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August 12, 2016

Top State Aide Helped Clinton Foundation Executive Search

The chief of staff for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took part in the Clinton Foundation’s search process as it hired a new leader in 2012, according to CNN. Cheryl Mills, a longtime aide to Ms. Clinton and a former foundation board member, traveled from Washington to New York in June of that year to interview two candidates for the charity’s top job.

The report comes on the heels of newly released State Department emails that show foundation officials reaching out to Ms. Mills and Huma Abedin, another top aide to Ms. Clinton, on behalf of a wealthy donor and someone seeking a post at State. Republicans have criticized what they term improper mingling of government and foundation business during Ms. Clinton’s cabinet tenure.

The Senate Judiciary Committee has sought information from the State Department on the 2012 trip. Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Ms. Clinton’s presidential campaign, said Ms. Mills paid her own expenses and volunteered her time to help the foundation, “as she has to other charities. … It was crystal clear to all involved that this had nothing to do with her official duties” at State.