The 'Abedin Emails' Deepen Hillary's Email Headache

They show how foundation donors got access
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2016 9:02 AM CDT
Email Scandal Will Dog Clinton Through Election
Hillary Clinton speaks to media as she meets with law enforcement leaders at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Monday brought more bad news for Hillary Clinton about her email trouble, with the revelation that the FBI had turned up yet another 15,000 emails from her tenure as secretary of state. The State Department has been ordered to review them and expedite their release, which likely means negative headlines through the election. Coverage:

  • "Regardless of Clinton’ double-digit lead in a number of key states, the discovery of 14,900 previously undisclosed documents could give (Donald) Trump 14,900 new opportunities to chip away at Clinton’s chance at the presidency," writes Abigail Tracy at Vanity Fair's Hive.

  • In a separate development, the conservative group Judicial Watch released 725 pages of State Department documents and emails that it says show how Clinton aide Huma Abedin gave donors to the Clinton Foundation "special access" to Clinton herself. The group's release is here.
  • USA Today looks at Judicial Watch's new allegations and reaches this conclusion: "According to experts, the emails confirm donors were gaining access to Clinton, yet there is no evidence she granted them special favors, an important distinction that may determine how damaging the controversy is to Clinton’s campaign." The story is here.
  • The Washington Post also takes a deep dive. "The emails show that ... the donors did not always get what they wanted, particularly when they sought anything more than a meeting." But they "illustrate the way the Clintons' international network of friends and donors was able to get access to Hillary Clinton and her inner circle during her tenure running the State Department." The story is here.
  • The Hill provides an example of the blurred lines between "official channels" and the foundation as Abedin and a foundation exec coordinated to arrange a meeting with the crown prince of Bahrain, who had already tried to secure that meeting through "normal channels." It's here.
  • Politico recaps the broad strokes of this "late summer scandal wave" here.
  • A Daily Beast columnist makes the case that it's time for the Clintons to shut down their foundation.
(More Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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