Mrs. Clinton’s State Department Did Not Separate Itself From The Clinton Foundation But Instead Collaborated With It.”
Excerpts from The Wall Street Journal
By: Mary Anastasia O’Grady
Monday, September 19, 2016
“On Jan. 27, 2011, Clinton Foundation Chief Operating Officer Laura Graham sent an email to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff Cheryl Mills, voicing concern about a rumor. Ms. Graham had heard that Foggy Bottom was thinking about revoking the U.S. visa of Haitian Prime Minister Jean Max Bellerive. ‘Wjc will be v unhappy if that’s the case,’ Ms. Graham warned Ms. Mills, using the initials of the former president.
“Ms. Graham, who was also chief of staff to Mr. Clinton at the foundation, had other reasons to worry: ‘I’m also staying at [Mr. Bellerive’s] house fyi so exposure in general and this weekend in particular for wjc on this.’
“So Clinton Foundation staff was hobnobbing with a powerful Haitian politician and using connections at the State Department to try to influence U.S. policy decisions involving that same politician. That’s unethical and it is also contrary to what Mrs. Clinton promised when she went before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in January 2009 as president-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state nominee …
“Now a string of State Department emails from January 2011… demonstrates that Mrs. Clinton’s State Department did not separate itself from the Clinton Foundation but instead collaborated with it …
“Mr. Bellerive was an important Bill Clinton ally. After the January 2010 earthquake, he worked with the State Department and inside the Haitian parliament to pass emergency legislation that created the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). He and Mr. Clinton became its co-chairmen.
“The IHRC handled the contracting of hundreds of millions of dollars from the State Department’s U.S. Agency for International Development and from international donors—with little to show for it …
“Delaware-based VCS Mining announced in a December 2012 press release that it was awarded a permit to mine for gold in northeast Haiti … According to a March 2015 Washington Post article, Mr. Bellerive said that VCS Mining chief executive Angelo Viard then hired him for $8,000 to help VCS navigate Haitian politics in an effort to win support for the mine.
“Clinton Foundation officials confirmed to the Post that Mr. Viard paid $20,000 in 2013 to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative. That year both Tony Rodham, Mrs. Clinton’s brother, and Mr. Bellerive joined the company’s advisory board …
“Large parts of these 2011 State Department emails are redacted. But reading between the blank spaces, much is revealed—and none of it boosts confidence in Mrs. Clinton.”
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