Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appears to have booted her State Department security detail from her plane so that a pair of Clinton Foundation officials could catch a ride, according to emails obtained by an advocacy group.
The exchange between Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band is included in a batch of emails handed over to Citizens United as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Some people tasked with Clinton’s protection have painted an image of an ungrateful woman who routinely lashed out at staffers.
Abedin’s email on July 31, 2009, had the subject line: “we have room for you and justin [sic] tomorrow” and included the sentence, “Kicking DS off.” The other aide was Justin Cooper, a key staffer to former president Bill Clinton. DS is an acronym for the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, an agency responsible for the protection of the secretary of state and other diplomats, similar to the role that the Secret Service plays for the president.
Band acknowledged the email and asked what kind of plane it was, to which Abedin answered that it was a G3, or Gulf Stream 3.
A manifest from the flight shows that the plane departed Andrews Air Force Base at 2:39 p.m. on Aug. 1, 2009, with Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, Abedin, Band, Cooper, State Department official Joni Scandola, and other people whose names are redacted from the document on board. The plane arrived in White Plains, New York, near the Clintons’ home in Chappaqua.
J.T. Mastranadi, political director of Citizens United, questioned who else was aboard the flight.
“Now that we know diplomatic security was kicked off this flight, who are the redacted names on the flight manifest they don’t want us to know about?” he asked in a statement to LifeZette.
Officials from the State Department did not immediately respond to an inquiry about whether it is proper to remove Diplomatic Security agents from the secretary’s plane — particularly so that employees of a private charity can hitch a ride. The Clinton campaign also did not immediately respond to an inquiry from LifeZette.
Some people tasked with Clinton’s protection have painted an image of an ungrateful woman who routinely lashed out at staffers. In his book, “First Family Detail,” former investigative reporter Ronald Kessler described one incident in which Clinton answered a “good morning” greeting with an expletive.
Kessler described Clinton as two-faced.
“When in public, Hillary smiles and acts graciously,” he wrote in his book. “As soon as the cameras are gone, her angry personality, nastiness, and imperiousness become evident.”
Kessler also wrote: “Hillary Clinton can make Richard Nixon look like Mahatma Gandhi.”
Note: This story has been updated with additional information on the flight’s passengers and destination.