It seems like a big deal.
But it turns out, according to new reports, Clinton’s campaign was paying for her plane to fly to a summer resort in Mexico City on the same day she was due to speak at the United Nations General Assembly.
The Associated Press and The Hill have both obtained emails between Clinton’s personal attorney and her personal plane company that show that a company called Blackhawk Airlines flew her to the resort, in a private jet owned by Blackhawk Aviation, in June 2016, and flew her back to New York City a few days later.
The plane, which cost around $300,000, was a black Falcon XWB jet, with seats for just two, and seats for two people, according the AP.
The plane was equipped with a video screen for live video and a microphone to record conversations.
The emails were sent to Clinton’s private email account, which was set up for State Department business, and were sent between May 10 and May 12.
Clinton’s campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
In August, the AP reported that the Clintons’ private plane had flown the first lady and her daughter to the Mexican resort in the first week of August, and to the White House for a meeting.
The Clintons also flew to Palm Beach, Fla., for a rally on Aug. 5.
In an email to campaign manager Robby Mook, an adviser to Clinton wrote that the trip would be for the purpose of meeting with the foreign minister of Mexico, and that Blackhawk would be paid for the trip.
“In the case of a private plane, the cost of the travel for the Secretary of State and the First Lady is paid by BlackHawk,” wrote Blackhawk president David Cone.
The first lady was also reimbursed for airfare, hotel expenses and other expenses associated with her trip.
Cone also told Mook that BlackHawks plane had a maximum capacity of six people.
The State Department, which had reimbursed the Clintons for travel costs related to the trip, said in a statement to the AP that Blackhawks plane was only used to fly four people to and from the White’s Residence at the time.
The AP obtained the emails through a Freedom of Information Act request.
The documents show that Black Hawk Airlines was founded in 2007 by a group of aviation industry professionals who included Blackhawk founder David Cones, who was the company’s CEO and chairman until last year.
Cones, a retired Air Force pilot, said the company had been in business for two decades and had grown from about $150,000 to $800,000 in annual revenue, which he said was driven by new commercial and business opportunities.
The emails show that the Clinton campaign paid for two Blackhawk jets to fly the First Family to the vacation spot, a fact that Mook confirmed in a phone interview with the AP and later in an email.
He said Blackhawk’s first flight was on July 18, and its second flight was two weeks later.
Caddell said in the email that Blackhawks flights are reimbursed by the State Department and Blackhawk is reimbursed on the regular basis.
He declined to discuss the company specifically.
Cadillac Aviation Inc., the company that owned the plane, did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman told the AP the company “has not had a single flight that was paid for by the campaign.”
The trip to the summer resort, which is not a campaign event, took place the same week that the former president was set to hold a news conference in Mexico.
It was also the day that the State Dept. issued a travel warning to foreign dignitaries who were expected to speak there in the future.
The warning also said that the government could revoke or suspend U.S. visas for the spouses and minor children of foreign dignits and others who are not U.N. members.
Coupled with the plane’s expense, the flights could have cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars.
The trips could have also exposed the Clintons to lawsuits over their use of personal email, something the AP has previously reported.
Clinton’s lawyers have repeatedly denied that any of their communications were marked classified.
The campaign did no such thing.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in an emailed statement that the emails were part of a routine review of the communications that are being released to the public by the Associated Press.
“The First Lady, her staff, Blackhawk and BlackHorns business have a longstanding relationship with the State and U. S. governments, and we have been working with them on this very issue,” Fallon said.
“The campaign has been transparent about the arrangements for our trip and all other trips to Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama, as well as the Secret Service and other federal agencies involved in protecting President Donald Trump, including the President’s Cabinet members and Cabinet officials.”
The AP also obtained emails from Clinton’s former campaign chairman, John Podesta, which