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August 29, 2016

More Emails Between Clinton Foundation and State Dept. Aides Released

A new batch of email exchanges between former Clinton Foundation official Doug Band and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin released by the conservative group Citizens United show requests for seating arrangements at a luncheon, according to ABC News.

In a December 2010 exchange, Mr. Band and Ms. Abedin discussed a list of attendees for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled in January 2011. The list included three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the foundation: Bob McCann, who was then president of wealth management at UBS; Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, chief executive of Western Union. Mr. Band followed up two weeks after the initial exchange requesting that Ms. Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden’s table. "I'll ask," Abedin replied. A representative of Mr. McCann's said he did not attend the lunch, and a representative of Mr. Ersek'a told CNN he did not attend, either. Ms. Rodin’s office did not respond to a request for comment from ABC. 

In a January 2011 exchange, Mr. Band also passed on a message from Gerardo Werthein, a South American businessman who has donated more than $1 million to the Clinton Foundation, to Ms. Abedin. She instructed another State Department official to pass the message on to the U.S. ambassador to Malta, who was scheduled to meet with an associate of Mr. Werthein's.

The Clinton campaign and State Department said the emails contain no evidence of special influence or favors. Ms. Clinton has said the foundation will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if she is elected.