Saturday, August 27, 2016

More on Hillary's Pay-to-Play Scandal

More on Hillary’s Pay-to-Play Scandal

by Stephen Lendman

As secretary of state from January 2009 - February 2013, Hillary focused mainly on waging war and selling influence, she and husband Bill becoming super-rich by corrupt pay-to-play practices.

On August 24, AP News provided more information on how she operates, saying “(m)ore than half the people outside the government who met with (her) while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation.”

AP called her stewardship at State showed “possible ethics challenges if elected president,” saying:

“At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, 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. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million.”

It shows the price of direct contact with Hillary depends on large donations to the Clinton Foundation - classic pay-to-play corruption, criminality much more serious than ethical lapses.

Seven months after a federal judge ordered the State Department to release names of individuals Hillary met with daily throughout her tenure as agency head, only around half of the information was made public.  Likely what’s most important remains concealed.

Department lawyers indicated full release won’t be completed until yearend, perhaps further delayed until post-inauguration in January or not at all if Hillary becomes president and prevents it. 

Information from AP’s findings also shows “Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 to the Clinton (Foundation)” besides numerous private individual contributions.

Trump is right, days earlier calling her “totally unfit to hold public office,” adding “(i)t is impossible to figure out where the Clinton Foundation ends and the State Department begins. It is now abundantly clear that the Clintons set up a business to profit from public office.”

According to information AP obtained, “(s)ome of Clinton’s most influential visitors donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and to her and her husband’s political coffers.”

AP sought access to her calendar and schedule three years ago. Department obstruction blocked it. The news agency had to sue in federal court for what should be public information, available on demand - especially when legal or ethical issues are involved.

Instead, perhaps some of Hillary’s darkest dealings remain secret - evidence of how she’ll operate if elevated to the White House in January.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

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