Hillary’s sidekick worked the Clinton Foundation for her despite signing an ethics agreement not to be involved

[By Alana Goodman, Daily Mail, Aug. 25, 2016]

imagesHillary Clinton knew her top aides were working with the family foundation despite her pledge not to be involved—and even hosted a dinner at her home for the charity when in office, according to emails released Tuesday by the watchdog group Citizens United.

Clinton’s closest State Department aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills (above) were in regular contact with foundation officials and closely involved in coordinating events, despite the ethics agreement that was intended to create a firewall between Clinton’s office and her family’s foundation.

While Clinton signed the agreement saying she would not be personally involved with matters relating to the Clinton Foundation, her closest staffers were bound by no such restrictions, according to the State Department.

Before taking office Clinton signed the agreement in which she said she would ‘not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which the William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party’ unless she applied for and received a waiver under conflict-of-interest laws.

In one email exchange, Abedin wrote to Clinton Global Initiative official Ed Hughes to discuss an upcoming conversation she had scheduled with a Clinton Foundation donor Abigail Disney.

Abedin said that Disney, who has contributed between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation, wanted to discuss getting Clinton involved in an effort to highlight women’s issues at a CGI event.

In another email, Clinton Foundation aide Dennis Cheng—who is currently the finance director for Clinton’s presidential campaign—emailed Abedin a list of attendees at a foundation dinner, indicating that it was going to be brought up during the secretary of state’s briefing the next day.

Abedin forwarded the message to other State Department aides with the message: ‘For her book tomorrow. Dinner at her house.’

The names on the guest list included long-time Clinton confidante Terry McAuliffe, then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Ukrainian oligarch Viktor Pinchuk.