via the New York Post:
Major Clinton donor with no experience tapped for security advisory post
June 10, 2016
A major donor to the Clinton Foundation was tapped by Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff to an intelligence advisory board – despite his inexperience in the field, according to ABC News.
Rajiv Fernando’s only apparent qualification as a member of the International Security Advisory Board was his technological acumen, the network reported.
Fernando, a stock trader who also was a prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates, joined the panel that comprised mostly nuclear scientists and security experts.
Newly released State Department emails – which shed light on the controversial appointment – revealed how Clinton staffers sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” ABC News and finally accept the donor’s resignation two days later when the network asked about his qualifications.
The emails showed that a press aide for Clinton expressed concern about Fernando’s appointment in an email to two other State Department officials.
“I have spoken to [State Department official and ISAB Executive Director Richard Hartman] privately, and it appears there is much more to this story that we’re unaware of,” Jamie Mannina, the aide, wrote in one of the newly released emails.
“We must protect the Secretary’s and Under Secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the Board. I think it’s important to get down to the bottom of this before there’s any response.
Fernando bundled more than $100,000 for Clinton’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, before raising money for President Obama in the general election.
He also donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the William J. Clinton Foundation.
The trove of revealing new emails were provided to ABC by the conservative group Citizens United, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act request. (Read More)
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