Today’s Washington Post expands on the Clinton scandal I wrote about here, with new and damning revelations. Not only did Hillary Clinton’s family Foundation accept millions of dollars in contributions (that is, bribes) from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State, at least one of these violated even the excessively permissive and unethical conditions permitting such gifts (that is, bribes) agreed to as a condition of her confirmation. Here are some quotes from the story by Post reporters Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, which you should read in its entirely, with horrified comments from me interspersed:
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday. Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations. The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels. The new disclosures, provided in response to questions from The Washington Post, make clear that the 2008 agreement did not prohibit foreign countries with interests before the U.S. government from giving money to the charity closely linked to the secretary of state.
In one instance, foundation officials acknowledged they should have sought approval in 2010 from the State Department ethics office, as required by the agreement for new government donors, before accepting a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government.
The money was given to assist with earthquake relief in Haiti, the foundation said…. At the time, Algeria, which has sought a closer relationship with Washington, was spending heavily to lobby the State Department on human rights issues.The contribution coincided with a spike in the North African country’s lobbying visits to the State Department.
Like I said: bribe.
A foundation spokesman said Wednesday that the donations all went to fund the organization’s philanthropic work around the world. In some cases, the foundation said, foreign-government donations were part of multiyear grants that had been awarded before Clinton’s appointment to pay for particular charitable efforts, such as initiatives to lower the costs of HIV and AIDs drugs and curb greenhouse gas emissions.“As with other global charities, we rely on the support of individuals, organizations, corporations and governments who have the shared goal of addressing critical global challenges in a meaningful way,” said the spokesman, Craig Minassian. “When anyone contributes to the Clinton Foundation, it goes towards foundation programs that help save lives.”
Some of the donations came from countries with complicated diplomatic, military and financial relationships with the U.S. government, including Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
Rarely, if ever, has a potential commander in chief been so closely associated with an organization that has solicited financial support from foreign governments. Clinton formally joined the foundation in 2013 after leaving the State Department, and the organization was renamed the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.
In a presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton would be likely to showcase her foreign-policy expertise, yet the foundation’s ongoing reliance on foreign governments’ support opens a potential line of attack for Republicans eager to question her independence as secretary of state and as a possible president.
“A potential line of attack for Republicans”? This trick again! This is one reason the public is so easily deceived, especially Democrats and progressives who, one would assume, should be able to understand why the Clinton corruption is inexcusable. The hell with “a potential line of attack,” how about smoking gun evidence billowing so much smoke showing Hillary Clinton is corrupt that the public finally wakes up and realizes that she should be disqualified from running for President despite her primary qualification, a vagina?
Foundation officials said last week that if Clinton runs, they will consider taking steps to address concerns over the role of foreign donors.“We will continue to ensure the Foundation’s policies and practices regarding support from international partners are appropriate, just as we did when she served as Secretary of State,” the foundation said in a statement.
I just thought I’d throw that one in for comic relief.
Look: I can’t make people pay attention or to educate themselves, or to have the ethical literacy of a slug, but this is a big deal. You can count on it being largely ignored by the news media, both because journalists are ethically obtuse and because most of them are in the bag for Hillary already. This is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of how self-centered, greedy and corrupt this “presumptive nominee” is, and that is serious, a threat to the national interest. I would say it was signature significance, but Hillary–and Bill of course—passed that point years ago. Everyone should know already they are dishonest, deceptive and corrupt. What this episode proves is that they are now certain, based on past experience, that they don’t even have to be careful about it.
We just can’t allow them to be right.