Conflicts of interest seem to follow the Clintons with total impunity. While Hillary (and the frothing liberal media) are gearing up for her probable run in 2016, they appear to ignore all conflicts of interest (and even, reportedly, a possible 47 mysterious murders or deaths surrounding acquaintances or business associates of those two.)
There was some deal struck between Obama and the Clintons before he appointed her to be Sec. of State. In Nov 2007, he invited her to be with him on his plane. No one seems to know what transpired there. He didn’t want her too close to him as V.P, but he owed her something.
The alarm bells began ringing, not only because of the Clintons’ long history of corruption– the long list of women abused and smeared, but also their propensity to peddle influence to the highest bidder. How could this compromise or influence U.S. Diplomatic policy? The possibilities for high stakes dealing were endless.
In 2011, Judicial Watch, a government watchdog, began asking questions and seeking information, only to be stonewalled by Obama and his administration. Now, they are forced to go to the court to get this needed information. On May 28, 2013, a FOIA lawsuit was filed by JW against the Dept. of State to obtain documents of possible conflicts of interest between the actions taken by Hillary Clinton as Sec. of State and Bill’s activities with his Global Initiative. The following records are sought with any and all certifications or divestiture for Mrs. Clinton:
- Any waivers issued to or for Mrs. Clinton, or anything applicable (ethics stature, regulation, or agreements.)
- Any and all records of communication, including phone logs related to Mr. Clinton’s speech schedule.
- Any and all communications including but not limited to e-mail, fax reports, and phone logs related to Mr. Clinton’s personal or charitable financial relationship with foreign leaders and governments. The State has failed to produce any record to these requests.
In the meantime, the former President released a list of 200,000 donors to his library and foundation with what he termed a deal between Obama and Hillary.This deal reportedly included nine conditions to which Bill agreed, including a ban on foreign government contributions to the Clinton Global Initiative. According to an AP story, Saudi Arabia gave $25 million to the foundation. Other government donors include Norway, Kuwait, Qator, Brunei, Onan, and more.
This is about the potential undermining of our national interest in exchange for contributions to the Clinton’s coffers (for Hillary to build up for her 2016 run?)
The ethics division of the State Dept. appointed Cheryl Mills (Clinton’s former deputy counsel) to review these conditions. Ms. Mills tried to silence Gary Hicks in the Benghazi hearings. She was also named Sec. of State’s Hillary’s chief of staff.
But, as Hillary said, “What Difference Does it Make?”
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