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Aug102016

Donald Trump Attacks Hillary Clinton After More Emails Released

ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Trump campaign is responding to another newly released batch of emails belonging to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, calling it "more evidence hat Hillary Clinton lacks the judgment, character, stability and temperament to be within 1,000 miles of public power."

The conservative group Judicial Watch released 44 unseen emails Wednesday, totaling 296 pages — evidence it says of an inappropriate relationship between the State Department and Bill Clinton's philanthropic organization, the Clinton Foundation.

Judicial Watch obtained the documents as part Freedom of Information lawsuit against the State Department related to Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin.

"She views public office as nothing more than a means to personal enrichment," the Trump campaign said in its statement released Tuesday night. It goes on to call her "corrupt" and accuses her of obstructing the FBI investigation against her, which is now closed.

Judicial Watch sent out a press release highlighting two emails in particular, both from early in Clinton's tenure, and both from an attorney at the Clinton Foundation named Doug Band. In one email, Band asks Clinton's aides to find a job for an associate. The name was withheld from the document. "It's important to take care of [Redacted]," Band wrote to Clinton's top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin. Abedin replied that "Personnel has been sending him options."

State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau said in a statement to ABC News on Tuesday that the Department hires political appointees through a "variety of avenues" and suggested there was nothing unusual about this exchange.

In another email, Band asked Abedin and Mills to connect a wealthy Clinton Foundation donor to officials within the State Department, saying the Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire is a "key guy there [Lebanon] and to us." Band also suggested that Abedin introduce the donor to the former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey Feltman.

"Neither of these emails involve the Secretary or relate to the Foundation’s work," the Clinton campaign said in a statement early Wednesday. "They are communications between her aides and the President’s personal aide, and indeed the recommendation was for one of the Secretary’s former staffers who was not employed by the Foundation."

"State Department officials are regularly in touch with a range of outside individuals and organizations including non-profits, NGOs, think tanks, and others," Trudeau added in her statement.

State Department officials say these emails cover a widely known gap period, before March 18, 2009, where Clinton says her emails are missing due to technical problems she had with her email and record keeping. Some emails from that period have been recovered by State and the FBI, but not all of them have been made public. The State Department says it will do that eventually.

After reviewing Clinton's use of a private email account during her tenure as Secretary of State, FBI Director James Comey announced in July his investigators did not find any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
 
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