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Memos Show Clinton Adviser Demanded Ambassadorship for 'Political Debt'

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By    |   Friday, 14 Oct 2016 07:41 AM

Memos from the 1990s show how then-President Bill Clinton awarded friend and adviser Derek Shearer with an nomination to become an ambassador to Finland after he reminded Clinton and wife Hillary he was owed a "political debt" for "all that I did in the campaign."

"I've never understood why I wasn't offered a serious position in the government after you won," Shearer wrote in a letter dated August 26, 1993, to Hillary Clinton, reports The Washington Free Beacon.

"I was one of your longest standing supporter [sic] but I wasn't an FOB hanger on; I'm a smart and talented person who contributed to winning — and I was with you in the trenches in the darkest days."

And in a separate letter, written to Bill Clinton on the same day, Shearer asked for an ambassadorial nomination to Singapore, New Zealand, or Finland, and six months later, the president came through with the nomination for the Finland post.

As part of the communications, Shearer, then a professor at Occidental College, sent the Clintons an eight-page memo to outline all his work on Bill Clinton's first run for the White House, including finding information on Gennifer Flowers, who had come out about an affair with Clinton before that election cycle's New Hampshire primary.

He also said he worked to find dirt on Clinton's political opponents, Jerry Brown, Paul Tsongas, and Ross Perot.

Shearer was given a job as a Commerce Department official, but complained Commerce Secretary Ron Brown had treated him badly, and he left the job when his wife fell ill.

In his memo, Shearer also said he and his wife donated "the maximum" to Clinton's campaign, and that he'd worked with Sidney Blumenthal and his brother, Cody Shearer, to "promote your candidacy, to defend you, and to attack your enemies."

Shearer ended up serving as ambassador to Finland from1994-1997, later became a foreign policy adviser to Al Gore in the 2000 presidential campaign, and advised Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary.

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