What Were They Thinking? Two Key Figures in HRC Email Scandal Host Fundraiser With Stars of TV ‘Scandal’

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By Emily Zanotti | 2:12 pm, April 21, 2016

The cast of Scandal, including President Fitzgerald Grant, will host a fundraiser with Hillary Clinton in DC next week, and it will feature the cast of Hillary Clinton’s own top scandal: her Chappaqua bathroom email server.


According to Variety, the fundraiser will take place next Wednesday, and tickets range from $250 for a single attendee to $1,000 for a “friend.” If Hillary’s bundlers wrangle more than $5,000 in donations for the event, they are designated as “co-hosts” and get to attend a special meet and greet with the Scandal cast.

It’s not unusual for Shonda Rhimes, Scandal‘s creator, to be raising money for a Democratic candidate. She’s starred in Clinton campaign ads, she’s raised plenty of money for Democrats, and she even invited Clinton to spend a day on the set of Scandal in February.

What is unusual, is that the self-indulgent Clinton campaign failed to recognize the implications of having their scandal-ridden aides appear alongside Scandal stars. Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan are the two highest-placed Clinton aides connected to her email scandal.

Huma Abedin, Clinton’s right-hand woman, sent and received classified information through the Clinton Chappaqua server, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch. The emails show Clinton asking Abedin to print a classified email from Tony Blair to her top national security staffer Jacob Sullivan. The request passed through both Clinton’s and Sullivan’s non-state.gov email accounts.

Abedin will likely be deposed in an ongoing lawsuit between Judicial Watch and the State Department, and will face scrutiny from the State Department’s inspector general. Other communications revealed that she was working closely with the Clinton Foundation during her time at State, as a “Special Government Employee.”

Sullivan, the other Hillary aide planning to rub elbows with the Scandal stars, is, according to nothing less than the New York Times, the Clinton aide most likely to face legal and criminal consequences for his role in Clinton’s use of private email. Sullivan authored several of the emails (and forwarded several others) that the inspector general specifically identified as containing classified information, including emails labeled “top secret.” In one, Clinton instructed Sullivan directly to turn a “secure fax” into an email and remove any characteristics that identified the communication as secretive.

Sullivan, along with several other Clinton aides, is being represented by Beth Wilkinson, wife of CNN’s David Gregory, in case you thought the incestuous relationship was limited simply to the Clinton campaign team.

It’s legitimately a Scandal episode come to life.