HILLARY CLINTON SHORT CIRCUITS TRYING TO DEFEND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

– AUGUST 24, 2016 –

HILLARY CLINTON SHORT CIRCUITS TRYING TO DEFEND THE CLINTON FOUNDATION

Tonight Hillary Clinton Claimed There Was No Conflicts Of Interest While She Was At State, But Reams Of Reporting And Editorial Boards Think Otherwise


Tonight Clinton Said There Were No Conflicts Of Interest With The Clinton Foundation:

Tonight Clinton Told CNN That Her Work As Secretary Of State Was “Not Influenced By Any Outside Forces.” CLINTON: “Well first what Trump has said is ridiculous. My work as Secretary of State was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right to keep Americans safe and protect US interests abroad. No wild political attacks by Donald Trump is going to change that. In fact the State Department itself said there was no evidence of any impropriety at all.” (CNN, 8/24/16)

The Media Has Slammed Clinton Due To Conflicts Of Interest Between The Foundation And The State Department:

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), Which Seeks Commitments From Corporations, “Has Become A Particularly Thorny Subject For The Clintons.” “CGI, which seeks commitments from corporations, other non-profits and governments around the world to tackle problems ranging from childhood obesity to Ebola, has become a particularly thorny subject for the Clintons.” (Ken Vogel, “Clinton Foundation Of Collision Course With Campaign,” Politico, 1/28/16)

CGI Has Come Under Attack For “Accepting Huge Donations From Foreign Governments And Other Entities That Had Business Before The State Department During Hillary Clinton’s Tenure As Secretary Of State.” “It became a target of GOP attacks for accepting huge donations from foreign governments and other entities that had business before the State Department during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State.” (Ken Vogel, “Clinton Foundation Of Collision Course With Campaign,” Politico, 1/28/16)

The Economist: “The Problem” With The Clinton Foundation Is That Appears “Vulnerable To Conflicts Of Interest.” “The problem is that a foundation, which is led by an ex-president and someone who hopes to be elected president by the end of the year, can appear vulnerable to conflicts of interest.” (“Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial,” The Economist, 2/7/16)

  • “One Of The Reasons That The Clinton Foundation Has Become Such A Formidable Fund-Raising Machine Is That Donors Appear To Hope To Gain Access To The Corridors Of Political Power With Their Gifts.” (“Why The Clinton Foundation Is So Controversial,” The Economist, 2/7/16)

The Wall Street Journal Headline: “Newly Released Emails Highlight Clinton Foundation’s Ties To State Department” (Rebecca Ballhaus, “Newly Released Emails Highlight Clinton Foundation’s Ties To State Department,” The Wall Street Journal,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)

The New York Times Headline: “Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation And State Dept. Overlap” (Eric Lichtblau, “Emails Renew Questions About Clinton Foundation And State Dept. Overlap,” The New York Times, 8/9/16)

Bloomberg Headline: “E-Mails By Clinton Aides Show State-Foundation Links” (Ben Brody, “E-Mails By Clinton Aides Show State-Foundation Links,” Bloomberg, 8/9/16)

CBS News Headline: “Emails Show Links Between State Department And Clinton Foundation” (Reena Flores, “Emails Show Links Between State Department And Clinton Foundation,” CBS News, 8/10/16)

CNN Headline: “Newly Released Clinton Emails Shed Light On Relationship Between State Dept. And Clinton Foundation” (Daniella Diaz, “Newly Released Clinton Emails Shed Light On Relationship Between State Dept. And Clinton Foundation,” CNN, 8/10/16)

The New York Post Headline: “Emails Reveal Hillary’s Shocking Pay-For-Play Scheme” (Daniel

In The Last Two Days A Number Of Major Editorial Boards Have Called On Clinton To Shut Down Due To Conflicts Of Interest:

Charlotte Observer Editorial Headline: “The Clintons Should Sever Ties With The Clinton Foundation”

  • “If you believe public officials’ doors should be equally open to all, you can’t be happy with the news that Clinton Foundation donors comprised more than half of the private citizens Hillary Clinton met with while secretary of state. … Perhaps. The Clintons knew they had a problem before the story appeared, however. Bill Clinton has said he’ll step down from the foundation’s board and stop fundraising, should his wife win the White House. The foundation won’t accept money from foreign governments or corporations if she wins. That’s not enough. The potential for ethical conflicts remains too great. Bill Clinton should step down now. The family should wall itself off from the foundation immediately, and take its name off the charity, as it should have when she was secretary of state.”

Baltimore Sun Editorial Headline: “Clinton’s Foundational Problem”

  • “Even the most ardent supporters of Hillary Clinton must concede that the latest revelation regarding her connection to the Clinton Foundation — that numerous big donors to the charity appear to have had ready access to her when she served as secretary of state — doesn’t reflect well on the Democratic nominee for president. It’s entirely possible that many of these affluent individuals and business owners would have gotten into her office anyway, but the appearance of ‘pay to play’ exists nonetheless.”

Denver Post Editorial Headline: “Legitimate Questions About Clinton Foundation Donor Access”

  • But those arguments miss the point. Americans should always question arrangements that allow the already powerful to gain extra advantage with their government. The Clintons know they have a problem here. Bill Clinton earlier this week announced that if Hillary wins the presidency, he would step down from the foundation’s board. Further, the foundation would stop accepting support from corporate and foreign donors.

The Washington Post Editorial Headline: “The Latest Clinton Emails Show What An Ethics Agreement Shouldn’t Look Like”

  • “Bill Clinton last week said that the foundation will drastically reorganize if Ms. Clinton becomes president. It will stop taking foreign and corporate donations, and many of its charitable initiatives will be spun off into different institutions. Mr. Clinton also said he would leave the foundation’s board and cease fundraising for it. It would have been much better to take these measures when Ms. Clinton started at State. At this point, especially given the emerging record of contacts, they are probably not enough.”

USA Today Editorial Headline: “Mothball The Clinton Foundation”

  • “On Monday, former president Bill Clinton belatedly announced plans to tighten the ethical safeguards for the Clinton Foundation, the family charity, to eliminate “legitimate concerns about potential conflicts of interest.” The plans range from the laughable to the laudable, and they are woefully incomplete. … Ending foreign and corporate contributions is a good step, but allowing them to continue at least through the first week of November looks more like an influence-peddling fire sale (Give while you still can!) than a newfound commitment to clean government. … But the only way to eliminate the odor surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Editorial Headline: “Release Clinton Emails”

  • “Hillary Clinton’s email problems aren’t going away anytime soon — certainly not before the November election and certainly not after the news Monday that the FBI had collected about 15,000 new emails during its investigation of her. A federal judge ordered the State Department to expedite release of those documents. Also on Monday, a conservative group investigating Clinton released 725 pages of documents that showed a very close relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department despite Clinton’s pledge to erect a firewall between them. There did not appear to be any evidence that access to Clinton resulted in ‘favors,’ as the group alleged. But the coziness is troubling.”

Savannah Morning News Editorial Headline: “Clinton Foundation: Hillary’s $32 Million Shake Down”

  • “Hillary Clinton has steadfastly maintained that she kept the shady Clinton Foundation at arm’s length during her tenure as secretary of state to avoid conflicts of interest. … With friends like that, the Clinton Foundation is always in the money. This appears nothing more than an old-fashioned shakedown — or, as Mr. Trump puts it, ‘pay to play’ if you want attention from the Clintons. This email trail is hugely troubling to the Clinton campaign and raises more serious doubts about the Democrat’s honesty. If Mrs. Clinton was willing to hang a ‘For Sale’ sign on her office at the State Department, what’s to stop her from doing the same thing at the White House?”

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Headline: “Clinton’s Colin Powell Excuse”

  • “Also on Monday Judicial Watch released more emails showing the close ties between the Clinton State Department and Clinton Foundation. In a June 23, 2009 email, former Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band wrote to Clinton aide Human Abedin at State: ‘Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday Asking to see her Good friend of ours[.]’ … These latest emails are further evidence that Mrs. Clinton set up her private server to prevent the public from seeing how Hillary and Bill mixed public power with their personal financial and political ambitions via the family foundation. When she got caught, Mrs. Clinton cherry-picked the emails she’d turn over to State and tried to destroy the rest. Meanwhile, everyone important in the world understood that a gift to the Clinton Foundation was a way to influence the U.S. government.”

New York Post Editorial Headline: “Another E-Mail Dump, More Proof Of Clinton Inc. Sleaze”

  • “So much for Hillary Clinton’s claim to have handed in all of her work e-mails: Turns out the FBI found another 14,900 — meaning she ‘missed’ at least a third of what the law required her to fork over. It’ll be weeks before the public learns anything about what’s in that dump — but Monday brought plenty of dirt from yet another stash of e-mails, ones that top Hillary aide Huma Abedin sent or received on her clintonemail and other non-State accounts. Brought to light by the good folks at Judicial Watch, these show new cases of special attention for big Clinton Foundation donors.”

Boston Herald Editorial Headline: “Editorial: Donations Buy Access”

  • “The latest bunch of Clinton-era State Department emails released yesterday provide a host of instances in which donations to the Clinton Foundation netted the donors access to the secretary herself on an expedited basis. It was a shocking system even by Clinton standards. … Many of the exchanges document how Clinton Foundation executive Doug Band had only to shoot a quick email to Abedin about, say, how much trouble Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain ($32 million donor to the Clinton Global Initiative plus at least $50,000 from the Kingdom to the foundation) was having getting in to see ‘hrc.’ Well, wouldtomorrow be soon enough?”

Sacramento Bee Editorial Headline: “Hillary Clinton Must Steer Clear Of Foundation”

  • “It was necessary, and overdue, for former President Bill Clinton to make clear that if Hillary Clinton is elected president, his global foundation will no longer take money from corporations or foreign governments. There were too many troubling questions and awkward appearances regarding Clinton Foundation donors receiving special access while she was secretary of state. The potential conflicts would become untenable with her in the Oval Office. … But emails – yes, it’s another aspect of the email scandal – have shown donors seeking, and in some cases, getting meetings with Clinton and other top officials. Judicial Watch, a conservative nonprofit group, sued for Clinton’s emails and released another batch Monday. The exchanges include ones between top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and foundation executive Douglas Band about face time for Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, whose scholarship program gave $32 million to the Clinton Global Initiative.”

Investor’s Business Daily Editorial Headline: “Clinton Email Scandal: Is Hillary’s Cover-Up Unraveling?”

  • “Corruption: Now that the FBI has found nearly 15,000 more emails and documents missing from Hillary Clinton’s server, the strategy is clear: Clinton will admit to nothing even as more emails dribble out, then when the pattern of criminality becomes clear in October or early November, her campaign will sing that it’s ‘old news’ or blame others. And Big Media will ignore it. … Put that in context: Clinton’s attorneys had said earlier that there were only about 30,000 emails on her server that were related to Hillary’s tenure as secretary of state. Now that number has grown to 45,000. Anyone want to bet it won’t go even higher from there? Or that some of them will contain national secrets that shouldn’t be put on the internet? … Judicial Watch on Monday also released a batch of previously unreleased emails that indicated Hillary’s former top aide at the State Department, Huma Abedin, ‘provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation.’”

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