State Department Has No Comment on Clinton Email Claim of Saudi and Qatari Funding for ISIS

Convenient.

The State Department has no comment on newly leaked emails revealing Hillary Clinton acknowledged that Saudi Arabia and Qatar fund ISIS. 

On Tuesday State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked about the 2014 email sent by Clinton but he refused to answer and instead deflected to say the two countries are fighting the Islamic State. 

"Qatar and Saudi Arabia are members of the counter-ISIL coalition and have been contributing members of that coalition pretty much since its founding," Kirby said. 

"And we rely a great deal on their efforts to help us counter terrorism in the region, particularly counter this particular group, Daesh [ISIS/ISIL]."

When pressed on the claim that the Saudi and Qatari governments are funding ISIS, Kirby would "not speak about the veracity of leaked documents and whether they’re authentic or not."  

A recap of Hillary Clinton's email to her campaign head John Podesta follows below: 

“We need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” the email says.

“The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure,” it adds.

For the record, Hillary Clinton took up to $25 million "in donations" for her family foundation from Saudi Arabia (just that we know of) and between $1 and $5 million from Qatar, in exchange for what, exactly, we can only be left to imagine.  

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