Emails: Clinton State Dept. Prioritized “Friends of Bill” in 2010 Haiti Earthquake Contracts

HeadlineOct 12, 2016

The Haitian government, local organizers and international aid organizations are continuing to provide emergency assistance in the wake of the devastating Category 4 Hurricane Matthew, which has killed more than 1,000 people, with the death toll expected to continue rising. The Haitian Health Ministry says at least 320 fatal cases of cholera have been reported since the storm. The World Health Organization says it’s sending a million doses of cholera vaccines to Haiti. The United States has announced it’s suspending deportations to Haiti in the wake of the hurricane. This comes as newly released emails show a top aide to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave priority after the 2010 Haiti earthquake to aid contractors marked “FOB”—that’s “Friends of Bill Clinton”—or ”WJC VIPs”—that’s “William Jefferson Clinton VIPs.” One email from senior State Department official Caitlin Klevorick, who was coordinating incoming assistance offers being forwarded from the Clinton Foundation, read: “Need you to flag when people are friends of WJC. Most I can probably ID but not all.”

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