State Department Spox Elizabeth Trudeau Can’t & Won’t Answer Questions of Relationship between Clinton State Dept and Clinton Foundation (VIDEO)
STATE DEPT SPOX AT A LOSS FOR WORDS WHEN ANSWERING QUESTIONS REGARDING CLINTON STATE DEPT AND CLINTON FOUNDATION.
Watch the State Department cover up for Hillary Clinton. Fast forward to the 9:00 minute mark of the video below and watch Director of Press Relations Elizabeth Trudeau during her daily press briefing at the Department of State on August 10, 2016 twist, contort and bend over backwards in not answering the questions presented to her regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails and the inappropriate relationship between the Clinton State department and the Clinton Foundation.
She stated she couldn’t speak to specific cases, since when?
QUESTION: Right. I think she was trying to skip out before this came up. (Laughter.) But all right, so I want to ask you about one of the emails, and I know you addressed this briefly yesterday. One came from – that the critics have seized on came from Doug Band of the Clinton Foundation, asking Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills in an email to, quote – it’s saying, “It’s important to take care of” – and then the name is redacted, and he is obviously pushing to get this person a job in the State Department. And then Huma replies, basically, they’re working on it.
Can you tell us why the State Department redacted that name, and whether or not this person wound up getting a job or not?
MS TRUDEAU: Okay. Well, I can’t speak to specific case – cases. I’m also not going to speak to specific redactions. I will note though, broadly, the department regularly hires political appointees with a range of skill sets for a broad variety of jobs. It’s not unusual for candidates to be recommended to the department through a variety of avenues.
QUESTION: The –
QUESTION: Hold on, because that answer –
QUESTION: Let me just follow up, Matt. Sorry.
QUESTION: All right.
MS TRUDEAU: Hold on one second, and then I’ll get there, Matt.
QUESTION: The Clinton campaign is on background saying today it’s a – it was a young advance staffer, not a donor or a foundation employee. I guess I just – I need a little help understanding why this person’s name cannot be shared.
MS TRUDEAU: I can’t speak to specific cases, and I certainly can’t speak to comments from the – from the campaign.
QUESTION: Would it be wrong to assume that, then, that this is a case simply of nepotism or something like that? I mean, what – how are we then supposed to interpret what –
MS TRUDEAU: You – I can’t speak to specific cases, Justin.
Matt, did –
QUESTION: But it’s the State Department’s decision to redact those names, and nobody else’s decision.
MS TRUDEAU: Yeah. And I’m not going to speak to specific redactions nor specific cases.
QUESTION: Well, I’m just curious. Were you answering his question “was this person hired,” without getting into who it was?
MS TRUDEAU: Yeah, I can’t speak to specific cases or specific –
QUESTION: This is pretty – in fact, it’s pretty non-specific since we don’t know what the name is. It’s specific as to –
MS TRUDEAU: But you’re asking about a specific hiring action?
QUESTION: I’m asking if the person referred – if you know if the person referred to in this email whose name has been redacted ended up getting a job here.
MS TRUDEAU: I have no information to speak to specific cases.
QUESTION: But you just said –
QUESTION: But it’s –
QUESTION: In your answer to Justin, you said that the State Department hires from all sorts of places.
MS TRUDEAU: From all sorts of avenues. We receive recommendations from a variety –
QUESTION: But this person wasn’t hired, then?
MS TRUDEAU: I have no information –
QUESTION: Or was?
MS TRUDEAU: — on that specific case or any specific case.
QUESTION: But if the person is not named, then it’s not specific.
MS TRUDEAU: I think we’re parsing.
QUESTION: I –
MS TRUDEAU: More on Clinton emails?
QUESTION: No, it’s not really parsing. It’s – I mean, it – it’s specific to people who are non-career State Department employees who were hired after this email. That’s the universe. And the question is: Is this person referred to one of them?
MS TRUDEAU: Again, I am unable to speak to specific cases.
QUESTION: Well, how then can you disabuse us of the notion that there’s any impropriety here?
MS TRUDEAU: Because the department regularly hires political appointees with a range of skill sets from a broad – for a broad variety of jobs.
QUESTION: But why should we trust that’s – that that’s – why should we believe that that statement exonerates any – her – the Clinton – of any impropriety? I mean, we don’t know who it is. How then can we read that as it’s all good?
MS TRUDEAU: I’m just not going to speak anymore to specifics on this.
Do we have more on Clinton emails?
QUESTION: Yes, we do.
MS TRUDEAU: Of course, we do. Do you mind if I go to Abigail first?
MS TRUDEAU: Go ahead, Abigail.
QUESTION: Do you have any response to criticism by some that suggest there was a relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department at the time? There was an email that came out in this recent set that is between the – an executive at the Clinton Foundation and Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills where he is requesting to set up a meeting between a billionaire donor and the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. Do you have any response to –
MS TRUDEAU: So very similar to what I said before, I’m not going to speak to specific emails. However, I think you guys know State Department officials are regularly in touch with a wide variety of outside individuals and organizations, including businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, think tanks. The nearly 55,000 pages of former Secretary Clinton’s emails released by the department over the past year give a sense of the wide range of individuals both inside and outside of government that State Department officials are in contact with on a range of subjects.
QUESTION: So you don’t feel like this email or you don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department at the time?
MS TRUDEAU: We talk to a wide range of people, at my level, at various levels in the department – NGOs, think tanks, business leaders, experts on a variety of subjects.
QUESTION: But that’s not her – that’s not her question.
QUESTION: Except in this – and importantly, in this case, Secretary Clinton made a pledge that she would not personally or substantially in any way involve herself with the Clinton Foundation. So it’s not just any outside organization. It’s the specific organization that she said ahead of time she wouldn’t have contact with. So doesn’t that – doesn’t this, then, seem to violate that pledge?
MS TRUDEAU: So again, to reiterate, department officials are in touch with a wide range of individuals. I’d note that former Secretary Clinton’s ethics agreement did not preclude other State Department officials from having contact with Clinton Foundation staff.
QUESTION: Can you at least try to answer Abigail’s question, which was: Has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?
MS TRUDEAU: The department is regularly in touch with people across the whole spectrum, Matt.
QUESTION: That’s not the question. The question is whether or not you’ve looked into this – the building has looked into it and determined that everything was okay, that there was nothing wrong here. (MORE)