Election HQ Clintons' 'Bag Man': Middle Man Between Foundation & State Dept ID'ed
Fox News Chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported this morning that the Clinton campaign's national finance director was previously the middle man between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation.
Dennis Cheng, before joining the campaign, worked for over three years as the foundation’s director of development and before that as deputy chief of protocol in Clinton’s State Department.
According to newly released emails obtained by Citizens United, Cheng worked closely with Clinton aide Huma Abedin, particularly after moving to the foundation.
Herridge noted that Cheng reportedly built a donor base of more than a quarter-billion dollars at the foundation.
Fox News asked the director of the nonprofit Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) to review the emails and Cheng's role.
"He could be best described as the bag man. He's the one that raised the money and also kept the donors happy," said Matthew Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney.
"You would expect and I always expected that Mr. Cheng would be right in the middle of some of these transactions that were going on between the Clinton Foundation and their donors and those that wanted access to the State Department and Secretary Clinton."
Meantime, AP reports today that more than half of the people "outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation."
At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.
Donors who were granted time with Clinton included an internationally known economist who asked for her help as the Bangladesh government pressured him to resign from a nonprofit bank he ran; a Wall Street executive who sought Clinton's help with a visa problem; and Estee Lauder executives who were listed as meeting with Clinton while her department worked with the firm's corporate charity to counter gender-based violence in South Africa.
Herridge said the State Department and AP fought over the release of the calendars for three years.
Clinton's campaign manager said a small number of meetings were "cherry-picked" off the calendar, calling the analysis "flawed."
"It is outrageous to misrepresent Secretary Clinton's basis for meeting with these individuals," spokesman Brian Fallon said. He called it "a distorted portrayal of how often she crossed paths with individuals connected to charitable donations to the Clinton Foundation."
Watch the report above and reaction from Outnumbered below.