Skip to comments.State Department: Naah, we’re not interested in looking into Clinton Foundation donors
Posted on 05/08/2015 1:28:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
Who can blame them? It took months just for Hillary Clinton to cough up the e-mails that should have gone through their system in the first place, and that happened only because of the probe by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Investigating the confluence of money and connections at the Clinton Foundation might take too much work, and the only evidence would have to come from the Clintons themselves. Besides, what difference at this point does it make, or something?
The State Department said Thursday it has no plans to review previously undisclosed donations to a branch of the Clinton Foundation that some say raise questions about potential conflicts of interest during former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s time in office.
Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the contributions in question, made to the Clinton Health Access Initiative by private donors, would not have been reviewed even if they had all been disclosed under the terms of ethics agreements Clinton signed before she took office. That’s because only donations to the foundation from foreign governments or speaking fees for former President Bill Clinton were subject to vetting.
The agreements did require that private donations be made public and the health initiative has acknowledged it did not do so in all cases. Rathke said the State Department welcomes the steps the foundation and its arms are now taking to address the issue and won’t pursue the matter.
That’s a rather shaky leg on which to stand. First, the Clinton Health Access Initiative did get cash from foreign governments, according to the Boston Globes’ story from last week, emphasis mine:
The Clinton Health Access Initiative never submitted information on any foreign donations to State Department lawyers for review during Clintons tenure from 2009 to 2013, Maura Daley, the organizations spokeswoman, acknowledged to the Globe this week. She said the charity deemed it unnecessary, except in one case that she described as an oversight.
During that time, grants from foreign governments increased by tens of millions of dollars to the Boston-based organization.
Next, one of the problems with the Clintons’ confluence of cash and power is precisely those speaking fees to Bill Clinton. The Uranium One deal that ended up putting a significant amount of American uranium into the control of Vladimir Putin came coincidentally while the State Department reviewed one of the stages of the deal — and also at the time that the banker at the center of it paid Bill Clinton $500,000 to speak for an hour or so in Moscow.
That may not have been directly paid from a foreign government, but isn’t that close enough to interest State as to whether the Clintons were selling influence? Apparently not, even though the Department of Justice is currently pursuing a case against Senator Robert Menendez with fewer such coincidences, and a lot less money, Andrew McCarthy explained to Bill O’Reilly last night:
On top of that, the Kazakh government alleges that one of its officials broke the law in part by buying favor with the Clintons:
Mukhtar Dzhakishev, the Kazakh official in charge of the country’s uranium and nuclear industry, claimed then-Sen. Hillary Clinton had “pressured Kazakh officials to secure a deal for the Canadians” by refusing to meet with the prime minister when he was in the U.S., according to Schweizer.
In 2008, Dzhakishev also said Bill Clinton, Frank Giustra and Kazakh President Nazarbayev discussed the mining deal at a banquet just days before UrAsia acquired significant stakes in three mines, although both Giustra and Bill Clinton deny those conversations.
Dzhakishev was among the key officials whose approval UrAsia would have needed to complete the transaction. …
The deal faced renewed scrutiny in May 2009 when Dzhakishev was arrested for arranging corrupt uranium transactions with foreign companies.
“Authorities singled out the sale of a 30-per-cent stake in Kyzylkum that was allegedly sold for little more than $100,000 in 2005,” the Globe and Mail reported the week after Dzhakishev was arrested.
That 30 percent stake was among the assets UrAsia acquired with Bill Clinton’s alleged assistance, and belonged to Uranium One at the time Hillary Clinton’s State Department allowed it to be bought by the Russian government.
This appears to rebut a “fact check” issued by the Clinton campaign about the foundation, writes Sarah Westwood at the Washington Examiner. The supposed “fact check” was just another way of saying, “Trust us!”, a remarkable statement given the history of broken promises of transparency, and a quarter-century of spin and outright lies coming from the Clintons in regard to both personal and professional behavior.
Still, it seems to be good enough for the State Department. Must be good to be king … and queen.
Here’s a practical question:
Different sorts of favors require different amounts of bribes.
As an ex-small-businessman, how much should I be expected to cough up for access? Is it 100K? Or less, but be a bundler and chip in a million?
How much did the Solyndra people put in? How does that compare with what Lippo or the Red Chinese gave Bill when he was in the WH? Why did Giustra pay so much?
Questions, many questions. There ought to be some sort of compendium of bribery for the uninitiated, so we can understand how political influence is bought and sold. It seems like an understudied area of civics to me.
Tell the truth ... HAS A CLINTON EVER LIED?
Of course not. The liberals in the State Department know that she is corrupt and don’t care if she broke the law.
Sadly, that’s true.
"Ewww. Like NO WAY!! Hillary is like old enough to be my, like my grandmamma. And, like, you like gotta be so kind to like old people because they have been on this earth for like 200 years or such and they die a lot. Besides, got no time for such drama. My bff Becky is like so not getting over Brad, who is such a jerk. Anyway, Teen Wolf is on, gotta run."
In a corruptocracy, the first thing to go is the rule of law.
Your post is why I visit here. Outstanding!
The democrat state has decided not to investigate the democrat foundation, because, hey, democrats are incorruptable. They are the only fair, balanced, and morally superior people out there...
Second that, great post. You nailed her maturity level.
How people quickly forget the Indians called her Walking Eagle years ago.
Hey Trey Gowdy if you’re out there, ASK HILLARY SOME TOUGH QUESTIONS THAT WILL REALLY PUT HER ON THE SPOT.. ASK HER QUESTIONS SHE IS NOT EXPECTING.. STOP THE NICETIES AND MAKING EXCUSES.. SHE IS A PATHOLOGICAL LIAR AND CORRUPT AS CAN BE. MAKE HER LIE AND DON’T LET HER PULL A ‘WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?’ AND GET AWAY WITH IT!!!
The question came from billionaire supporter Mo Ibrahim: "I opened the newspaper and I was shocked to see these attacks on the foundation." The billionaire continued, " What is this money for? What have you done with it?"
"I just work here," Clinton responded. "I don't know."
(waiting for hysterical laughter to die down)
So let's get this straight. Ignoramus Bill Clinton got on a plane that happened to be flying to far-off Kazakhstan but brain-dead Clinton had no idea the place had uranium mines. So, just by chance, dopey Clinton met w/ the Kazhak dictator. It was strictly "dumb luck" that Clinton knew Kahzak govt approvals were needed.
Ignoramus Bill Clinton in Kazahstan--during election time
lavi$hly prai$ing a dictator who then signed off on the mine
deal b/c he's just a nice guy.
As Judge Judy might say to Bill Clinton:
Tell me about the conversation you had w/ uranium businessman Frank Giustra about uranium mines in Kazkhstan.
How did you know Giustra was looking to get govt approvals to buy uranium mines?
How did you know about getting govt approvals?
What did you say to Giustra? What did he say to you?
Within two days of the former President's meeting with Kazakhstans president Nursultan Nazarbayev, Giustra's fledgling uranium company signed preliminary agreements giving it the right to buy into three uranium projects controlled by the state-owned uranium agency, Kazatomprom. "The monster deal stunned the mining industry, turning an unknown shell company into one of the worlds largest uranium producers."
In 2006, in the months after Mr. Clinton's visit helped secure Giustra's company the right to mine uranium in Kazakhstan, Mr. Giustra donated $31.3 million to the Clinton Foundation. This figure is at variance with the one released by the William J. Clinton Foundation (on the 18 December 2008), as part of an arrangement with President-elect Barack Obama. It reports Frank Giustra as giving between US$1025 million.
In February 2007, a company called Uranium One agreed to pay US$3.1 billion to acquire UrAsia. Giustra, a director and major shareholder in UrAsia, would be paid $7.05 per share for a company that just two years earlier was trading at 10 cents per share.
In May 2007 Giustra was one of four chairs of the 2006 Global Leadership Awards dinner in New York where Clinton was honoured along with out-going UN Secy General Kofi Annan.
In June 2007, Giustra joined with Clinton to launch the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership to address global poverty. Giustra committed $USD 100 million plus half of what he makes in the resource industry for the rest of his life. Carlos Slim Helú, the Mexican businessman and richest person in the world, made a matching contribution and Giustra is expected to enlist others in the Canadian resource industry. (SOURCE: WIKI)
Canadian Donors and Uranium Investors who contributed to the Clinton Foundation
Frank Giustra---$31.3 million donation and a pledge for $100 million more to the Clinton Foundation. He built the company that later merged with Uranium One. Shares once traded at 10 cents per share later sold at over 7.00 per share when the deal was completed.
Ian Telfer---$2.35 million donor to the Clinton Foundation. Mining investor who was chairman of Uranium One when an arm of the Russian government, Rosatom, acquired it.
Paul Reynolds--$1 million to $5 million Clinton Foundation donor. Adviser on 2007 UrAsia-Uranium One merger. Later helped raise $260 million for the company.
Frank Holmes--$250,000 to $500,000 Clinton foundation donor. Chief Executive of U.S. Global Investors Inc., which held $4.7 million in Uranium One shares in the first quarter of 2011.
Neil Woodyer--$50,000 to $100,000 Clinton foundation donor. Adviser to Uranium One. Founded Endeavour Mining with Mr. Giustra.
GMP Securities Ltd. Donating portion of profits to Clinton foundation. Worked on debt issue that raised $260 million for Uranium One.
Every time I see that chick’s picture I think I’m looking at a Saturday Night Live skit. Or something.
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