Donald Trump on Clinton Foundation, State Dept. Relationship: ‘It’s Illegal’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a chart as he makes a point as he speaks during his campaign event at the BB&T Center on August 10, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trump continued to campaign for his run for president of the United States. (Photo by
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Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton over the recently revealed emails from Judicial Watch, alleging they show a pay-to-play scheme between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department.

“It’s illegal,” Trump told more than 8,000 people at his campaign rally in Florida on Wednesday night. “I would imagine other things are going to be coming down the pike.”

“In one instance, top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band lobbied Clinton aides for a job for someone else in the State Department. In the email, Band tells Hillary Clinton’s former aides at the department — Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin — that it is ‘important to take care of (redacted),’ CNN reported about the recently revealed emails. “Band is reassured by Abedin that ‘Personnel has been sending him options.'”

CNN continued:

In a 2009 email, Band directs Abedin and Mills to put Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and Clinton Foundation donor, in contact with the State Department’s “substance person” on Lebanon.

“We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon,” Band wrote. “As you know, he’s a key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon. Very imp.”

“It’s jeff feltman,” Abedin responded, referring to Jeffrey Feltman, who was the US ambassador to Lebanon at the time. “I’m sure he knows him. I’ll talk to jeff.”

Trump used the emails to criticize his rival during his campaign rallies in Virginia and Florida on Wednesday, saying they suggest a pay-to-play relationship between Clinton Foundation donors and the State Department when Clinton was secretary of state.

“It came out that her people pay for play,” Trump stated Wednesday afternoon in Abingdon, Virginia. He added that the story was “really hidden from some of the major newspapers.”

“Some of them covered it big league, but some of them are just refusing to report the facts,” Trump stated, taking a swipe at the media, which he says is dishonest.

“I assume more stuff will come out,” he speculated about the pay-to-play allegations. “It’s illegal.”

“It’s very serious stuff,” he added, also referencing Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails. “I don’t know that it can be any more serious than that.”


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