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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Clinton Foundation chose to hide $1 million "gift" and more

The terrorist-finding nation of Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation a $1,000,000 gift which they accepted and 'forgot' to notify the State Department that it had done so. This is a clear violation of the ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed when she unfortunately became Secretary of State in 2009.

The terms of the agreement has Clinton promising that the foundation would notify the State Department's ethics official in all cases in which a foreign government wished to donate or if a foreign donor wished to "increase materially" its contributions. 

In other words, Hillary Clinton should have notified the State Department even before the money was received so that the State Department could determine whether the foreign government was buying influence through Clinton and her position in government.

It's becoming increasingly clear that it's going to take a lot more than Hillary merely breaking the law as a knee-jerk reaction to put her away.

The million dollars was pledged in 2011 to mark Bill Clinton's 65th birthday. It certainly beats getting a tie or shirt.

Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation's foreign policy director, sent out an email to colleagues saying the Qataris wanted to meet Bill Clinton "'for five minutes' in NYC to present [the] check." This was during Hillary's time as Secretary of State, a position she held and abused until Feb. 2013.

The foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra said the "gift" didn't constitute a "material increase" in Qatar's contributions.

The State Department said it had no record of the donation from the terrorist-funding nation and said  it was up to the foundation to submit it for review, which evidently, they didn't.

This was not an isolated incident in which a foreign country has given oodles of money to the Clinton Foundation, and it constitutes a serious conflict of interest at worst, or a serious lack in judgment at best.

I would put my money on both.

Donald Trump has often called for Hillary Clinton to return donations from countries that have poor human rights records, but the chances of that are about the same as a goldfish learning algebra.

The Foundation admitted that no complete list of donors to the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a health program of the foundation's, has been published since 2010, despite Clinton lying 2 years prior that a list would be published annually. 

Then we have Morocco.

Right after the first presidential debate in which Hillary skirted a question about charges of "pay to play" at the Clinton Foundation, another trove of WikiLeaks emails came out with charges that Hillary herself was at the heart of the $12 million commitment from Morocco's King Mohammed VI. 

The most remarkable elements of the charge is that the allegation came from Huma Weiner Abedin, Hillary's closest aide said to be like a "daughter" to her. Huma described the connection in a January 2015 email exchange with two top advisers to Hillary, John Podesta and Robby Mook.

Huma wrote that "this was HRC's idea" that she [Hillary] speak at a meeting of the Clinton Foundation in Morocco in May 2015 as an explicit condition for the $12 million commitment from the king.

Abedin wrote: "It will break a lot of china to back out now when we had so many opportunities to do it in the past few months. She created this mess and she knows it."

The "mess" partially involves the fact that the three advisers were talking about Clinton pulling out of the speaking engagement because it was scheduled only a month prior to her official launch of her presidential campaign and would look suspiciously unethical.

Hillary unethical? Who'd a thunk?

Huma wrote back later the same day suggesting that the king would be furious if Hillary pulled out of the event.

What was originally thought to be a $1 million payout by Morocco turned out to be $12 million and that was just too many greenbacks to pass up. This showed just how big a role Clinton played in bringing in the money to the foundation--but a clear conflict of interest.

"Just to give you some context, the condition upon which the Moroccans agreed to host the meeting was her participation," Huma wrote. "If hrc was not part if (sic) it, meeting was a non-starter." She also added that the foundation had not come up with the idea to hold the event in Morocco--that idea was Hillary's:
"This was HRC's idea, our office approached the Moroccans and they 100 percent believe they are doing this at her request. The King has personally committed approx $12 million both for the endowment and to support the meeting."
One can only wonder what big foreign donors to the Clinton Global Initiative got in return for the 'gifts' they gave to Hillary and her posse. 

And one can only wonder what it will take for justice to be served with the Clintons.