Hillary Clinton’s top aide says the Democrat front-runner for the 2016 U.S. presidential election is “often confused.”
A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed June 5 by the government watchdog Judicial Watch has revealed an email by Huma Abedin saying the former U.S. secretary of state is easily disoriented. The new documents were provided by the State Department Oct. 30.
Abedin: Have you been going over her calls with her? So she knows Singh is at 8? [India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh]
Hanley: She was in bed for a nap by the time I heard that she had an 8am call. Will go over with her.
Abedin:Very imp [sic] to do that. She’s often confused.
The watchdog released more than 35 pages of emails by Abedin, some of which include security breaches by telegraphing Clinton’s movements over the non-governmental Clinton server account “Huma@clintonemail.com.”
“Huma Abedin’s description of Hillary Clinton as ‘easily confused’ tells you all you need to know why it took a federal lawsuit to get these government emails from Clinton’s illegal email server,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in a statement released Monday. “These emails also show that Hillary Clinton’s and Huma Abedin’s decision to use the Clinton email server to conduct government business was dangerous and risky.”
The organization’s June 5 lawsuit was filed in response to the State Department’s delay in responding to a March 18 FOIA request seeking, “Emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through Feb. 1, 2013, using a non-‘state.gov’ email address.”
Electronic correspondences obtained by the nonprofit also highlight influence-peddling by Abedin on behalf of relatives and business associates.
“In the first instance, Abedin apparently worked with Teneo co-founder and Clinton Global Initiative official Doug Band to intercede on behalf of an individual seeking a visa. In the second instance, Huma Abedin received an email from her mother, Saleha Abedin (a controversial Islamist activist) who founded and serves as dean at Dar al-Hekma University in Saudi Arabia,” Judicial Watch reported.
Abedin’s mother sought help Dec. 11, 2011, securing a space at a “Woman in Public Service” event for the university’s president, Dr. Suhair al Qurashi. Clinton was scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
While Abedin’s statements may be politically damaging to Clinton, the Democrat candidate still must face mounting legal troubles.
The FBI has accelerated its inquiries into the security of Clinton’s home-made email system, Politico reported Nov. 10.
“This sounds to me like it’s more than a preliminary inquiry; it sounds like a full-blown investigation,” Tom Fuentes, former assistant director of the FBI, told the website Nov. 10. “When you have this amount of resources going into it … I think it’s at the investigative level.”
The State Department has used its review of Clinton’s emails to classify more than 400 messages that passed through her personal server.
Clinton maintains she and her staff did nothing wrong since the documents were not marked classified when they were originally sent or received.