When Will Hillary Clinton's 15,000 Emails Be Released? They Could Be The Fodder Donald Trump Needs
So, it looks like we are back to those "damn emails" once again (for those who remember the comment Sen. Bernie Sanders made during a Democratic primary debate). And it's a talking point that doesn't look like it's going anywhere, anytime soon. The emails in question, roughly 15,000 that were sent during Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State, have continued to dominate and envelop Clinton's presidential campaign. So exactly when will these new Hillary Clinton emails go public?
On Monday, Federal Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia scheduled a Sept. 23 hearing, which will be held to discuss the procedure and timeline for releasing her emails. The judge also ordered that the U.S. State Department review and consider releasing the 14,900 emails and attachments that were uncovered by the FBI when the organization was investigating her private server usage. Judge Boasberg is presiding over a number of lawsuits asking for Clinton's emails to go public.
The judge's order coincided with the release of 725 pages of emails and documents from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group. Judicial Watch has described the emails as revealing ties between Clinton's role as Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation, which would be a conflict of interest.
Doug Band, a top executive for the Clinton Foundation, seems to have been in contact with Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin regarding donor access to Clinton, according to POLITICO. One instance involved Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, who, in 1999, established the Crown Prince's International Scholarship Program. In 2010, $32 million had been earmarked for the Clinton Global Initiative scholarship program. The Kingdom of Bahrain had reportedly also given somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000 to the foundation, according to disclosures made by the Clinton Foundation website.
In one email sent in June 2009 as reported by POLITICO regarding the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Band wrote to Abedin, "Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday[.] Asking to see her[.] Good friend of ours." While no direct evidence suggests that such correspondents led to any political favors for top donors, it is a troubling issue as Clinton heads into the final stage of the election.
In response to this latest email batch, Clinton spokesman Josh Schwerin told POLITICO, "No matter how this group tries to mischaracterize these documents, the fact remains that Hillary Clinton never took action as Secretary of State because of donations to the Clinton Foundation."
As Clinton's campaign continues to push back against the criticisms regarding the Clinton Foundation and her usage of a private email server, the possibility of a release of the emails in advance of the Nov. 8 election could be just the fodder her Republican opponent, Donald Trump is looking for. And if the next batch of emails reveals further access between Clinton and foundation donors, it could spell trouble for the Democratic nominee.