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NBC: Court Hearings in Clinton Email Cases Set for February

A federal judge on Tuesday set hearings for February in two lawsuits involving the private email system used by Hillary Clinton when she was secretary of state.

The schedule, in two of the higher profile cases, assures that the legal wrangling over the email issue, which has dogged Clinton's 2016 Democratic presidential campaign, will continue for at least several more months.

And then the appeals could start.

They are two of more than three dozen Freedom of Information Act request lawsuits now in various stages in federal court. In one, the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch seeks information involving an employment arrangement that allowed top Clinton aide Huma Abedin to do outside consulting while working at the State Department.

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Citizens United Scores A Big Win for Transparency Today

Citizens United President David N. Bossie Statement:

The public has a right to inspect these important documents in a timely manner and that’s what today’s ruling provides. If it weren’t for our FOIAs and subsequent lawsuits these records would remain exactly where Hillary Clinton wants them – in the shadows.

In government, sunlight is always the best disinfectant.


55 Conservative Leaders Release Vision For New Congressional Leadership Letter

Washington, DC – Today, 55 conservative leaders from across America signed the open letter entitled “Vision For New Conservative Leadership.”


View the full letter.

Republican leaders have a responsibility to better align their party’s policy stances with founding American principles, the U.S. Constitution, and the will and consent of the American people against the threats facing this nation right now. Congressional leaders represent more than merely the internal majority of their respective chambers. They become national leaders of the entire Republican Party and, when in the majority, the citizens of every state. This is the essence of self-government.

Failed leadership has profound consequences on our culture, our children, our prosperity, our security and consequently, spreads defeatism.

A recent Gallup poll shows half the nation, Democrats and Republicans, believes the federal government poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. There is bipartisan agreement that the government we now have has failed.

The overwhelming majority of Republicans now believe congressional leaders care more about special interests than the country’s interest, causing the disaffection of millions of citizens. The Republican Party has become an empty vessel, instead of broadening the Party’s appeal through demonstrated contrast with liberal policies and a robust defense of American exceptionalism. Conservatives expect party leaders to place the nation’s interests before their own re-election, especially at this time in our nation’s history.

We call for statesmen with the humility and capacity to act in the best interests of those who understand what is at stake in our times, and to govern with truth, principles and selflessness. We do not need to elevate career politicians who protect their power with political gamesmanship, show votes, self-interest and ineffective oversight.

Republicans, squandering their landslide 2014 victory, have failed to use their powers to stop the big-government, big-business agenda dominating Washington backrooms. They failed to listen to us, calling many patriots names, just as liberals hoped. This caused the division on display now. Surrendering to and accommodating the growing-government agenda, just to get re-elected, is not why Republicans were granted majorities in both houses of Congress last year.

10 things Americans Want from New Congressional Leadership:

1. We want a conservative vision and strategy for a prosperous future that frames a contrast with the failed progressive, liberal policies of President Obama and the Left. We want strategies that include passionate, effective messaging for getting important legislation inserted into must-pass bills, using outside allies and all possible resources.

2. We want a unified, more effective messaging strategy that moves members and allies to go on offense together over the biggest threats to the nation. We want leaders to stop excessively using mainstream media to talk to the nation, and craft new and effective tactics that will go around a hostile news establishment.

3. We want effective government oversight by committees who expose the lawlessness and change what is wrong with the unaccountable, growing administrative state, which abuses its citizens and drains the national treasury in the process.

4. We want regular legislative order through committees with an end to backroom deals and special favors at the White House or in leadership offices.

5. We want a meritocracy in Congress where partisan politics and fundraising play less of a role in highlighting Member/Senator ideas and committee assignments.

6. We demand that you stop punishing your own team, many who are champions to conservatives. Respect your base by showing greater offense to the radical Left than your conservative base.

7. We demand that you fight to protect political opponents of the President and the institutions that are increasingly under attack, i.e. military, law enforcement, private property, free markets, rule of law, religious liberty, etc.

8. We demand that you force the opposition to defend their failed and harmful ideology and policies by shining a light on the damage they have done and are doing.

9. We demand you keep your promises you made as you campaigned for office, and go full bore to stop President Obama’s fundamental transformation having lost too many months and too much trust amongst Americans already.

10. We demand that you restore Congress' legislative powers so it is once again a branch holding the other two branches, and the administrative state, in check. Self-government, as designed by the founders will end as a check on unrestrained power in the other branches, if Congress continues to fail to exercise its constitutional role as a brake on executive and judicial abuses of power. Congress will become irrelevant in the scheme of our government.

John Boehner did not care about the institution, as he claimed. Had he cared, the Congress would be on offense, pushing back and defending the country's interests under this lawless, power-hungry President. Do not be the Congress and its leaders who history books reveal as the men and women who squandered and lost America’s self government.

Organizational affiliations for identification purposes only.

David N. Bossie, President, Citizens United Michael A. Needham, Chief Executive Office, Heritage Action Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots Andrew C. McCarthy, former federal prosecutor Sandy Rios, Director of Governmental Affairs, American Family Association Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author Dan Bongino, GOP Nominee US Senate (MD) Tim Daughtry, Co-author, Waking the Sleeping Giant Rick Manning, President, Americans for Limited Government Former Congressman Jim Ryun, Chairman, Madison Project Tim Wildman, President, American Family Association Kevin Jackson, syndicated radio host, Executive Director of The Black Sphere, LLC Col. Francis X. DeLuca, USMCR (Ret), President, Civitas Action Joseph Farah, Editor and Chief Executive Officer, WND.com, WND Books, WND Films Janet Porter, President, Faith2Action Ken Benway, Lt. Col US Army Ret, Founder, Special Operations Speaks Steve Deace, Conservative Review Rod D. Martin, Founder and CEO, The Martin Organization Sherri R. Martin, The Martin Organization Nicholas Stehle, Center for the American Future Hon. Jerry Melvin, President, Florida Republican Assembly Hon. Sharron Angle, President, National Federation of Republican Assemblies Hon. Joseph E. Schmitz, Former Inspector General of the Department of Defense; Partner Schmitz & Socarros, LLP William H. Shaker. Chief Executive Officer, Washington Marketing Group; Volunteer President, Rule of Law Committee Ken Cuccinelli, President, Senate Conservatives Fund Col. Rob Maness (USAF Ret), Founder, GatorPAC Kenneth R. Timmerman, Author Kevin Freeman, CFA, Founder, NSIC Institute Joel Arends, Veterans for A Stronger America Melissa Ortiz, Founder and Principal, Able Americans Elaine Donnelly, President, Center for Military Readiness Elizabeth Bailey, Treasurer, Friends of Becky Gerritson, Campaign Committee Tim Macy, Chairman, Gun Owners of America Greg Scandlen, Health Benefits Group Robert K. Fischer, Meeting Coordinator, Conservatives of Faith Richard and Susan Falknor, Publishers, Blue Ridge Forum Vicki Dooling, Assemblywoman, District 41 Nevada Seton Motley, President, Less Government Colin Hanna, President, Let Freedom Ring Carolee Adams, President, Eagle Forum of New Jersey Kim Simac, Founder, Northwoods Patriots, Wisconsin Shirley Kufeldt, Co-Founder, Northwoods Patriots, Wisconsin Kelly Monroe Kullberg, Founder, The American Conservancy, Author, Finding God at Harvard Peter J. Thomas, Chairman, Americans for Constitutional Liberty Adelle (Dee) Park, Founder, Moore County, NC GOP and TEA Party Billie Tucker, CE, Grassroots for Victory USA Andrew Bostom, MD MS J. Christian Adams, attorney Becky Garritson, Candidate for US Congress AL2; President Wetumpka TEA Party Honorable J. Kenneth Blackwell, President, Constitutional Congress, Inc. George Rasley, Editor, conservativehq.com Curt Levey President, The Committee for Justice Adam Brandon, Freedom Works Thomas Pyle, American Energy Alliance Donna Hearne, CEO, The Constitutional Coalition



During the primary season of 2012, Senator Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)50% was expecting millions in establishment cash to propel Texas’ Lt. Governor David Dewhurst to the United States Senate. Dewhurst, in McConnell’s mind, would be another political asset for him, in his decades-long dream to become Senate Majority Leader. Dewhurst looked and acted the part. McConnell envisioned Dewhurst would become part of the establishment in the U.S. Senate and most importantly, someone who would never stand up to McConnell or confront the failed status quo.

But on July 31, 2012, conservative grassroots voters in Texas had a different idea. Those Texans were truly ahead of the curve; they already knew what millions now know so well – that Washington is broken and that Americans are being lied to by career politicians like Mitch McConnell. Those courageous voters listened to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)96% ’s message of speaking truth to power and sent him to the United States Senate. This was certainly a historic election for anti-establishment forces. However, no one could have foreseen just how critically important it would turn out to be.

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The Washington Times: Hillary aide paid by private firm to stage event with Bill Clinton while at State

While still working at the State Department, Hillary Rodham Clinton confidante Huma Abedin was paid by the private consulting firm Teneo Holdings to help stage a star-studded reception that included her boss’ husband, Bill Clinton, along with George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as speakers just days after the Benghazi tragedy, The Washington Times has learned.

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Politico: Clinton's chief of staff gave advice to Clinton Foundation

The Clinton Foundation had a direct line to Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff at the State Department, seeking her advice on lucrative speaking invitations for former President Bill Clinton outside of the department’s normal ethics process, according to emails that surfaced in a federal lawsuit.

Foundation officials sought guidance from Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton lawyer and friend, on whether the former president should accept paid speaking gigs in countries that could have presented public relations problems, including a North Korea appearance that the nonprofit said Hillary Clinton’s brother was pushing, the emails show.

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Washington Examiner: Clinton Foundation courted Putin-linked Russian donor

Clinton Foundation officials courted a Russian billionaire to join a 2012 meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, seeking the advice of State Department staff about the invitation.

The well-connected charity wanted to invite Viktor Vekselberg, founder of major Russian conglomerate Renova Group, to attend the Clinton Global Initiative meeting in New York City that year. Amitabh Desai, the foundation's director of foreign policy, asked a top aide to Hillary Clinton if the State Department would be troubled by the invitation, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

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The Washington Beacon: Clinton Aide Shared Classified Information With Foundation, Email Shows

A member of Hillary Clinton’s staff at the Department of State emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012.

The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes “foreign government information” that has been classified as “Confidential” by the State Department.

Although the information was not marked classified by the State Department until this past summer, intelligence sources tell the Free Beacon that it would have been classified at the time Mills sent it because “foreign government information” is considered classified from inception.

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Citizens United Releases Huma Abedin And Cheryl Mills Email Productions In Their Entirety

Washington, D.C. – Today, Citizens United released three FOIA productions in their entirety.

Two productions concern Huma Abedin emails and one production covers Cheryl Mills emails. A good portion of these emails are being made public for the first time today.

“The American people have a right to see these emails and to draw their own conclusions. Sunlight and transparency in government is still the best disinfectant,” David N. Bossie, President of Citizens United.

Citizens United will be releasing additional FOIA documents in the near future.

Document 1: Abedin-Mills FOIA request language

Document 2: Cheryl Mills emails with Clinton Foundation - entire production

Document 3: Huma Abedin emails with Teneo – entire production

Document 4 and 5: Huma Abedin emails with Clinton Foundation (Parts 1 & 2) – entire production

For all emails and documents related to Citizens United FOIA lawsuits, click here.


NYT: Emails Show Hillary Clinton Adviser Sidestepping Potential Conflict

In November 2012, Kris Balderston, then in charge of the Global Partnership Initiative in Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s office, sent an email about a potential joint initiative involving the State Department and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The email was sent to a group of people, including Huma Abedin, the deputy chief of staff to Mrs. Clinton, and to Thomas Shea, who at the time was one of the managing directors of Teneo, the firm where Ms. Abedin had a contract as a consultant, and which represented the Rockefeller Foundation.

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