Damaging Emails and Conflicts of Interest Dog Hillary Clinton

Contradictory statements and emails suggesting improprieties continue to surface related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State. Several stunning revelations have occurred in the past few days.

Last week, Clinton began blaming Colin Powell, her predecessor as Secretary of State, for setting the precedent to use private emails–even though it is prohibited. Clinton said she was just following his lead. However, Powell gave a contradictory interview to People magazine, claiming, “Her people have been trying to pin it on me. The truth is, she was using it for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

For months, Hillary Clinton and leading Democrats have argued that she only did what her predecessors had done. However, none, including Powell, used a private email server in their own homes or deleted official correspondence.

Authorities say they have found 15,000 more work-related emails Clinton did not disclose. This is in addition to the 30,000 emails that have already been turned over.

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Clinton with Bahrain’s Foreign Minister, who gave $32 million to her foundation

One of those new emails is between Clinton’s top aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, and Doug Band of the Clinton Foundation. The email has Band asking that Clinton meet with an official from Bahrain. This may not have been in exchange for his $32 million donation to her foundation, yet no one from Clinton’s campaign has given a reasonable alternative explanation. Another email shows a person securing a seat on the Intelligence Advisory Committee in exchange for a donation.

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Cheryl Mills with Clinton

Phone records show that 148 messages were left for Clinton’s Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills from the Foundation’s Chief Operating Officer over a two-year period. This further suggests improper interaction between the State Department and the Foundation. Earlier this month, it was discovered that while employed by State, Mills traveled to New York to interview candidates seeking positions with the Foundation. The Clinton campaign says this was not done on the taxpayers’ dime or time.

Why this Matters: Clinton has maintained that she kept her duties as Secretary of State completely separate from the work of the Foundation. However, there is clear evidence of “pay-for-play,” or favors from Clinton in exchange for large financial donations to the Foundation. Most of the media has paid scant attention to this scandal, others say that it is simply a ploy by the Republicans to damage Clinton’s candidacy. Meanwhile, State Department spokespersons continue to maintain there was no harm, no foul in any of these actions.


Clinton’s Top Aide was Former Editor of Hard-Line Muslim Journal

 

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Huma Abedin with Clinton

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s top aide, was an assistant editor for the Journal of Minority Muslim Affairs during her time at George Washington University in 1996 to 2008. This Saudi-based, Saudi-funded publication featured radically anti-female views and promoted strict Islamic laws that are oppressive to women.

Abedin’s family members were also employed by the Journal; her mother was, and still is, editor-in-chief. Abedin was cleared to work for the State Department under Clinton at the highest level, according to a State Department spokesman.

Why this Matters: Other Muslim leaders at the top of U.S. government include John Brennan, head of the CIA, Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top advisor, Arif Aikhan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development for Homeland Security, and Mohammed Elibiary, Homeland Security Adviser.


Trump Softens on Immigration

Donald Trump entered the presidential race with a plan to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. After a meeting with Hispanic leaders in New York on Saturday, Trump signaled he would be softening that stance, saying his earlier plan is now up in the air. He claims he wants to come up with a fair, but firm, answer. Trump was supposed to give an immigration policy speech on Friday, but that has been canceled.

Why this Matters: This suggests he is reaching out to voters who are not in favor of mass deportations. However, his earlier position on immigration (and building a wall along the border with Mexico) has been extremely important to his voter base.

Continue praying for the election and for the truth to come out on all these major issues, especially the reality of the candidates’ truthworthiness and fitness for office.

Father, give Your people a thirst for the truth of the Word and for Jesus, the bread of life. Compel us by Your Holy Spirit to be informed and to be led as we prepare for the days ahead. Let your favor and mercy be towards those who are recovering from the flooding in Louisiana. We praise Your name!

Psalm 4:5 – Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

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