Posted: 12:42 am EDT
The email addressed to then USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah was sent in October 2010 by a USAID employee. It was shared by Dr. Shah with senior USAID and State Department officials and forwarded to HRC by Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills. Dr. Shah was USAID Administrator from January 7, 2010 to February 19, 2015. He was succeeded by Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator in December 2015.
Shah writes that he was “somewhat amazed” that somebody actually sent such a letter to him and says that he “really believe our overall narrative lacks credibility and do believe the qddr will need be a key document in terms of trying to win over the building.”
He also writes that, “For everyone one (sic) of these totally crazy emails/people there are 100 moderate people that we need to win over – and they are watching with skepticism right now.”
HRC’s response is to first “do a background check on who she is,” referring to the USAID employee. She calls the email “a typical DC bureaucratic rant,” and says it reminds her of “some of the town hall questioners I’ve had.”
The email below from a USAID employee whose name is redacted is pretty brutal, calling the then administrator of less than a year, “a patsie,” and “a puppet” while urging the USAID boss to “quit with at least some dignity…”
We have not been able to find a trail on what if ever was USAID or State’s response. Mills writes to HRC that she wants “to be helpful and creative in thinking through a response.” This document is part of the latest Clinton email dump.
- Rajiv Shah’s USAID legacy (February 2015 via devex.com)
- USAID: Rajiv Shah’s legacy (PDF) (February 2015, The Lancet)
- Raj Shah: The Second Worst USAID Administrator in 30 Years? (USAID Alumni Forum)
- For departing USAID administrator, Afghanistan is rarely mentioned (Al Jazeera, February 2015)
- Who’s next? (Open the Echo Chamber Blog, December 2014)