WikiLeaks has released another batch of emails from the account of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair, John Podesta. On Friday, 1,800 emails were released in the latest leak, bringing the total count to 47,275. WikiLeaks had promised to release 50,000 emails before the election.
The hacked emails published by WikiLeaks have affected the Clinton campaign. With the recent spike in the release of emails, Hillary is mired in controversies in the run-up to the election.
WikiLeaks’ Clinton emails have given the general public an in-depth insight into Hillary’s political machine and alleged scandals. Trump’s campaign has used the opportunity to fuel the voter’s distrust of Hillary’s intentions. According to some of the recent polls, Trump has gained few points in past few weeks. Let us shed some light on the alleged scandals.
Clinton Foundation Scandal: Child Trafficking
WikiLeaks’ Clinton emails connect Clinton Foundation with a child trafficking ring in the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti. Laura Silsby, the former director of The New Life Children’s Refuge, was apprehended at the Haitian and Dominican Republic border with 33 children. She claimed all the children’ were orphans, which later turned out to be a lie.
Clinton Foundation had helped the traffickers get out of trouble. Huma Abedin had emailed Hillary Clinton several times informing her about the arrest of Silsby. One email also showed plans for arranging the housing and required finances. The email was titled, “After the wheels are off the ground.”
Although no direct emails are indicting Clinton Foundation or Clinton with the child trafficking ring, the keen interest, and direct follow-ups do arouse some suspicion.
Weiner’s Sexting Scandal
Recent WikiLeaks’ Clinton emails suggest that Hillary’s inner circle and staffers new about Anthony Weiner messaging a 17-year-old underage girl. John Podesta and another advisor, Neera Tander, were both aware of the investigation. Weiner had admitted to contacting the girl, who had openly expressed her love for him.
Anthony Weiner denied having sent any inappropriate messages to the underage girl. Interestingly, Weiner was married to Huma Abedin at the time when the alleged sexting took place. Huma Abedin is also under FBI investigation for mishandling of classified information while Clinton was in the office.
Clinton Foundation Scandal: Foreign Funding
Some Clinton emails from WikiLeaks describe a plan to use Clinton Foundation to charge huge fees for President Clinton or Hillary appearances to illicit multi-million-dollar donations from foreign governments.
Email between Clinton and Podesta indicate Clinton was asking Podesta to “bring pressure” on the Middle Eastern powers. One of the Emails also suggests that a $80 billion arms deal was signed with Saudi Arabia. It is no secret some Middle Eastern countries are supporting ISIS.
FBI is also investigating the funding of $120,000 by a Chinese businessman to Terry McAuliffe who is an ex-Clinton aide. John Podesta’s brother is also being investigated for advising a corrupt Ukrainian politician.
Messed up FBI Investigation
FBI Director James Comey told Congress that FBI was investigating Clinton’s emails. It came as a surprise to many as James Comey was heading the earlier investigation that had exonerated Clinton.
The latest WikiLeaks’ Clinton emails have given a new piece of evidence, which was the interaction between John Podesta and Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik. As reported on Fox News, the email read, “Heads up,” possibly indicating the investigation in Clinton’s email were about to begin.
Evidence suggests that new emails could prove charges of political corruption or lying to federal authorities in July when the case was closed. Some of the leaked emails suggest a plot to destroy evidence by withholding the emails.
FBI deputy director, Andrew McCabe, who was part of the investigation, has been accused of going soft on Clinton’s email investigation. WikiLeaks’ emails have pointed to McCabe’s personal connection to Clinton. Andrew was later asked to recluse himself from the case.
Clinton Foundation Scandal: Corruption
FBI is investigating Clinton Foundation for running a pay-for-play operation. The investigation is likely to lead to indictment unless the DOJ intervenes. Federal investigators have collected a huge amount of evidence, including the WikiLeaks’ Clinton emails.
The DOJ had asked FBI to stand down in a phone call made on August 12. This was before WikiLeaks started dumping Podesta emails revealing the wrongdoings of Clinton Foundation.
According to Wall Street Journal, the Department Of Justice is holding up the Clinton Foundation probe. Trump, in his speeches, has accused Hillary Clinton of far-reaching criminal conduct and cover-ups.
He said, “She engaged in corrupt pay-for-play at the State Department for personal enrichment. She lied to the FBI, and she lied to the American people many, many times.”