Pay to play is always good for free rides for the political elite. Judicial Watch’s FOIA request has uncovered a quid pro quo that exchanged access to the State Department for a free ride for Bill Clinton. Of course you will be told that there is nothing to see here. Just move along. Decide for yourself.
As Written By Ed Morrissey for Hot Air:
Ever wonder how to get a ride on a private jet? The Clintons figured it out pretty well while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, as the New York Times explains today. New e-mails emerging from a FOIA lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch explain how Bill Clinton got the use of Dow Chemical’s private jet by having the Clinton Foundation and Bill himself arrange a one-on-one meeting with Hillary for its CEO and major donor through Huma Abedin at the State Department.
It’s good to be queen, eh?
The emails released by Judicial Watch also include discussions about meetings between Mrs. Clinton and a number of people involved in major donations to the Clinton Foundation.
In one exchange in July 2009, Ms. Abedin told Mrs. Clinton’s scheduler that Mr. Clinton “wants to be sure” that Mrs. Clinton would be able to see Andrew Liveris, the chief executive of Dow Chemical, at an event the next night. Dow Chemical has been one of the biggest donors to the Clinton Foundation, giving $1 million to $5 million, records show.
Ms. Abedin arranged what she called “a pull-aside” for Mr. Liveris to speak with Mrs. Clinton in a private room after she arrived to give a speech, according to the emails, which did not explain the reason for the meeting.
In another series of e-mails, the Clinton Foundation’s Doug Band and Justin Cooper requested diplomatic passports for the same trip that Bill Clinton used the jet — the trip to Pyongyang to get the release of two American journalists held there. State ending up declining the request, and the Clinton campaign attacked Judicial Watch for highlighting the episode, calling it “a new low even for this right-wing organization that has been going after the Clintons since the 1990s.”
Yeah, well, all vast right-wing conspiracy accusations aside … why did the State Department and Hillary have to grant personal access to ….
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