A review of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s official State Department calendar found more than 75 meetings with political donors, lobbyists, and individuals with corporate interests were not recorded. Other entries, the Associated Press reports, had all identifying information removed.
More than 114 outsiders who’d met with the then-secretary of State had had their names taken off the calendar. Many of the edited or missing parts included policy sessions with corporate leaders and political donors. Some of those names include Sidney Blumenthal (a longtime Clinton adviser), Thomas “Mack” McLarty (a former Clinton White House chief of staff), and Joseph Wilson (a former energy lobbyist).
The AP was able to compare the 1,500-page schedule with planning calendars that her aides used. Some of the missing entries could be explained by Clinton’s fluid and chaotic schedule. But, the AP wrote, more than 60 events were omitted entirely, described only as “private meetings,” without any names of attendees listed. Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill described the discrepancy as reflective of “a more detailed version in one version as compared to another, all maintained by her staff.” He added that Clinton “has always made an effort to be transparent since entering public life, whether it be the release of over 30 years of tax returns, years of financial disclosure forms, or asking that 55,000 pages of work emails from her time of secretary of State be turned over to the public.” Read more.