Friday, October 14, 2016

Hacked emails -- Part 4, Heather Samuelson

In an email from close Hillary's confidant Heather Samuelson, also known as the Clinton insider who screened Hillary's emails, we learn the intimate details leaked by Samuelson regarding a FOIA request by Judicial Watch, shows the internal Department of State process was being "monitored" by Hillary and her campaign staff.

Heather Samuelson, a lawyer and 2008 Clinton campaign staffer, worked under Mills and Clinton’s attorney David Kendall to sift through her ex-boss’ email messages. She helped separate those that were purely personal, which were not turned over to the State Department, from those that were work-related.

Samuelson received DOJ immunity in exchange for turning over the laptop she used during the review of Clinton’s emails in 2014.

Hillary confidants Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, got special treatment that would never be given to subjects in a normal investigation. 

The Obama Justice Department was never going to charge Hillary Clinton and her accomplices with crimes.
Mills and Samuelson were lawyers -- that was the Justice Department’s strange pretext for hiding potentially incriminating evidence against them, and against their “client,” Mrs. Clinton, which "had" to be shielded from investigators pursuant to the attorney-client privilege.

But neither Mills nor Samuelson was actually eligible to represent Clinton in matters related to the e-mails, including the FBI’s criminal investigation.

Even if they had been eligible, attorney-client communications in furtherance of criminal schemes are NOT privileged.

The Justice Department severely limited the FBI’s search of the Mills and Samuelson laptops, and severely limited the FBI’s questioning of Mills.

The following email shows that Heather Samuelson had advance knowledge of many details concerning what the Department of State was doing internally to redact (censor) and then turn over Hillary's emails BEFORE the documents were actually released to satisfy a Freedom of Information Act Request.

That is called collusion, and it is a crime.

From: Heather Samuelson []
Sent: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 10:53 AM
To: Maura Pally; Craig Minassian; Philippe Reines; Nick Merrill; Jennifer Palmier I
Cc: Cheryl Mills; Tina Flournoy
Subject: JW FOIA | WJC Speeches

"All --  DOS is soon releasing another round of documents and email traffic (not hers) in response to Judicial Watch’s FOIA request on DOS's process for reviewing WJC’s speaking engagements. 

It’s 116 pages with approx. 50 sponsor/subsponsor requests.   No objections by DOS in this batch, but some lengthy internal discussions among DOS officials that I highlighted below.

There is one request where speaking fee would have been paid by Turkish govt -- WJC's office declined this.   And one speaking engagement with fee from Canadian government, which he did do.

Let me know if you have any questions.

[Jen -- happy to give you more background on prior releases since it's your first go around]"


1) UNIQFEST / Turkey:  

There are 20 pages of internal, heavily redacted email traffic among DOS officials on request for WJC to speak at UNIQFEST in 2009 -- a climate change conference sponsored by the Turkish government with Turkish officials as featured speakers.  According to the traffic, WJC would receive compensation from “government and non-government sources.”

  -- WJC’s office decided to decline the invitation.  There is no final determination in the materials by the Department.

--  Some of email traffic has subject line  

“Clinton Foundation” and refers to this as request from “Clinton Foundation.” 

2)   Canadian National Exhibition:  

Email traffic indicates WJC’s compensation for this speaking engagement would come from the Canadian government via their program to promote tourism, “Industry Canada.”  

There is heavily redacted email traffic between DOS officials, including our Embassy in Canada, with several emails from WJC’s office asking for status update, at one point saying they only have “about more 30 minutes before we lose the offer.”  

--- Jim Thessin (Deputy Legal Advisor) responds: 

“I do not have a problem with this so long as President Clinton is not serving as a U.S. government at the time of his appearance and when he is paid an honorarium.   If not an employee, he may accept reimbursements of expenses and an honorarium for his speech/talk, but he may not receive any gifts from the Canadian government.”

--- HRC’s financial disclosure form indicates that WJC received $175,000 from Canadian National Exhibition for this speech on 8/29/09.

3)  CISCO:  

Request is submitted for WJC to speak at CISCO two months before HRC awards CISCO the State Department’s Award for Corporate Excellence, holding a ceremony featuring the CISCO’s CEO.    According to HRC's financial disclosure form, WJC received $255,000 for this speech.

4)  Other notable requests:  

    a.    Local foreign government:  

Terife Island Council (local government of largest island in Canary Islands)

    b.    Private Equity Firms/Banks:   

ICE Canyon LLC, VISTA Equity, Harris Private Bank, TD Bank Financial, Whitton Investment Groups (London)  

    c.    Foreign Based Organizations:  

Etisalat (UAE based telecomm co); Egyptian Junior Business Association; Friends of Cystic Fibrosis (Irish non-profit); Essex Regional Conservation Authority (Essex, Ontario); Wilbros Entertainment (Philippines, event to raise funds for Philippines charity); Miaor Entertainment Ltd (division of Grupo ABC based in Brazil); London Business Forum; Aditya Birla Management (Indian multinational conglomerate)

    d.    Universities:  

Southern Methodist, Tufts, American Jewish University

5)  GWB:   

Two requests are for events with Deloitte and Radio City Music Hall that are a joint appearance between WJC and George W. Bush.  WJC did the event with Deloitte, but not Radio City.