Hillary Clinton made connections for her daughter Chelsea’s friend which may have led to lucrative government contracts, new emails from the Department of State reveal.
Then-secretary of state Clinton arranged meetings for Jacqueline Newmyer-Deal, a childhood friend of Chelsea Clinton and president of Long Term Strategy Group, with top Pentagon officials including Hillary’s girlfriend Margie Sullivan, reports The Washington Free Beacon. The meetings led to consulting contracts for Deal’s D.C.-based Long Term Strategy Group.
Clinton recommended Deal to Michele Flournoy, who had just become undersecretary for defense policy at the Department of Defense in 2009. After a May 5, 2009 meeting with Flouroy, Deal thanked Clinton for “all your encouragement and help with DoD.”
“I met with Michele’s other deputy yesterday, and we had a productive discussion about Iran and developments in maritime Asia,” Deal said in her email. “We also discussed contract vehicles and mapped out what we need to do so that we can go to work! I am very grateful for everything you have done.”
Deal’s Long Term Strategy Group received more than $1.3 million from DoD contracts in 2009, according to USAspending.gov. The Pentagon paid Long Term Strategy Group around $60,000 for unclassified reports of between 20 and 40 pages, and about $40,000 for workshops with DoD officials and think tanks. Long Term Strategy Group has gotten around $6 million in federal contracts since 2009, The Washington Free Beacon reports.
One report the Long Term Strategy Group delivered to the Pentagon was called “On the Nature of Americans as a Warlike People,” which said “the United States will continue to use war as an instrument of state policy.”
The report concludes that the United States will likely continue to seek war as a policy, since many in government descended from the Scots-Irish, who tend to get into fights. Flournoy did not remember meeting with Deal, but told The Washington Free Beacon that she did not directly make contract decisions with the people she mentored.
“Whether any of the people I have met with went on to win contracts with the Office of Net Assessment or other Department of Defense entities was outside my purview as undersecretary of defense for policy,” Flournoy said. “I have and will continue to work with young men and women, including those recommended to me by people whose opinion and judgment I respect, such as Secretary Clinton.”
The last email chain between Deal and Clinton took place May 2011. Clinton attended Deal’s wedding just one day before Operation Red Dawn, where U.S. special forces killed Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan.
In the email, released by WikiLeaks, Clinton told Deal, “I was delighted to be there and stayed as long as I could at the reception before having to leave. I confess that the Bin Laden op the next day consumed most of my mental space!”