The watchdog group Judicial Watch on Tuesday released another 276 pages of State Department documents that show the president of Libya's National Congress may have received a meeting with former president Bill Clinton in exchange for supporting the Clinton Global Initiative.
The documents released show that just two days after the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, President Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf sought to support a function of the Clinton Global Initiative during a visit to the United Nations in New York. The emails also show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, quickly approved the request, even after al-Magariaf's team expressed concern that it could look unseemly in light of the "odd timing."
Four days after al-Magariaf expressed his wish to support the support the Clintons' charitable fund, an advisor to the Libyan president emailed the Clinton Foundation's director of foreign policy, Amitabh Desai, who then emailed Mills "asking for a meeting with WJC [William Jefferson Clinton] next week." There was a subsequent lapse in emails, but later messages indicate that Clinton's team had no problem with the request. A Sept. 24 email to Mills from Desai said, "He had a v good meeting with Libya," a shortened reference to the meeting.
Previous documents uncovered by Judicial Watch have led to over 200 conflict of interest rulings related to $48 million in speaking fees that the former secretary of state earned related to her position and the Clinton Global Initiative. The countries involved to date have included China, Iran and Saudi Arabia, among others.
In January, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it was expanding its investigation into Clinton's use of a personal service during her tenure leading the State Department to include a look at the possibility of criminal public corruption charges related to the conflicts of interest being uncovered by Judicial Watch and other groups.