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August 28, 2015

Clinton Foundation Ties Crop Up in State Department Emails

A conservative advocacy group says State Department emails dating from Hillary Clinton's tenure suggest aides to the then-secretary blurred lines between government and Clinton Foundation business, CNN and The Washington Post report. Citizens United obtained the missives through lawsuits seeking State Department documents under the Freedom of Information Act.

They include a 2012 email from a Clinton Foundation adviser to a State aide about an Irish-American Democratic donor's proposal to set up a 501(c)(3) group called Friends of the Clinton Centre. The foundation aide asks if the charity would be restricted to supporting the center, a museum and conference facility in Ireland dedicated to peacekeeping work and named for former President Bill Clinton. The email was forwarded to and commented on by multiple State Department staff members.

Ms. Clinton's presidential campaign has been dogged by questions about potential conflicts of interest between her State Department stewardship and her family's charity, which she formally joined after leaving the Obama administration and left when she launched her White House bid.