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August 10, 2016

Emails Suggest Clinton Foundation Sought State Dept. Favors

A conservative watchdog group released a new batch of emails Tuesday that suggest close ties and overlapping interests between the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton-led State Department, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal report.

The messages, turned over by State to Judicial Watch as part of a freedom-of-information suit brought by the advocacy group, renew questions about whether the charity headed by former President Bill Clinton sought to give donors access to his wife’s office when she led U.S. diplomacy from 2009 to 2013. They include exchanges between longtime aides to Mr. and Ms. Clinton about foundation supporters with interests in U.S. foreign policy.

Ms. Clinton, whose run for the presidency has been shadowed by allegations of conflicts of interest during her tenure at State, has denied that the foundation or its associates received any favoritism. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said the documents appear to contradict a pledge Ms. Clinton made in 2009 to remove herself from Clinton Foundation business while serving at State. A Clinton campaign spokesman said she was not involved in the matters broached in the emails.