Clinton Foundation looked to fly CEO of sanctioned oil company to US

Posted by on Sep 03, 2015 at 7:56 am

Bill Clinton’s foundation, which sought but failed to receive State Department approval for him to give speeches tied to North Korea and the Congo, also asked that the head of a Malaysian oil company doing business with Iran be let into the United States, unsealed emails reveal.

The Clinton Foundation sought the go-ahead for Shamsul Azhar bin Abbas, the CEO of state-owned Petronas, to attend the foundation’s annual meeting in New York, despite the company’s Iran dealings — which ran counter to sanctions that Clinton signed as president in 1996.

Amitabh Desai, a foundation employee, made the request in an August 2012 e-mail to Cheryl Mills, chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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