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    State Department ‘Loses’ Smoking Gun Email of Possible Clinton Insider Trading

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    A notorious email between State Department aide Jake Sullivan and a Clinton Foundation employee exposing financial conflicts of interest by the former Secretary of State has “mysteriously” disappeared.

    While the US media is fixated on the fact that Donald Trump did not pay taxes in 1995, as was revealed in a so-called “bombshell” New York Times article that amounts to essentially “water is wet” and billionaire real estate men both have accountants and qualify for many tax deductions, a major scandal has been unfolding with the State Department mysteriously losing an email that documents potential insider trading on Greek bonds by Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky with confidential government information.

    The Washington Examiner described the missing email as containing "an attachment memo about Greek bonds – a significant detail given the heavy investments Clinton’s son-in-law, Marc Mezvinsky, was making in the Greek economic recovery during the same period" that was released outside the chain of the State Department where it could potentially have been passed along to Chelsea Clinton’s husband.

    The revelation resulted from a Freedom of Information Act request for a July 2012 email from the State Department’s Jake Sullivan to Amitabh Desai, A Clinton Foundation employee, and Justin Cooper, an aide to Bill Clinton, titled “Solidarity Bonds Greece Revised.” When a lawyer requested that the State Department provide a copy of the attachment, federal attorneys said that the State Department “does not have” the original email.

    At the time that the email was sent outside the State Department, Mezvinsky, a hedge fund manager, was openly advertising that he had a secret strategy for making money by "betting that the Greek bailout would raise the price of bonds" – an advertisement that led many large investors tied to the Clinton Foundation to put their money with his hedge fund.

    The likelihood that Marc Mezvinsky received and used this insider information to his advantage is questionable as his $325 million hedge fund quickly lost 90% of its portfolio value before going bankrupt at a near total loss for his investors, but it does point once again to the complex conflict of interests of Hillary’s wealthy inner-circle and the ease at which the former Secretary of State could have used her office for the enrichment of herself and others.

    A spokesperson for the conservative group Citizens United that filed the Freedom of Information Act claim said of the failure by the government to provide the original document that, "Hillary Clinton truly left her mark on the State Department – why do the most important emails always end up missing? The State Department should explain to the American people why this information is unavailable."

    The group Citizens United holds a negative connotation in American political parlance with the group serving as the lead plaintiff in the case to abolish limits on SuperPACs ability to collect money from millionaire and billionaire donors to effectively buy elections and influence the political system.

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    2016 election, politics, Greek bonds, insider trading, emails, email scandal, emailgate, Citizens United, Clinton Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Donald Trump, Clinton, Hillary, Hillary Clinton, Jake Sullivan, Marc Mezvinsky, Greece, United States
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