Washington, Aug 10: Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch on Tuesday (Aug 9) released records of the US State Department, including 44 new mail exchanges, raising the total number of new Hillary Clinton emails to 171 that are not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that the former secretary of state had turned over to the department.
The 296-page records also seemed to contradict Hillary's statement that she knew that all her government emails were turned over to the state department.
The latest documents revealed that in April 2009, controversial official of Clinton Foundation Doug Band sought a job for an associate. The email contained an exchange in which Band told Hillary's former aides at the State Department that it was "important to take care of" an individual whose name was censored.
He was also assured by one of the aides who said that "personel has been sending him options".
The new revelations are expected to strengthen the voice of the critics who said the State Department acted too close to the Clinton foundation during Hillary's tenure between 2009 and 2013, despite her assurances of not taking any action that would benefit her family's charity work.
However, the State Department authorities defended when asked about the emails by saying it is "not unusual for candidates to be recommended to the department through a varity of avenues" and that officials of the department stay in touch with a number of outside individuals and organisations regularly, said a South China Morning Post report.
No comment was received from the Clinton Foundation or Hillary's campaign, the report said.