Hillary Clinton Will Need To Address Her Scheduled Time As Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton will need to use her political talents at a heightened level soon as the State Department agreed Thursday to turn over all the detailed planning schedules from her time as secretary of state to The Associated Press by mid-October. That news was an abrupt reversal from U.S. government lawyers’ warning last week that hundreds of pages would not be released until after the presidential election.
Why this is most significant is because the release will make available before the election all of Clinton’s minute-by-minute schedules. Those planning documents offer a detailed look at Clinton’s daily routine during her four-year tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.
The daily schedules drew attention last week after the AP reviewed the two years of schedules released so far, plus Clinton’s official calendars. From those, the AP determined that more than half the people who Clinton met or spoke with — outside of members of the U.S. or foreign governments — had donated to the Clinton Foundation either personally or through companies or groups.
I have urged and argued for a more forthcoming approach from Clinton regarding questions about her emails and the Clinton Foundation. It is more and more clear that the email problem has far less to do with Benghazi (which was the most overrated non-story of the past 8 years) than it has to do with the way the Foundation was masterful at seeking ways to bring powerful players together. As I have always stated the Foundation serves a great purpose but the demands for accountability and transparency must be responded to as well.
The timing of all this is most troubling as the Clinton campaign suffers from a series of cuts a day. The lack of an open dialogue with Clinton and the press only exacerbates the situation.