It’s not like any of this is a surprise, of course. Anybody who paid any attention to this at all knew that Hillary Clinton used a private server rather than the State Department e-mail because she wanted to hide from the Freedom of Information Act and the federal government while she was whoring out U.S. government policy for the benefit of cronies and donors to the Clinton Foundation.
There really isn’t any other reason why she would have used a homebrewed private server that she was in total control of. Her attempts to concoct another reason plausible enough to make the mess go away have more or less proved it; every time she’s tried she’s made things worse.
And now there’s a batch of e-mails that Judicial Watch has been able to get its hands on by going after messages back and forth between Hillary and Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills which give a pretty good view to just how pervasive the cronyism and corruption was.
Newly released e-mails from a top aide to Hillary Clinton show evidence of contacts between Clinton’s State Department and donors to her family foundation and political campaigns.
The e-mails released Tuesday by the conservative group Judicial Watch included a 2009 exchange in which Doug Band, a senior staff member at the Clinton Foundation, told a top Clinton aide at the State Department that it was “important to take care of” an individual, whose name was redacted.
Getting your cronies special favors isn’t exactly something Hillary is alone in doing. But straight-up bribes in exchange for policy? Well, that might be a bit worse…
In another 2009 exchange released Tuesday, Band asked Abedin and Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, to put Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire Gilbert Chagoury in touch with a State Department “substance person” on Lebanon. The Chagoury Group co-founder has given between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation, according to a list of donors posted online.
This Chagoury fellow? Here’s something interesting about him. He was business partners with Marc Rich, the tax cheat Bill Clinton pardoned on his way out of office in one of the most blatant examples of corruption in American history…
Rich died in 2013. But his business partners, lawyers, advisers and friends have showered millions of dollars on the Clintons in the decade and a half following the scandal.
Nigerian businessman Gilbert Chagoury is well known as a close ally and business associate of Rich. The Nigerian media declared in 1999 that the “Gilbert Chagoury-Marc Rich alliance remains a formidable foe.” They sold oil on international markets together. In 2000, Chagoury was convicted in Geneva of money laundering and aiding a criminal organization in connection with the billions of dollars stolen from Nigeria during the reign of dictator Gen. Sani Abacha.
As part of a plea deal, the conviction was later expunged.
Chagoury has been very generous to the Clintons in the years following the Rich pardon. He has organized an event at which Bill was paid $100,000 to speak (in 2003), donated millions to the Clinton Foundation and in 2009 pledged a cool $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative. The Chagourys were also active in Hillary’s 2008 presidential bid. Michel Chaghouri, a relative in Los Angeles, was a bundler and served on her campaign staff. Numerous other relatives gave the maximum $4,600 each to her campaign.
Chagoury also had a connection to the infamous Uranium One deal, in which Hillary was essentially bribed to give the go-ahead for the Russians to get their hands on one-fifth of this country’s uranium reserves.
Another string of e-mails among those released by Judicial Watch shows how Bill Clinton was able to wangle gargantuan speaking fees from the Clinton Foundation’s donors. The Daily Caller picked up on it and dishes the dirt…
Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly defended an embattled banker during an official visit to Bangladesh while Clinton Foundation officials tried to steer money from an Abu Dhabi oil company into the banker’s coffers.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus’ Grameen Bank. Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.
The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton’s pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland. …
The emails show foundation officials were trying to complete a deal offered by TAQA managing director Leo Koot in Scotland. He agreed to give $60,000 to the foundation for Bill to speak at a Scotland charity and auction. The winner of the auction was to get a “Special Day with President Bill Clinton in New York.”
The foundation accepted the $60,000, and Bill went to Scotland where he received an additional $250,000 to $500,000 for his speech before a group called “Business For Change,” according to the Foundation’s website. The black tie dinner was to raise funds for Yunus and his Grameen Bank.
Yunus is a long-time friend of the Clinton’s, going back to Bill’s time as governor of Arkansas. He has often been a featured speaker at the annual Clinton Global Initiative celebrity galas in New York. His Grameen America foundation donated between $100,000 to $250,000, according to the Clinton Foundation website.
Let’s not forget that Hillary had pledged not to mix the Clinton Foundation and the State Department as a condition of her taking the job as Secretary of State. Here’s what she signed when she took the job…
For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party.
She then put lots of our state secrets at risk by operating on that unsecured private server for the precise purpose of mixing the two, and the Clintons made $57 million, that we know of, in the four years she was Secretary of State as a result.
There has never been a presidential candidate as manifestly corrupt as Hillary Clinton. We’re going to find out more about the details, but the truth is obvious by now.