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Bill's Hail Mary

- September 21, 2016

As Bill Attempts To Clear CGI's Name, Don't Expect Him To Mention Any Of These 15 Stories That Demonstrate Donors Got Favorable Treatment


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Today, Bill Clinton will address the final Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in New York City.
  • Bill Clinton plans to try to save-face on his namesake Foundation which has only caused headaches for Hillary's 2016 run.
  • Even today, fresh headlines are coming in regarding shady Foundation business, making it even more obvious why Bill is desperate to clear his Foundation's name.
  • In his address, Bill is sure to gloss over all of the egregious examples of pay-to-play that have been taking their toll on Clinton's trustworthy ratings with voters and have tarnished the reputation of his charity.

 


Today, Bill Clinton Is Giving His Final Speech At The Clinton Global Initiative In New York City. "Former president Bill Clinton will address criticism of the Clinton Foundation head-on Wednesday during a speech to the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. And to hear Politico tell it, it will be an emotional, impassioned defense of the foundation's work." (Aaron Blake, "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense," The Washington Post , 9/21/16)

IN BILL'S FAREWELL SPEECH, HE IS EXPECTED TO DEFEND A FOUNDATION THAT "HAS BECOME A CLEAR LIABILITY"

Today Bill Will Try "To Clear The Name Of A Foundation That Has Caused Controversy In The 2016 Race." "His wife's operatives are hunkered down in debate prep but Bill Clinton is waging a campaign of his own, trying to clear the name of a Foundation that has caused controversy in the 2016 race." (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense," Politico, 9/21/16)

Bill Clinton Has Been Trying To Make The Case That The Controversy Surrounding The Foundation Is "Overblown." "Bill Clinton has indeed done a round of media this week defending the foundation and making the case that the controversy is overblown. He has spoken with CBS, NPR and CNBC in advance of this week's Clinton Global Initiative to press the case and help the Clinton campaign move beyond it." (Aaron Blake, "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense," The Washington Post , 9/21/16)

  • The Clinton's Haven't Put To Rest The Questions That A "Strong Majority Of Americans" Have Surrounding The Foundation. "And in the minds of a strong majority of Americans, the Clintons clearly haven't put those questions to rest." (Aaron Blake, "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense," The Washington Post , 9/21/16)

Bill Is Trying To Clean Up What Is "A Clear Liability"

The Washington Post Headline: "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense" (Aaron Blake, "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense," The Washington Post , 9/21/16)

CBS News Headline: "Bill Clinton Will Defend Clinton Foundation In Clinton Global Initiative Speech" (Rebecca Shabad, "Bill Clinton Will Defend Clinton Foundation In Clinton Global Initiative Speech," CBS News, 9/21/16)

Politico Headline: "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense" (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense," Politico , 9/21/16)

The Foundation Has Become A "Liability" For Clinton's 2016 Run. "While Bill Clinton and the Clinton campaign's supporters are clearly apoplectic that a charitable foundation that has done so much good work has become a potential liability for them in 2016, the fact remains that it has." (Aaron Blake, "The Clinton Foundation Has Become A Clear Liability, As Bill Clinton Mounts His Big Defense," The Washington Post , 9/21/16)

Bill's Post-Presidential Work With The Foundation Has Turned Into A "Political Obstacle For Hillary…Adding To The Damaging Perception That The Democratic Nominee Is Untrustworthy." "He also is expected to make an impassioned argument that the Clinton Foundation has improved lives around the world - a statement he hopes will serve as a powerful rebuke of the controversy that has turned his post-presidential work into a political obstacle for Hillary Clinton, adding to the damaging perception that the Democratic nominee is untrustworthy." (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense," Politico, 9/21/16)

Bill Already Announced In August That CGI Will Cease To Exist After This Year, But Even Clinton's Allies Worry Its Too Little Too Late

In August, Changes To The Foundation Were Announced To "Head Off Ethics Concerns" About Future Pay-To-Play. "Last week, the Clinton Foundation moved to head off ethics concerns about future donations by announcing changes planned if Clinton is elected." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

Bill Clinton Announced That CGI Will Cease To Exist After The 2016 Meeting In September. "Finally, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has accomplished even more than I dreamed when it began in 2005, and we've made the decision that the Annual Meeting this September will be the last, and that we will no longer hold our CGI America meetings." (Bill Clinton, "Empowering People To Build Better Futures For Themselves, Their Families And Their Communities," The Clinton Foundation , 8/22/16)

Democrats Have Said They Were "Baffled By The Former President's Decision To Carry On With The Conference At All." "But with 48 days left in this contest -- and voters in focus groups still expressing concern about what they view as inside dealing for Foundation donors seeking special access -- many Democrats said they were baffled by the former President's decision to carry on with the conference at all." (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense," Politico, 9/21/16)

Clinton Allies Worry That Bill's Decision To Attend The Conference Is "An Unforced Error" That Will "Cede The Spotlight To The Wrong Clinton Just As" Hillary Needs To Make Her Case To Voters. "The Foundation in August announced it would no longer accept corporate or foreign contributions if Hillary Clinton wins the White House and that CGI would come to an end, regardless of the election outcome. But even allies worried that this year's conference was an unforced error that served only to cede the spotlight to the wrong Clinton just as the Democratic nominee needs to promote her own case to voters." (Annie Karni, "Bill Clinton Preps His Defense," Politico, 9/21/16)

WHILE BILL FEIGNS IGNORANCE, A STEADY DRIP, DRIP OF STORIES SHOW CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT DONORS SOUGHT AND RECEIVED SPECIAL TREATMENT

Bill Has Claimed To Be "Unaware" Of Special Privileges Given To Clinton Foundation Donors

Just Last Week, Bill Claimed He Was "Unaware" Of Any Instance Where Clinton Foundation Donors Were Granted Special Access To Hillary Clinton's State Department. "Former President Bill Clinton, who spoke with CBS News' Charlie Rose about the Clinton Foundation ahead of its final CGI conference, said Monday that he's 'unaware' of any instance in which a Clinton Foundation donor ever received special treatment from Hillary Clinton's State Department. The foundation, he said, has been 'as transparent as we can be.'" (Emily Schultheis, "Bill Clinton On Clinton Foundation: 'We've Been As Transparent As We Can Be," CBS News, 9/12/16)

Bill Clinton Said "To The Best Of My Knowledge Nobody Ever Got Anything From The State Department Because They Supported The Clinton Foundation." "'I have said to the best of my knowledge nobody ever got anything from the State Department because they supported the Clinton Foundation,' he told Rose. 'If they did and it was inappropriate, I would say that was wrong too. I have proved that I'm not averse to apologizing for things that I think were wrong. So I am unaware of that.'" (Emily Schultheis, "Bill Clinton On Clinton Foundation: 'We've Been As Transparent As We Can Be," CBS News, 9/12/16)

#1: Bill Was Paid Six Figures For A Speech Before The Fragrance Industry, Then His Foundation Received A Donation And Took Action In Haiti Benefitting The Sponsor And Donor

Today's Wall Street Journal Front Page Headline: "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Work" (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Work."The Wall Street Journal , 9/20/16)

In January 2014 The Fragrance Foundation Paid President Clinton $260,000 For A Speech To Their Organization. "The Fragrance Foundation, a trade group for the perfume industry, paid former President Bill Clinton $260,000 to give a speech in January 2014 that lasted less than hour." (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business," The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/16)

  • "Mr. Clinton's $260,000 Speaking Fee Wasn't A Donation To The Foundation But Was Reported As Personal Income…" "Mr. Clinton's $260,000 speaking fee wasn't a donation to the foundation but was reported as personal income-an honorarium-on the candidate financial-disclosure form of his wife, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee." (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business," The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/16)

In The Months After The Speech, The "Clinton Foundation Organized And Partially Funded An Effort To Get Hundreds Of Farmers In Haiti To Plant Thousands Of Lime Trees." "In the months after the talk, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation organized and partially funded an effort to get hundreds of farmers in Haiti to plant thousands of lime trees, a project designed to help both the impoverished farmers and the perfume and beverage industries, which had been hurt by a spike in lime prices caused by drought and crop blight." (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business," The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/16)

The Project Was "Designed To Help" The Perfume And Beverage Industries, "Which Had Been Hurt By A Spike In Lime Prices Caused By Drought And Crop Blight." "In the months after the talk, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation organized and partially funded an effort to get hundreds of farmers in Haiti to plant thousands of lime trees, a project designed to help both the impoverished farmers and the perfume and beverage industries, which had been hurt by a spike in lime prices caused by drought and crop blight." (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business," The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/16)

"The Timing Of Bill Clinton's Speech Income, From A Perfume Trade Group In Which A Large Member Would Later Benefit From A Clinton Foundation Project In Haiti, Represents The Kind Of Overlapping Of Private And Charitable Interests That Has Become A Political Liability For His Wife As She Runs For Office." (James Grimaldi, "Bill Clinton's Speaking Fee Overlaps With Foundation Business," The Wall Street Journal, 9/20/16)

#2: Over Half Of Clinton's State Department Meetings With Non-Government Individuals Were Directly Linked To Foundation Donors

More Than Half Of The Non-Government People That Clinton Met With At The State Department Were Donors To The Clinton Foundation. "More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

The 85 Of The 154 Individuals With Private Interests Clinton Met With Or Talked To Over The Phone Had Contributed As Much As $156 Million To The Foundation. "They are among at least 85 of 154 people with private interests who either met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton and also gave to her family's charities, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. The 154 does not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

The Frequency Of The Meetings "Shows The Intermingling Of Access And Donations, And Fuels Perceptions That Giving The Foundation Money Was The Price Of Admission For Face Time With Clinton." "But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors." (Stephen Braun and Eileen Sullivan, "Clinton Foundation Donors Got Face Time With Her At State," The Associated Press , 8/24/16)

#3: Clinton Had Private Meetings With Foundation Donors At The State Department, Discussing The U.S.'s Mideast Policy

Daniel Abraham Has Given Between $5 And $10 Million To The Clinton Foundation. "Abraham has given $5 million to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation and donated $1.2 million in 2012 to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC supporting Clinton in 2016. Abraham told the AP that he assumed that he and Clinton discussed Mideast policy during their contacts." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Opened State Department Office To Dozens Of Corporate Donors, Dem Fundraisers," The Associated Press , 11/30/15)

Abraham Secured At Least Three Meetings With Clinton When She Was Secretary Of State, And Was Slated To Meet Three Other Times With The Billionaire. "Clinton favored a select group of visitors - at least two dozen - for repeated meetings. Abraham, the billionaire behind SlimFast diet products and chairman of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace, met with Clinton at least three times and was slated to meet her three other times, according to her calendars and schedules. Clinton's calendars showed they met at her office in May 2009 and October 2010. Clinton also spoke at an Abraham Center event in April 2010." (Stephen Braun, "Clinton Opened State Department Office To Dozens Of Corporate Donors, Dem Fundraisers," The Associated Press , 11/30/15)

Abraham And Clinton "Typically Discussed Mideast Policy." "Four meetings with S. Daniel Abraham, a multimillionaire who founded the Center for Mideast Peace, were noted in Clinton's calendar. But in four other sessions - including two listed only as 'private meeting' - Abraham's name was omitted. Abraham, a prolific fundraiser for Clinton's 2008 campaign who has donated $3 million to a super PAC backing Clinton in 2016, told the AP last year that he and Clinton typically discussed Mideast policy." (Stephen Braun, "Hillary Clinton's State Department Calendar Is Missing Lots Of Entries,"The Associated Press, 6/25/16)

#4: Clinton Hired A Foundation Donor's Son At The State Department

As Of February 2015, Vinod Gupta Has Donated Between $1,000,001 And $5,000,000 To The Clinton Foundation, Including A Donation In 2014. (Clinton Foundation, Accessed 3/16/16)

Mr. Gupta's LinkedIn Profile States That He Is A Trustee At The William J. Clinton Foundation. "Gupta is the founder of the World Education Foundation and a Trustee at the William J. Clinton Foundation." (Vinod Gupta, LinkedIn, Accessed 3/16/16)

Vinod Gupta's Son, Ben Gupta, Worked For The "State Department's Global Partnership Initiative, Where He Served Under Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton" And Bill And Hillary Clinton Spoke At His Funeral In 2012. "The JD and MBA candidate worked as a coordinator for the State Department's Global Partnership Initiative, where he served under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The former first lady, a family friend of the Guptas, spoke passionately about his service, lauding him as 'a great representative of our country.'" (Chloe Sorvino, "Hundreds Gather To Remember Business And Law Student As Passionate Leader," George Washington Hatchet, 1/30/12)

#5: A Foundation Donor Seeking To Do Business In Cuba Got A Meeting With Clinton To Discuss Her Foreign Policy

In 2014, Fanjul Began To "Tentatively Eye Cuba As A Place For Him And Other U.S. Businessmen To Expand Their Enterprises." "Now, contrary to what almost anyone could have imagined, the 76-year-old Fanjul has begun to reassess old grievances and tentatively eye Cuba as a place for him and other U.S. businessmen to expand their enterprises." (Peter Wallsten, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger, "Sugar Tycoon Alfonso Fanjul Now Open To Investing In Cuba Under 'Right Circumstances,'" The Washington Post , 2/4/14)

  • Fanjul Visited Cuba In 2012 And 2013, As Part Of A Think Tank Delegation Which Called On The Obama Administration To Further Loosen Cuban Sanctions. "Fanjul visited Cuba in April 2012 and again in February 2013 as part of a delegation licensed through the Brookings Institution, the Washington think tank that has produced recent papers criticizing U.S. policy and calling on the Obama administration to further loosen sanctions." (Peter Wallsten, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger, "Sugar Tycoon Alfonso Fanjul Now Open To Investing In Cuba Under 'Right Circumstances,'" The Washington Post , 2/4/14)
  • Fanjul's Trips In 2012 And 2013 "Coincided With Calls By President Raul Castro To Rapidly Revive Cuba's Moribund Sugar Industry." "Fanjul's Brookings-organized trips coincided with calls by President Raúl Castro to rapidly revive Cuba's moribund sugar industry. Castro has begun permitting foreign companies to participate in sugar production for the first time since the 1959 revolution, and Brazilian firms would be likely candidates to seize new opportunities in Cuba." (Peter Wallsten, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger, "Sugar Tycoon Alfonso Fanjul Now Open To Investing In Cuba Under 'Right Circumstances,'" The Washington Post , 2/4/14)
  • Fanjul Trips To Cuba To Included Meetings With "Top Cuban Officials." "Quietly, without fanfare, Fanjul has started visiting the island of his birth and having conversations with top Cuban officials." (Peter Wallsten, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger, "Sugar Tycoon Alfonso Fanjul Now Open To Investing In Cuba Under 'Right Circumstances,'" The Washington Post , 2/4/14)

Following His First Trip To Cuba, Fanjul Met With Then-Secretary Clinton To Discuss Foreign Policy, And In That Same Year, He Met With Bill And Hillary At His Home For A Clinton Foundation Fundraiser. "After returning from his first trip, Fanjul met with his good friend, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, to express his changing views on Cuba. In November, Fanjul once again discussed his evolving mind-set with Clinton and her husband at a Clinton Foundation fundraiser in the Miami home of Cuban American businessman Paul Cejas, a former U.S. ambassador to Belgium." (Peter Wallsten, Manuel Roig-Franzia and Tom Hamburger, "Sugar Tycoon Alfonso Fanjul Now Open To Investing In Cuba Under 'Right Circumstances,'" The Washington Post , 2/4/14)

#6: Clinton's State Department Aides Readily Responded To Requests From Foundation Officials To Have Special Meetings Between A U.S. Diplomat And A Foundation Donor

The Latest Emails "Raised New Questions About Whether The Charitable Foundation Worked To Reward Its Donors With Access And Influence At The State Department…" "The documents raised new questions about whether the charitable foundation worked to reward its donors with access and influence at the State Department, a charge that Mrs. Clinton has faced in the past and has always denied." (Eric Lichtblau, "Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation And State Dept. Overlap," The New York Times , 8/9/16)

"In One Email Exchange, For Instance, An Executive At The Clinton Foundation In 2009 Sought To Put A Billionaire Donor In Touch With The United States Ambassador To Lebanon Because Of The Donor's Interests There." (Eric Lichtblau, "Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation And State Dept. Overlap," The New York Times , 8/9/16)

  • The New York Post Headline: "New Emails Show Huma Scheming For Hillary" (Daniel Halper, "New Emails Show Huma Scheming For Hillary," The New York Post, 8/9/16)
  • The New Emails Reveal Clinton "Aides Doing Favors For Billionaires…" "Another 296 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails were released Tuesday - exposing key Clinton aides doing favors for billionaires and, on one occasion, leaving the then-secretary of state's daily schedule in an unlocked hotel room. The documents were released by Judicial Watch, which is suing to recover Clinton's emails under Freedom of Information Act laws." (Daniel Halper, "New Emails Show Huma Scheming For Hillary," The New York Post, 8/9/16)
  • The Meeting Was For Gilbert Chagoury Who Is A Lebanese-Nigerian Billionaire Who Has Given Between $1 And $5 Million To The Clinton Foundation. "'We need Gilbert Chagoury to speak to the substance person re Lebanon. As you know, he's key guy there and to us and is loved in Lebanon.' Chagoury is a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire and a Clinton Foundation donor, giving somewhere between $1 million and $5 million." (Daniel Halper, "New Emails Show Huma Scheming For Hillary," The New York Post, 8/9/16)
  • Chagoury Was Convicted Of Money Laundering In 2000, And Paid A $66 Million Plea Deal. "The construction magnate has financial interests around the world and was convicted in Switzerland in 2000 for money laundering. He paid $66 million in a plea deal." (Daniel Halper, "New Emails Show Huma Scheming For Hillary," The New York Post, 8/9/16)

#7: Clinton's State Department Aides Helped A Clinton Foundation Associate Get A Job

The Hill Headline: "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate" (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate," The Hill, 8/9/16)

The New York Post Editorial Headline: "Want A Job? Give To The Clinton Foundation Right Away!" (Editorial Board, "Want A Job? Give To The Clinton Foundation Right Away!,"The New York Post, 8/9/16)

In Another Email, The Foundation Pushed Clinton's Aides To Help Find A Job For A Foundation Associate, And Her Aides "Indicated That The Department Was Working On The Request." " In another email, the foundation appeared to push aides to Mrs. Clinton to help find a job for a foundation associate. Her aides indicated that the department was working on the request." (Eric Lichtblau, "Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation And State Dept. Overlap," The New York Times , 8/9/16)

  • The Hill Headline: "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate" (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate,"The Hill , 8/9/16)
  • When Clinton Was Secretary Of State, Her Senior Aides Were Pressed By A "Long Time Confidante With Deep Ties To The Clinton Foundation" To Give A Job To An "Unidentified Male." "Shortly after Hillary Clinton took the reins as U.S. secretary of State in 2009, a longtime confidante with deep ties to the Clinton Foundation pressed her senior aides to give a job to an unidentified male associate." (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate,"The Hill , 8/9/16)

In An Email From Doug Band With The Subject Line "A Favor…" Clinton's Aides Were Told It Was "Important To Take Care Of" The Individual. "'Important to take care of' the person, Douglas Band told Clinton aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Nora Toiv in an April 22, 2009, email with the subject line 'A favor…'. The name of the aide is redacted." (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate," The Hill, 8/9/16)

  • Band Had Previously Served As An Aide To Bill Clinton And Has Performed "Multiple Duties For The Clinton Foundation." "Band previously served as an aide to former President Bill Clinton and has performed multiple duties for the Clinton Foundation. He is also a founding partner and president of Teneo Holdings, the consulting firm." (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate,"The Hill , 8/9/16)
  • Top Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Responded Saying "We Have All Had Him On Our Radar…" "'We have all had him on our radar,' Abedin responded. 'Personnel has been sending him options.'" (Julian Hattem, "In Email, State Asked To 'Take Care Of' Clinton Foundation Associate,"The Hill , 8/9/16)

#8: Clinton's Top State Department Officials Were Tipping Off Foundation Officials About National Security Precautions

Politico Headline: "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show" (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

Clinton Forwarded An Email Regarding A Lack Of BlackBerry Access While In Russia To Top Clinton Foundation Official Doug Band As Well As Other Top Clinton Insiders. "'Fyi for tues and wed. We won't have berries in russia,' Abedin wrote in a subsequent email, forwarding her message to top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band and others, including Hannah Richert, a director at the Clinton Presidential Center; Oscar Flores, manager of the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York, home; Jon Davidson, Bill Clinton's deputy chief of staff; and Justin Cooper, an aide to the former president whose name is registered as the owner of Clinton's personal server." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

  • Huma Added That They Would Not Be Using BlackBerries "For Security Reasons…" "Cooper responded to Abedin, asking, 'Are they taking them from u. Bc ur clintonemail.com shld work'. 'Its for security reasons,' Abedin responded. 'I don't want to use that one either'" (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

"The Latest Email Release Comes As The Democratic Nominee Faces Renewed Scrutiny Over The Relationship Between Her Family's Foundation And The State Department In Her Four Years In Office." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

During Clinton's Visit To Russia In 2009, Abedin Sent Emails Saying "They Would Not Be Using Their BlackBerry Devices In Moscow, Expressing That She Did Not Feel Comfortable Using Her Clintonemail.com Address…" "When Secretary of State Hillary Clinton traveled to Russia in October 2009, top aide Huma Abedin wrote an email to other department officials advising that they would not be using their BlackBerry devices in Moscow, expressing that she did not feel comfortable using her clintonemail.com address in addition to her State account." (Nick Gass, "Clinton Aide Abedin Concerned About Email Security In Russia, Documents Show," Politico, 8/30/16)

#9: Foundation Officials Placed Donors At The Best Tables For State Luncheons

ABC News Headline: "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show" (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

  • These Emails Offer "Fresh Insight On Contact Between The Clinton Foundation And Hillary Clinton's Inner Circle While She Was Secretary Of State." "A series of newly released State Department emails obtained by ABC News offers fresh insight on direct contact between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton's inner circle while she was Secretary of State." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

The 2010 Emails Reveal Top-Foundation Official Doug Band Emailing Clinton's Closest State Department Aide Huma Abedin About An Official State Department Lunch With The Chinese President. "In one December 2010 email chain with Clinton's closest aide Huma Abedin, then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band offers names for a State Department lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao scheduled for January 2011." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

Band Asked For Three Foundation Donors To Be On The List For The State Department Lunch; The Then-President Of UBS, The President Of The Rockefeller Foundation And The CEO Of Western Union. "On the list were three executives from organizations that have donated millions to the Clinton Foundation: Bob McCann, the then-president of wealth management at UBS; Dr. Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation; and Hikmet Ersek, the CEO of Western Union. According to the Foundation website, the UBS Wealth Management USA has contributed between $500,001 and $1 million to the Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation has given between $10 million and $25 million, while Western Union and its foundation has contributed between $1 million and $5 million." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

  • Band Then Followed Up Two Weeks Later Asking For One Of The Foundation Donors To Be At The Vice President's Table, Abedin Responded: "I'll Ask." "Nearly two weeks later, Band followed up on email, specifically requesting Rodin be seated at Vice President Joe Biden's table. 'I'll ask,' Abedin replied." (Johnathan Karl, Devin Dwyer, and Benjamin Siegel, "Clinton Foundation Official Requests State Lunch Invitation, Special Seating for Foundation Allies, Emails Show," ABC News, 8/27/16)

#10: Hillary Clinton Bailed Out UBS, Then They Paid Bill And Gave To The Foundation

Clinton Intervened On Behalf Of UBS To Broker A Deal With Federal Prosecutors, A Situation Which Was "Unusual" For A "Top U.S. Diplomat." "The UBS case is unusual in that it shows a top U.S. diplomat intervening on behalf of a major overseas bank in a situation where federal prosecutors and the Justice Department had been the lead entity." (Ed Henry, "Swiss Bank's Donations To Clinton Foundation Increased After Hillary Intervention In IRS Dispute," Fox News, 7/30/15)

After Clinton Announced The Tentative Legal Settlement, "UBS's Engagement With The Clinton Family's Charitable Organization Increased." "From that point on, UBS's engagement with the Clinton family's charitable organization increased." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "UBS Deal Shows Clinton's Complicated Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/15)

"Total Donations By UBS To The Clinton Foundation Grew From Less Than $60,000 Through 2008 To A Cumulative Total Of About $600,000 By The End Of 2014…" "Total donations by UBS to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 through 2008 to a cumulative total of about $600,000 by the end of 2014, according the foundation and the bank." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "UBS Deal Shows Clinton's Complicated Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/15)

Bill Clinton Was Also Paid $1.5 Million From UBS To "Participate In A Series Of Question-And-Answer Sessions With UBS Wealth Management Chief Executive Bob McCann…" "And it paid former president Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of question-and-answer sessions with UBS Wealth Management Chief Executive Bob McCann, making UBS his biggest single corporate source of speech income disclosed since he left the White House." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "UBS Deal Shows Clinton's Complicated Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/15)

  • The $1.5 Million In Speech Income Made "UBS [Bill Clinton's] Biggest Single Corporate Source Of Speech Income Disclosed Since He Left The White House." "And it paid former president Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of question-and-answer sessions with UBS Wealth Management Chief Executive Bob McCann, making UBS his biggest single corporate source of speech income disclosed since he left the White House." (James V. Grimaldi and Rebecca Ballhaus, "UBS Deal Shows Clinton's Complicated Ties," The Wall Street Journal, 7/30/15)

#11: Clinton Okayed Giving Russia A Bigger Control Of The World's Uranium Supply, While Foundation Donors And Bill Got Rich

In 2010 When The Russians Wanted To Up Their Stake In A Uranium Company Called Uranium One To 51 Percent, Giving Them A Controlling Stake, It Set Off "Alarm Bells" In America. " But it was the 2010 deal, giving the Russians a controlling 51 percent stake, that set off alarm bells." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, " Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

  • This Russian Buyout Was Considered A "Generous Offer To Shareholders" Of Uranium One. "And within a year, the Russian government substantially upped the ante, with a generous offer to shareholders that would give it a 51 percent controlling stake." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)
  • Uranium One's Chairman Was Canadian Ian Telfer. "The new company, which kept the Uranium One name, was controlled by UrAsia investors including Ian Telfer, a Canadian who became chairman." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

The Power To Sign Off On The Uranium Deal Rests With "The Committee On Foreign Investment In The United States." "When a company controlled by the Chinese government sought a 51 percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a secretive review process in Washington, where officials raised concerns primarily about the mine's proximity to a military installation, but also about the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. The officials killed the deal. Such is the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

  • Secretary Clinton Was On This Committee. "Such is the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee comprises some of the most powerful members of the cabinet, including the attorney general, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy, and the secretary of state." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

Telfer's Family Charity Is Called The Fernwood Foundation, Which Donated Millions "During And After The Critical Time When The Foreign Investment Committee Was Reviewing His Deal With The Russians." "But a review of tax records in Canada, where Mr. Telfer has a family charity called the Fernwood Foundation, shows that he donated millions of dollars more, during and after the critical time when the foreign investment committee was reviewing his deal with the Russians." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

  • In 2009, The Fernwood Foundation Donated $1 Million, The Same Year Uranium One "Appealed To The American Embassy To Help Keep Its Mines In Kazakhstan, $250,000 In 2010, The Year The Russians Sought Majority Control; As Well As $600,000 In 2011 And $500,000 In 2012." "His donations through the Fernwood Foundation included $1 million reported in 2009, the year his company appealed to the American Embassy to help it keep its mines in Kazakhstan; $250,000 in 2010, the year the Russians sought majority control; as well as $600,000 in 2011 and $500,000 in 2012." (Jo Becker and Mike McIntire, "Cash Flowed To Clinton Foundation As Russians Pressed For Control Of Uranium Company," The New York Times , 4/23/15)

#12: Clinton Attempted To Place A Foundation Donor On A International Government Security Board With No Experience

As Secretary Of State, Clinton Appointed Rajiv Fernando To The International Security Board. "Today, the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) met with Under Secretary Bill Burns, Under Secretary Ellen Tauscher, Special Advisor Robert Einhorn, Assistant Secretary Rose Gottemoeller, Assistant Secretary Andrew Shapiro and Acting Assistant Secretary Vann Van Diepen. … The meeting marked the first gathering of ISAB members appointed by Secretary Clinton. … Mr. Rajiv "Raj" Fernando, CEO and founder of Chopper Trading;" ("Meeting Of The International Security Advisory Board," U.S. State Department, 7/12/11)

Fernando Was Appointed To The State Department's International Security Advisory Board By Clinton's Chief Of Staff Cheryl Mills At Her "Insistence." "The newly released emails reveal that after ABC News started asking questions in August 2011, a State Department official who worked with the advisory board couldn't immediately come up with a justification for Fernando serving on the panel. His and other emails make repeated references to 'S'; ABC News has been told this is a common way to refer to the Secretary of State. 'The true answer is simply that S staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,' wrote Wade Boese, who was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in an email to Mannina, the press aide. 'Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.'" (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

"Hillary Clinton's State Department Aides Rushed A Top Secret Security Clearance For A Democratic Donor In Order To Place Him In A Government Position For Which He Was Not Qualified." (Sarah Westwood, "Clinton Aides Rushed Top Secret Clearance For Foundation Donor," The Washington Examiner, 6/16/16)

  • "Fernando's Lack Of Any Known Background In Nuclear Security Caught The Attention Of Several Board Members" And "Emails Show That Confusion Ensued Among The Career Government Officials Who Work With The Advisory Panel." "Fernando's lack of any known background in nuclear security caught the attention of several board members, and when ABC News first contacted the State Department in August 2011 seeking a copy of his resume, the emails show that confusion ensued among the career government officials who work with the advisory panel." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)
  • The Decision To Add Fernando To The Board With "No Obvious Experience In The Field…Appeared To Baffle The Department's Professional Staff." "Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department's professional staff." (Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Cho Park, "How Clinton Donor Got On Sensitive Intelligence Board," ABC News, 6/10/16)

Fernando's Appointment To The International Security Advisory Board Was Unusual, As A Seat On That Board Had "Not Traditionally Been Viewed As A Perk For Major Donors." "More than two dozen of the president's top fundraisers received ambassadorships during his first term, and dozens more have been placed in various key posts in his administration. Fernando's appointment stands out, however, because a seat on the International Security Advisory Board has not traditionally been viewed as a perk for major donors." (Brian Ross, Matthew Mosk, and Megan Chuchmach, "Obama, Clinton Fundraiser Appointed To National Security Panel,"ABC News , 9/5/12)

#13: Clinton Injected A Donor Company's Interests Into State Department's Negotiations With Russia, Resulting In A $3.7 Billion Contract

The Washington Post Headline: "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship" (Rosalind S. Helderman, "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship," The Washington Post , 4/13/14)

As Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton Visited Moscow, Russia In October 2009 And Persuaded The Russian Government To Sign A "Multibillion-Dollar Deal To Buy Dozens Of Aircraft From Boeing." "On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship," The Washington Post , 4/13/14)

  • Clinton's Visit To Russia Was Dominated By Discussion Of Iranian Sanctions, But She Made Clear That A "Top Priority Was Boeing's Interest In Selling Planes" To Russian Airline, Rosavia. "Clinton's October 2009 visit to Russia was dominated by discussion of Iranian sanctions, but she made clear that a top priority was Boeing's interest in selling planes for use by a new state-owned Russian airline, Rosavia." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship," The Washington Post , 4/13/14)

Clinton Helped Secure A $3.7 Billion Deal To Sell 50 Boeing 737s To State-Owned Russian Technologies. "In 2009 she toured a Boeing plant in Moscow and met with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to persuade state-owned Russian Technologies to buy 50 Boeing 737s instead of jets made by Airbus. That $3.7 billion deal was one of several large contracts Clinton helped clinch for Boeing (BA)." (Elizabeth Dwoskin, "Hillary Clinton's Business Legacy At The State Department," BusinessWeek, 1/10/13)

Two Months After Boeing Secured Its $3.7 Billion Russia Deal And Months Before It Secured The $1.5 Billion Vietnam Deal, The Company Announced A $900,000 Contribution To The Clinton Foundation To Rebuild Schools In Haiti. "In 2010, two months after Boeing won its $3.7 billion Russia deal, the company announced a $900,000 contribution to the William J. Clinton Foundation intended to rebuild schools in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The foundation, which Hillary Clinton now helps lead with her husband and daughter, has become a popular charity for major corporations." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship," The Washington Post , 4/13/14)

Boeing Has Donated Between $1 And $5 Million To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Global Initiative, Accessed 2/12/16)

Timothy Keating, Senior Vice President, Government Operations, The Boeing Company, Has Donated Between $10,000 And $25,000 To The Clinton Foundation. (Clinton Global Initiative, Accessed 2/12/16)

In April 2014, Tim Keating, A Lobbyist For Boeing, Co-Hosted A Fundraiser For Ready For Hillary. "The company's ties came into play again this month when its in-house lobbyist, former Bill Clinton aide Tim Keating, co-hosted a fundraiser for Ready for Hillary, the super PAC backing her potential presidential run." (Rosalind S. Helderman, "For Hillary Clinton And Boeing, A Beneficial Relationship," The Washington Post , 4/13/14)

#14: While Hillary Clinton Was In The Drivers Seat Of America's Foreign Policy, Bill's Speaking Fees Dramatically Increased From Many Companies And Groups Who Had Matters Before The State Department, Often Resulting In Beneficial Outcomes

ABC News Headline: "Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary Of State" (Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross, "Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary Of State," ABC News, 4/23/15)

After Hillary Became Secretary Of State, Bill Clinton "Began To Collect Speaking Fees That Often Doubled Or Tripled What He Had Been Charging Earlier In His Post White House Years." "After his wife became Secretary of State, former President Bill Clinton began to collect speaking fees that often doubled or tripled what he had been charging earlier in his post White House years, bringing in millions of dollars from groups that included several with interests pending before the State Department, an ABC News review of financial disclosure records shows." (Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross, "Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary Of State," ABC News, 4/23/15)

More Than Two Dozen Companies And Groups And One Foreign Government Paid Bill Clinton To Give A Speech Around The Time They Also Had Matters Before Clinton's State Department. "Later, more than two dozen companies and groups and one foreign government paid former President Bill Clinton a total of more than $8 million to give speeches around the time they also had matters before Mrs. Clinton's State Department, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

Several Times Those Who Paid Bill Clinton In Speaking Fees Benefitted From The Actions Of The State Department. "In several instances, State Department actions benefited those that paid Mr. Clinton." (James Grimaldi And Rebecca Ballhaus, "Speaking Fees Meet Politics For Clintons," The Wall Street Journal, 12/30/15)

During Clinton's Last Year At The State Department Alone, Her Husband Earned More Than $16.3 Million For 72 Speeches. "During the 11 years Hillary Clinton served as a U.S. senator and then secretary of state, she reported that her husband made $105 million for delivering more than 540 speeches. Bill Clinton's fees rose over time. In 2012, her last year at the State Department, he earned more than $16.3 million for 72 speeches." (Matea Gold, Rosalind Helderman, And Anne Gearan, "Clintons Have Made More Than $25 Million For Speaking Since January 2014," The Wall Street Journal , 5/15/15)

"Where He Once Had Drawn $150,000 For A Typical Address In The Years Following His Presidency, Clinton Saw A Succession Of Staggering Paydays For Speeches In 2010 And 2011, Including $500,000 Paid By A Russian Investment Bank And $750,000 To Address A Telecom Conference In China." (Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross, "Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary Of State," ABC News, 4/23/15)

Former White House Lawyer Richard Painter Said "It's Unusual To See A Former President's Speaking Fee Go Up Over Time…" "'It's unusual to see a former president's speaking fee go up over time,' said Richard Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer in the White House Counsel's office under President George W. Bush." (Matthew Mosk and Brian Ross, "Bill Clinton Cashed In When Hillary Became Secretary Of State," ABC News, 4/23/15)

#15: While Clinton Was Secretary Of State, Her Top Aide Got Nearly 150 Voicemails From A Top Foundation Official

Laura Graham, Who At The Time Was The Foundation's COO, Left Voice Mails For Cheryl Mills At Least 148 Times While She Was Serving As Clinton's Top Aide At The State Department. "A review of State Department call logs for Cheryl Mills, the longtime Clinton confidant who served as chief of staff for the entirety of Clinton's four-year tenure as America's top diplomat, reflects at least 148 messages from Laura Graham - then the Clinton Foundation's chief operating officer - between 2010 and 2012. No other individual or non-profit appears in the logs with anything like that frequency or volume, the review found." (James Rosen, "Clinton Foundation Executive Left 148 Phone Messages For Clinton's Top Aide," Fox News, 8/23/16)

"The Call Logs Reflect A Wide Cross-Section Of Individuals Angling For The Secretaries Ear…" "The call logs reflect a wide cross-section of individuals angling for the secretary's ear, from celebrities like Sean Penn to elder statesmen of the Democratic Party like Vernon Jordan. The messages include a number averring to irksome home-renovation issues Mills was facing, and even one left by the chief of staff's mother, who told her daughter, through the intermediary of a State Department secretary, in September 2011: 'Please call. Hadn't heard from you in so long and was wondering if you are out of town.'" (James Rosen, "Clinton Foundation Executive Left 148 Phone Messages For Clinton's Top Aide," Fox News, 8/23/16)

 

 

 


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