Casey Wasserman Mentioned in New Batch of Clinton Emails
The sports executive corresponded with a high-level Clinton Foundation executive about getting a client expedited at the U.S. Embassy in London.
Sports marketing executive Casey Wasserman appears in the latest batch of Clinton emails, which show close ties between Clinton Foundation donors and the U.S. State Department.
Wasserman, whose charitable organization donated between $5 million and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, asked Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band for help setting up an interview for one of his high-profile clients with the U.S. Embassy in London, the emails show. The client's name was redacted by the State Department.
The interview was necessary because the client had faced a "criminal charge" at some point in his past and was having difficulty getting into the country. Band then emailed Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's top aides at the State Department.
"I doubt we can do anything but maybe we can help with an interview," Abedin responded to Band. "I'll ask."
Later in the conversation, Abedin writes that the situation "makes me nervous to get involved, but I'll ask."
Agents at Wasserman's company also had reached out to the offices of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) for help securing an interview for their client, but had come up short.
The new parcel of emails challenges statements made by Clinton, who is the Democratic nominee for president, that all of her government emails had been turned over to the State Department, after initially being stored on a private server.
The emails were made public Monday, after watchdog organization Judicial Watch sued for their release. A rep said that Judicial Watch made the decision to sue for the documents after a Freedom of Information Act request went unanswered. A representative for Wasserman's office said that the forwarded email exchange never resulted in a visa.
The exchange between Wasserman and Band took place in May 2009.
Band, a trusted aide to former President Bill Clinton, left the Clinton Foundation in 2015 to found consulting firm Teneo Holdings.