Some related documents show that foreign officials tried to curry favor with the State Department by donating millions to the Clinton Foundation.
The number is a major addition to the roughly 30,000 emails that Democratic presidential nominee’s lawyers deemed work-related and turned over to the State Department in December 2014, Justice Department attorney Lisa Ann Olson said Monday in court.
Lawyers for the State Department and Judicial Watch, the legal group, are negotiating a plan for the release of the emails in a civil public records lawsuit before U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg of Washington.
Also on Monday, Judicial Watch released 725 pages of State Department documents, including 20 email exchanges in which Clinton was a participant. More than a dozen of them added further evidence of a pay-to-play scheme in which foreign officials donated millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation and its Clinton Global Initiative in exchange for access to the State Department.
In one of the message chains, the Clinton Foundation’s Doug Band emailed Clinton’s aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, about a “good friend of ours,” Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain. He was “asking to see her,” Band wrote in June 2009.
The crown prince had already asked to see Clinton through “normal channels,” Abedin replied. “I asked and she doesn’t want to commit to anything.”
Clinton has come under fire for using a private email account and server at her home in New York for official emails when during her tenure as secretary of state.