More on why the Clinton Foundation needs to be shut down.
There are many people who refuse to believe Hillary Clinton is worse than Donald Trump. The Clintons have always had a long list of people who have defended them to point of absurdity.
For example, at the height of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Democrat strategist Vic Kamper said, “If there is semen on the dress, it still may not be a sexual relationship as defined by the agreement with the judge.”
You can’t reason with Clinton defenders. I am here to appeal to only fair-minded Americans who want to learn about the Clinton Foundation scandals.
So I thought I would include another list of scandals that even Clinton defenders have been unable to defend.
Thanks to Judicial Watch, 44 of Hillary’s emails were released. They were not given to the State Department in 2014. According to the FBI Director James Comey, Hillary had 60,000 emails in her private server. Hillary provided 30,000 and erased the other half claiming that they were personal emails. In the original group of emails, 110 emails contained classified information at the time they were sent or received by Hillary Clinton.
An additional 2,000 emails were up-classified. This is a process where the email was not classified the moment it was sent or received, but the content was deemed classified at a later date.
Of the 30,000 emails erased, the FBI was able to recover some of the emails and it also investigated some of her colleagues in the State Department to determine if there was any further classified information. It did find that many of the emails were work-related and three of them had classified information at the time they were sent or received by Hillary Clinton.
Judicial Watch found that in April 2009, Doug Band, a counselor to Bill Clinton at the Clinton Foundation, emailed Hillary’s two top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin to arrange a meeting between Clinton Foundation donor Gilbert Chagoury and the key person in the State Department regarding Lebanon. Huma responded to Doug Band and recommended that outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Jeffrey Feltman would be the right guy.
The Clinton campaign has responded saying that meeting between Chagoury and Feltman never took place. However, even having such a conversation was a violation of the memorandum of understanding that the Clinton Foundation would not “create conflicts or the appearance of conflicts for Senator Clinton as Secretary of State.”
Hillary even wrote to James Thessin, the Deputy Legal Advisor and Designated Ethics Official at the State Department, claiming, “If confirmed as Secretary of State, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter that has a direct and predictable effect upon this foundation, unless I first obtain a written waiver or qualify for a regulatory exemption.” She probably should have included her aides.
As I reported in my previous article, Cheryl Mills was briefly on the board of the Clinton Foundation while serving at the State Department. Huma Abedin simultaneously worked for the Clinton Foundation in her last six months at the State Department. She also worked for a consulting company called Teneo.
One of the founders of Teneo, and its current president, is Doug Band, who was the man who sent the email. The Chairman and CEO of Teneo, Declan Kelly, is also a donor to the Clinton Foundation. He claimed that Huma Abedin did nothing at the firm that could be considered a conflict of interest with the State Department.
The International Security Advisory Board
Many of Hillary’s supporters will not accept just the appearance of corruption. For the people who need a clear quid pro quo, people should turn to the story of how Clinton donor Rajiv Fernando became a member of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) in 2011.
The ISAB is composed of experts on international security. When Rajiv Fernando was on the board, he served next to men like former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft and former Secretary of Defense William Perry. This position gave him access to sensitive conversations while these experts discussed important hotspots from Russia to Pakistan.
Rajiv Fernando was a successful businessman and founded Chopper Trading in 2002, which is a proprietary trading firm. He also raised $100,000 as a bundler for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign and he provided another $30,000 to retire Hillary’s campaign debt after she lost to Obama. He donated between $1 million to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation. He also hosted a fundraiser for Hillary’s 2016 campaign. So why do emails show Cheryl Mills pushing for this unqualified person to serve on ISAB? I think this one is obvious.
The United Arab Emirates
When Hillary was Secretary of State, Bill Clinton made just over $1 million for three speeches in the United Arab Emirates. This of course is peanuts compared to what they really paid him.
While Clinton got money from foreign interests through donations to the foundation and speaking fees, he also made money by setting up a partnership with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, and American billionaire Ron Burkle. In April 2002, Ron Burkle’s private equity firm, Yucaipa Companies, announced that Bill Clinton would be “a senior advisor to a family of funds run by Yucaipa Companies.” With an interest in Yucaipa funds, including the Yucaipa Global Partnership Fund, Clinton was a business partner with the Dubai Investment Group. This group was controlled by Maktoum.
From 2003 to 2007, Bill Clinton made $15 million from Yucaipa. Ron Burkle also raised $50 million for Democrats through fundraisers at his 50,000-square-foot mansion, Green Acres, in Beverly Hills. In 2006, Burkle raised $1 million for Hillary Clinton.
From 2011 to 2014, Bill Clinton also collected $5.6 million in fees from GEMS Education. This Dubai-based company teaches Sharia law to underprivileged children through approximately 100 schools in the Middle East.
If Bill Clinton earned millions of dollars, what did the UAE get in return? In 2012, a Clinton Foundation employee, Amitabh Desai, emailed Cheryl Mills asking if they should accept a donation from TAQA, which is an oil and gas company. The government of Abu Dhabi controls 74 percent of TAQA. In 2010, this company won an agreement from the Obama administration to import billions of cubic feet of natural gas from Canada to the United States. TAQA also has ties to Grameen Bank, which means part of the connection lies in Bangladesh.
It was discovered that Secretary Hillary Clinton, through USAID, provided $13 million to Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank. Yunus ran the bank until he was ousted in 2011 over allegations of mismanagement.
Hillary publicly defended Yunus from the authorities. Yunus was friends with the Clintons since Bill was governor of Arkansas. He also donated over $100,000 to the Foundation.
When Bill Clinton pardoned Marc Rich, he showed everyone how quickly he will sell out to the highest bidder. Beyond tax evasion, Marc Rich bought oil from Iran, when American hostages were held in Tehran, and sold money to South Africa during apartheid. His ex-wife, Denise, gave $450,000 to the Clinton Library and donated to Hillary Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign in New York. One of Rich’s closest partners was Gilbert Chagoury.
We have to shut down the Clinton Foundation immediately or history will repeat itself.
Gilbert Chagoury (YouTube)