Friday, July 1, 2016

Secret Hillary Clinton Meeting Calendar

The Associated Press (AP) first sought Hillary Clinton's meeting calendar and schedules from the State Department (SD) in August 2013.

After nearly two years of the SD ignoring the request, and even refusing to admit it had the materials, the AP sued the SD in March 2015.

The SD agreed in August 2015 to turn over Hillary Clinton's calendar, and provided the documents to the AP in November 2015.

After noticing discrepancies between Clinton's calendar and some other detailed planning schedules, the AP pressed in court for all of Clinton's planning documents.

So far the SD released only about one-third of those planning documents to the AP.

When the AP compared Clinton's 1,500 page official calendar with the detailed planning schedules (and remember that only 1/3 of the schedules have been released so far), what the AP found was stunning:

(1) Names of at least 114 outsiders who met with Hillary Clinton were missing from her official calendar,

(2) At least 75 meetings with longtime political donors, Clinton Foundation contributors, and corporate and other outside interests were missing from her official calendar, and

(3) More than 60 other events listed on the detailed planners were missing from Hillary's official calendar (they were called "private meetings" on the detailed planning schedules, with no names of anyone Clinton met with included).

No documents showed who specifically logged entries in Clinton's calendar or edited material.

But Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin's did hold weekly meetings, and emailed almost every day about Clinton's plans.

Clinton's official calendar was edited after each event.

Every meeting entry included both the planned time of the event and the actual time — proof that Clinton's calendar was edited after each meeting ended.

"It's clear that any outside influence needs to be clearly identified in some way to at least guarantee transparency.

That didn't happen.

These discrepancies are striking because of her possible interest at the time in running for the presidency."

       Danielle Brian,
                Executive Director 
  of the Project on Government Oversight.