Special treatment? Rajiv Fernando, a top donor to the Clinton Foundation, was placed on a top-secret advisory board with no security or intelligence experience.
State Department International Security Advisory Board is described by the State Department as providing it “with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy.”
Citizens United sued in federal court last week to compel the State Department to produce detailed records connected to Fernando’s appointment to the board, generally composed of former members of Congress, scientists and security experts familiar with intelligence matters, according to Newsday.
According The Right Scoop, When ABC News learned of Rajiv Fernando’s 2011 appointment, they sought him out at the 2012 Democratic Convention to ask him how he had gotten this appointment. But he got angry and threatened them with arrest if they didn’t leave.
Two days later he resigned from the board.
So why the report now? New emails released by the State Department in a lawsuit from Citizens United show that Cheryl Mills, Hillary’s Chief of Staff, added Fernando to the list. His name wasn’t on the original list, the email noted, but was added at the Secretary’s insistence.
The emails also show that when ABC News started asking the State Department about Fernando’s appointment, Cheryl Mills told the press spox to stall for 24 hours. The next day Fernando resigned.
Guess who refused to comment on the story? Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Watch the entire report below: