Janice Jacobs, the State Department’s new “transparency czar,” is included in some of the private Hillary Clinton emails she is meant to oversee.
Jacobs, a career diplomat who was appointed last week as the agency’s transparency coordinator, is copied on a number of now-classified emails that have been released by the State Department over the past several months.
The transparency coordinator is meant to streamline the agency’s handling of Freedom of Information Act requests and congressional inquiries for Clinton’s private emails, which have bottlenecked in the State Department’s strained records office in recent months.
But Jacobs herself is included among the records she is charged with disclosing, raising questions about her impartiality when it comes to screening her own correspondence.
For example, Jacobs is copied on an email that discussed “diplomatic activity” in North Korea. The email has since been classified.
Jacobs was included in another email discussion of North Korea that has been classified by the State Department – this one about “consular activity” in the country in April 2009.
She was also looped into an email chain involving the Haitian prime minister in February 2010, as State Department officials planned for a major donors’ conference in New York to benefit Haiti after its devastating earthquake.
The email discussed the private thoughts of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, including his opinion about how the Dominican Republic should help Haiti coordinate international donations.
Bellerive’s positions are now classified, as are parts of the email that lay out potential plans for U.S. troops to have a presence in Haiti.
Jacobs came under fire last week just hours after Secretary of State John Kerry announced her appointment, when a $2,700 donation to Clinton’s presidential campaign was discovered among Federal Election Commission records.
State Department officials dismissed the donation, arguing Jacobs’ political contributions were “not relevant” to the job.