In the aftermath of one of the most memorable (c)october shocks in presidential campaign history, and down the final stretch in the presidential race which has just over one week left, Wikileaks continues its ongoing broadside attack against the Clinton campaign with the relentless Podesta dump, by unveiling another 701 emails in the latest, Part 23 of its Podesta release, bringing the total emails released so far to exactly 36,891.
In the latest, Saturday set, of emails Neera Tanden's comments revealed that according to her, "Sometimes HRC/WJC have the worst judgement" in involving the Bonner Group which has been accused of money laundering; another email hinted that Turkey president Erdogan was donating to Democratic candidates "including Hillary" to buy political favors, while Chelease Clinton continued to express her reservations about Teneo.
As usual we are parsing through the latest release and will bring readers the more notable emails.
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Now that it has been exposed in painful - for Doug Band and the Clinton campaign - detail, just how shady the fund flows and "quid pro quo" dealings were between Bill Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, and Doug Band's consultancy Teneo, the following email from November 12, 2011 from Doug Band to Podesta and Mill is particularly notable:
I'm also starting to worry that if this story gets out, we are screwed. Dk and I built a business. 65 people work for us who have wives and husbands and kids, they all depend on us. Our business has almost nothing to do with the clintons, the foundation or cgi in any way.
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An Apr 2, 2014 email from Podesta to Robby Mook, points out that Google's Eric Schmidt is "ready to fund" and wants to be "head outside advisor":
I met with Eric Schmidt tonight. As David reported, he's ready to fund, advise recruit talent, etc. He was more deferential on structure than I expected. Wasn't pushing to run through one of his existing firms. Clearly wants to be head outside advisor, but didn't seem like he wanted to push others out. Clearly wants to get going. He's still in DC tomorrow and would like to meet with you if you are in DC in the afternoon. I think it's worth doing. You around? If you are, and want to meet with him, maybe the four of us can get on the phone iN the am.
Another email from February 2015 suggests that Google is quite active in its collaboration with the Clinton campaign: John Podesta writes that Eric Schmidt met with HR "about the business he proposes to do with the campaign. He says he's met with HRC" and adds that "FYI. They are donating the Google plane for the Africa trip"
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A November 23, 2011 email from Clinton Foundation's Amitab Desai to Podesta and other Foundation staffers, reveals the details of the Clinton Foundation assisting lobbying of US government and HRC State Department for $50 millon cash aid for El Salvador. After laying out all the things El Salvador has done to obtain the funding, Carlos Rafael Urquilla Bonilla concludes by saying:
"I want to thank all your kind help to us. Let me know if President Clinton has received the Bishop Romero replica of the mural and also the letter from President Funes to Habitat?"
We question if cash also funnelled illegally into the Clinton Foundation in exchange for assisting US government funding to El Salvador.