ABC: Newly Released Emails Show Unqualified Clinton Foundation Donor Appointed to Sensitive Intelligence Board


"A major donor to the Clinton Foundation was put onto a sensitive government security advisory board, even though he had no known experience in the area," according to reporting from ABC News regarding the latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails released. ABC also reports that after they asked questions, they were threatened and stalled. The very next day, the man resigned from the board.

"Members of State Department's International Security Advisory Board advise the country's most prominent figures on American nuclear strategy -- all have top secret security clearances. But in 2011, the Clinton State Dept. also added this man: Rajiv Fernando, a wealthy Chicago commodoties broker with no known connections to the national security world. What he was known for... was raising dollars for Democratic campaigns. He gave as much as $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation," ABC's Brian Ross reported Friday morning.

In 2012, ABC News approached Fernando at the Democratic convention -- Fernando became upset and asked how they knew who he was. "he became upset and we were threatened with arrest," Ross reported.

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The newly released emails reveal that after ABC News started asking questions in August 2011, a State Department official who worked with the advisory board couldn’t immediately come up with a justification for Fernando serving on the panel. His and other emails make repeated references to “S”; ABC News has been told this is a common way to refer to the Secretary of State.

“The true answer is simply that S staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,” wrote Wade Boese, who was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in an email to Mannina, the press aide. “Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.”

Mills, a former deputy White House counsel, was serving as Clinton’s chief of staff at the time, and has been a longtime legal and political advisor.

Four minutes later, Boese wrote to his boss, Richard Hartman, to alert him that Ellen Tauscher, who was then the Undersecretary for State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, would be meeting with Mills to devise a response to the ABC News request.

“Sorry this has become a headache,” he wrote.

Hartman wrote the next morning to say he would “come up and brief you... about where Raj Fernando stands and the ABC News investigative journalist inquiries. You do need to hear about it.” Separately, in an email to another official, Hartman noted that it was "Cheryl Mills, who added Mr. Fernando’s name to the list of ISAB nominees."

"The Clinton campaign declined to comment on our story," Ross reported. Fernando continues to raise money for the Clinton campaign and has given more than $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

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