Obama overturns ban preventing criminal Ecuadorean Democratic donor from entering U.S.

posted at 10:01 am on December 17, 2014 by Noah Rothman

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to when President Barack Obama or his defenders insist that no administration has operated stricter border controls or pursued more deportations of illegal immigrants. This is criminal.

According to a damning report in The New York Times, the White House recently overturned a ban on allowing a wealthy Ecuadorean woman from entering the United States after her family donated tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats.

“The woman, Estefanía Isaías, had been barred from coming to the United States after being caught fraudulently obtaining visas for her maids,” The Times reported. “But the ban was lifted at the request of the State Department under former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton so that Ms. Isaías could work for an Obama fund-raiser with close ties to the administration.”

That was not the only action the Obama administration has taken on the deeply suspect Isaías family’s behalf.

The family, which has been investigated by federal law enforcement agencies on suspicion of money laundering and immigration fraud, has made hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions to American political campaigns in recent years. During that time, it has repeatedly received favorable treatment from the highest levels of the American government, including from New Jersey’s senior senator and the State Department.

The Obama administration has allowed the family’s patriarchs, Roberto and William Isaías, to remain in the United States, refusing to extradite them to Ecuador. The two brothers were sentenced in absentia in 2012 to eight years in prison, accused of running their bank into the ground and then presenting false balance sheets to profit from bailout funds. In a highly politicized case, Ecuador says the fraud cost the country $400 million.

The most damning accusation implicates the Obama’s, Clinton and her closest confidants at State, Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in what became, according to The Times, a quid pro quo relationship; campaign donations for waiving a ban on U.S. entry.

Over the course of the next year, as various members of the Isaías family donated to Mr. Menendez’s re-election campaign, the senator and his staff repeatedly made calls, sent emails and wrote letters about Ms. Isaías’s case to Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Mills, the consulate in Ecuador, and the departments of State and Homeland Security.

After months of resistance from State Department offices in Ecuador and Washington, the senator lobbied Ms. Mills himself, and the ban against Ms. Isaías was eventually overturned. Mr. Menendez’s office acknowledged going to bat for Ms. Isaías, but insisted that the advocacy was not motivated by money.

In 2012, the Isaías family donated about $100,000 to the Obama campaign’s Victory Fund. María Mercedes, Estefanía Isaías’s mother, donated $30,000 alone to Sen. Menendez’s 2012 campaign for reelection to the U.S. Senate. Menendez later authored another letter to State requesting that the ban on Isaías’s sister’s entry into the United States be lifted as well, despite the fact that she had been accused of smuggling illegal immigrants into America to serve as maids.

“As that letter went out, their mother gave $20,000 more to the Obama Victory Fund,” The Times reported.

That is an absolute bombshell, and one which implicates both the White House, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Clinton’s State Department in corruption. And we’re not merely talking about conservative media harping over this objectively unjust use of executive authority. The fact that this sordid tale is breaking in The Times indicates that it is a narrative the mainstream press will be unable to avoid. At least, after they get their gushing over Obama’s relaxation of America’s strict embargo of Cuba out of their systems.

The entire accounting of apparently disreputable practices from Democrats in the highest positions of authority in America, is positively explosive. It is worth a read; only a portion of this thorough report is reproduced here. It’s going to be a rough few weeks for Democrats while they attempt to avoid having to go on the record defending these allegations, but it would be malpractice for a mainstream press which did a stellar job uncovering these allegations to not pursue their ultimate and potentially career-ending implications.

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Partners in crime.

Joe Mama on December 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM

Best president money can buy…

Ecuador?

(Wonder if Julian Assange is somewhere in the fine print.)

coldwarrior on December 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

That is an absolute bombshell…

Sure it is.

Yes, it should be. But do you really think that the average Obama voter will even remotely care? You won’t get past the word “Ecuadorean” without them tuning out and focusing on the important issues, like whether they still have texts left on their free Obamaphones.

Shump on December 17, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I wonder how many $$$ they gave to the Clinton foundation?

Johnnyreb on December 17, 2014 at 10:08 AM

The New York Times is obvoiously racist.

BacaDog on December 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM

And the trade with Cuba? What did Obama get from the Castro brothers?

Floriduh Jim on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

The New York Times is obviously racist.

BacaDog on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to when President Barack Obama or his defenders insist that no administration has operated stricter border controls or pursued more deportations of illegal immigrants.

This is the first sentence in the article. A run on sentence with an obvious grammatical error.

I didn’t need to read the byline to know who wrote it, it’s pathetic Noah.

captnjoe on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

Hey Allah and Ed! When are you going to hire a real writer to replace Noah?

captnjoe on December 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

my comment seems to be appropriate for any post about b h o

“Let’s see how many ways I can ignore the Constitution, the rule of Law and be the most UN-transparent president in history.” b h o
Repeated everyday, Jan. 2009 to the present

Lew in Colorado on December 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Media – “Nothing to see here, move along…”

Defenestratus on December 17, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Someone who doesn’t like Hillary leaked this.

Ricard on December 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

It’s the Chicago Way.

GarandFan on December 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

This won’t help Hillary heading into 2016. Remember, the Clintons were synonymous with scandals during Bubba’s Presidency and this will only serve to remind voters of what they’d be in for if that family was put back in the White House.

As for Obama, I don’t know how much it hurts him even if he did technically break the law. Not like that’s a first for him.

Doughboy on December 17, 2014 at 10:18 AM

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to

Does Rothman not know the difference between adjectives and adverbs?

Mark1971 on December 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Another fake scandal says the dems and supporters…george Bush did all the time will be the claim to refute the scandal.

jaywemm on December 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hey Allah and Ed! When are you going to hire a real writer to replace Noah?

captnjoe on December 17, 2014 at 10:12 AM

What, you don’t appreciate phrases like “warily conservatives”?

Bitter Clinger on December 17, 2014 at 10:21 AM

but it would be malpractice for a mainstream press which did a stellar job uncovering these allegations to not pursue their ultimate and potentially career-ending implications.

Noah, did your parents deprive you of food and oxygen as a child on purpose, or was it an accident? This is exactly the kind of malpractice that the Fifth Column Treasonous Media wholeheartedly practices. It’s exactly the kind of malpractice that put Obama into office in the first damned place.

oscarwilde on December 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to when President Barack Obama or his defenders insist that no administration has operated stricter border controls or pursued more deportations of illegal immigrants.

Sorry, don’t have enough time to decipher this.

HA, I’ll no longer be reading this clown.

Lolo on December 17, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Corruption starts at the top and finds it’s way down.

http://freedomoutpost.com/2014/12/treasury-official-allegedly-shoveled-millions-friends-va/

HumpBot Salvation on December 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Wonder how much blood is on that money?

TimBuk3 on December 17, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Does Rothman not know the difference between adjectives and adverbs?

Mark1971 on December 17, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Probably the product of public school indoctrination education. We don’t want to discriminate with the difference between adjectives and adverbs. Not to mention apostrophe abuse:

implicates the Obama’s

rbj on December 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

“The fact that this sordid tale is breaking in The Times indicates that it is a narrative the mainstream press will be unable to avoid.”

Concern for a day and then the story will go away. We won’t be hearing about this next week in the MSM.

Jackson on December 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Corruption

MoreLiberty on December 17, 2014 at 10:26 AM

What’s anybody going to do about it?

Viator on December 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Obama will be outraged when he learns about this from the news. He may even create a new czar to look into it.

Blue Collar Todd on December 17, 2014 at 10:27 AM

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to when President Barack Obama or his defenders insist that no administration has operated stricter border controls or pursued more deportations of illegal immigrants.

This is the first sentence in the article. A run on sentence with an obvious grammatical error.

I didn’t need to read the byline to know who wrote it, it’s pathetic Noah.

captnjoe on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I have a bad head-cold, not thinking clearly. Apparently, I’m thinking more clearly than I thought (no, Yogi Berra is not a distant relative!). I did not understand a word of this sentence…warily conservatives.

Ed, you insult the collective intelligence of your readers by continuing to employ a person who clearly (clearily?) doesn’t proofread OR know how to construct a good sentence.

herm2416 on December 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

The fact that this sordid tale is breaking in The Times indicates that it is a narrative the mainstream press will be unable to avoid. At least, after they get their gushing over Obama’s relaxation of America’s strict embargo of Cuba out of their systems.

Why do you think they broke it now?

It’s called “drowning out the story”. The Times can say, “Yeah, we covered it, but there was no reaction, so it’s a non-story”.

The O White House is expert at this sort of rope-a-dope. But being from Chicago, I’d expect no less.

And as for the news media, they should just have their legs amputated at the mid-calf level. They’ll never be up off their knees with the Chicago Messiah, and frankly they don’t want to be.

clear ether

eon

eon on December 17, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Grammatical errors aside, like every other scandal this will go nowhere. It’s sad and quite frustrating how powerless we the people have become.

bsinc1962 on December 17, 2014 at 10:31 AM

Ed, you insult the collective intelligence of your readers by continuing to employ a person who clearly (clearily?) doesn’t proofread OR know how to construct a good sentence.

herm2416 on December 17, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Ed doesn’t employ anyone. This is on Townhall.

rbj on December 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

This is on Townhall.

rbj on December 17, 2014 at 10:32 AM

No, it’s on Salem Communications, who own Townhall and HotAir.

oscarwilde on December 17, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Local crime story, now back to Ted Cruz and the GOP Civil War.

motionview on December 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

Was Eric Holder recreating his roll as bagboy in these transactions?

Bombshell, by butt. If Republicans could vote to confirm Eric Holder after he as basically hip deep in the same…if George W Bush can call Clinton a brother, after he directly sold pardons for cash, what makes you think Republicans today give a flying bleep today about in your face corruption?

MNHawk on December 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Bombshell.

=

Dud.

Bmore on December 17, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Good times.

I will also hold myself as president to a new standard of openness …. Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.

— Barack Hussein obama

Washington is broken. My whole campaign has been premised from the start on the idea that we have to fundamentally change how Washington works.

— Barack Hussein obama

What Washington needs is adult supervision.

— Barack Hussein obama

That’s the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.

— Barack Hussein obama

HumpBot Salvation on December 17, 2014 at 10:44 AM

but it would be malpractice for a mainstream press which did a stellar job uncovering these allegations to not pursue their ultimate and potentially career-ending implications

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….. {breathe} ……. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

If they did such a stellar job uncovering them, why weren’t they uncovered back in October, at the least? As to “career-ending”… when has corrupt behavior, bribes, and gross illegality EVER ended the career of a Democrat?!?

And, yes, this is so obviously a Noah piece…….

GWB on December 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

Does Rothman not know the difference between adjectives and adverbs?

.

Not to mention apostrophe abuse:

rbj on December 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM

Perhaps Noah can hire Allan Dershowitz to fight for his right to abuse apostrophes.

Dolce Far Niente on December 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM

I have many issues with Noah’s blogs. Grammar is NOT one of them and, frankly, I think we should lay off bashing him for his grammar. We all sometimes make those mistakes on a blog.

My primary issue with him is his ideology. He obviously fits in very well with the GOP Establishment crowd and definitely sees conservatives as more of a problem than a solution.

Now please answer this, Noah? Is Obama’s amnesty right or wrong? If right, then you should have no problem with him extending it to cover his pals and donors. If wrong, what did the GOP Establishment do to stop him apart from trashing Cruz for trying to put up a fight.

The GOP has made deals with a man they periodically call a “devil” in order to gin up their base. Spare us the crocodile tears, we are not buying it anymore.

TheRightMan on December 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Noah,

Pleeeze keep contributing. It gives me a great laugh every time the ‘English Teachers’ are critical of your grammar and suggest corrections.

Keep up the great work!

ROTFL….

belad on December 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

This is criminal.

If I had a nickel for every time someone used this phrase to describe an action taken by this administration, I’d be rich.

Until anyone actually does something about it, these statements don’t amount to more than a hill of stinky beans.

Star Bird on December 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Noah,

Pleeeze keep contributing. It gives me a great laugh every time the ‘English Teachers’ are critical of your grammar and suggest corrections.

Keep up the great work!

ROTFL….

belad on December 17, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Stuff it Noah’s sock… You want to run with the big dogs, this is the price you must pay. Nobody owes you anything, you either earn your keep, or end up on the heap.

oscarwilde on December 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Quick….let’s have a kabuki theater congressional hearing.

dddave on December 17, 2014 at 10:55 AM

The most damning accusation implicates the Obama’s, Clinton and her closest confidants at State, Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) in what became, according to The Times, a quid pro quo relationship; campaign donations for waiving a ban on U.S. entry.

So damning, that the NYT will still endorse:

The Obama’s, Clinton and her closest confidants at State, Cheryl Mills, and Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ)

mankai on December 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

oscarwilde on December 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM

You should change your handle to ‘oscar-the-grouch’.

I guess I should have added the /sarc, huh!

belad on December 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

The entire accounting of apparently disreputable practices from Democrats in the highest positions of authority in America, is positively explosive.

You have got to be kidding me. The corruption started from day #1 in 2009 with sweetheart deals all over the place for cronies, energy companies that went belly up, cash for clunkers BS, and the porkulus bill that did none of what it was claimed to do.

The explosions have been non stop like the mortaring of the Ardenne, and which rock have you been living under Noah? The press could give a flying frack.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on December 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

With Congress approving Obama’s immigration tactics by EO absolutely nothing will be done about this. The Boehner Gang will continue to be his accomplices.

This article is noting more than HA click bait.

DevilsPrinciple on December 17, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Unfortunately, this story does not, as they say, “have legs” and will be dropped immediately.

Why? Looks bad for Dems, ergo, no news interest.

Hucklebuck on December 17, 2014 at 11:19 AM

It’s going to be a rough few weeks for Democrats while they attempt to avoid having to go on the record defending these allegations..

You’re assuming that the rest of the MSM will follow along and ask Hard Questions. I’d be surprised if the NY Times even follows up on this story.

William Teach on December 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Happy Birthday Noah.

Flora Duh on December 17, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Isn’t that special?!

Wasn’t this S0B the one who said there is NOT two Americas…or there SHOULDN’T be 2 Americas, or something…or did he say, “When I am in charge there will be 2 Americas – one for me and my peeps, and 1 for the rest of you F*ing ‘stupid American voters’?!

easyt65 on December 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I didn’t need to read the byline to know who wrote it, it’s pathetic Noah.

captnjoe on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM

I had the same thought process. Warily? Scrolled up and yup, Noah.

Immolate on December 17, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Pay to play… just like the governments in South America. Why come here just to make us be just like the place you want to leave?

Your faith in the media about covering this now is misplaced. I hope I’m wrong, but the time to stop telling the truth is over, or they will find it harder to make Obama a deity in the textbooks of the future.

petunia on December 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Get to work on those attack ads, GOP! They practically write themselves!

Cornfed on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Isn’t there a campaign finance law against Ecuadorian billionaires buying or even contributing to American official’s election funds?

And isn’t the lion’s share of the penalty supposed to fall on the candidate/office holder?

When will congress impeach this clown?
He belongs in Leavenworth.

papertiger on December 17, 2014 at 11:33 AM

The MSM yawns.

Carnac on December 17, 2014 at 11:34 AM

“And the trade with Cuba? What did Obama get from the Castro brothers?

Floriduh Jim on December 17, 2014 at 10:10 AM”

Beat me to it.

davod on December 17, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Has the New York Times actually committed an act of journalism?

Or is this just a way of taking out HILLARY! in order to clear the way for an Elizabeth Warren candidacy?

SubmarineDoc on December 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

We are now officially a banana republic.

nicknack60 on December 17, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Not a smidgen?

Oxymoron on December 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

This is more than just another of those moments that warily conservatives point to when President Barack Obama or his defenders insist that no administration has operated stricter border controls or pursued more deportations of illegal immigrant

Hm.

What followed may be among the most ghastly prose and problematic structure a Harvard Law Review editor has published in quite some time. Desmond’s achievement is a feat that could only be accomplished by someone who has never been subject to much in the way of biting criticism.

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/12/16/harvard-law-students-disastrous-argument-for-delaying-exams-due-to-emotional-trauma-blows-up/

Pot, kettle, etc.

/s

cs89 on December 17, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Someone who doesn’t like Hillary leaked this.

Ricard on December 17, 2014 at 10:15 AM

.
Yeah… named Barack Hussein Obama.

ExpressoBold on December 17, 2014 at 12:28 PM

When you accept campaign donations and give favours to those donors, that is a bribe. When you accept bribes at the expense of US laws as US President I owe you no respect and no allegiance. A Vietnam Vet.

leader4hru on December 17, 2014 at 12:39 PM

This story goes nowhere like every other corruption story on this administration. For any mainstream left-wing media outlet to pursue this would be a dereliction of their duty to protect the administration. And any journalist that shows even an inkling of interest in this story will either be labeled a racist or will be summarily Atkinson’d. That is the state of our pathetic press today, an institution once thought of by our founding fathers as critical to preserving our liberties.

ncconservative on December 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

How does that saying go again? Reward one’s friends?

Steve Eggleston on December 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM

that warily conservatives point to

that, warily, conservatives point to
OR
that wary conservatives point to
OR
that conservatives point to warily

I’ll bill you later for tutorial services.

(Noah, your writing and insights can be very interesting, but get a grip!)

AesopFan on December 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

And yet there are no torches or pitchforks in sight. Go figure. I hate this damned effing administration.

HiJack on December 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

If you get in late on a thread, it’s all been said.

You’re assuming that the rest of the MSM will follow along and ask Hard Questions. I’d be surprised if the NY Times even follows up on this story.
William Teach on December 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

If they do, it will be interesting to see how they “interpret” the events.

AesopFan on December 17, 2014 at 1:35 PM

I have many issues with Noah’s blogs. Grammar is NOT one of them and, frankly, I think we should lay off bashing him for his grammar. We all sometimes make those mistakes on a blog.

TheRightMan on December 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

You don’t think someone who is paid to write for a living should be able to write at a generally high level of quality? I know everyone makes mistakes, and I wouldn’t fault him if it was a single mistake here or there. But this has become such a pattern as to be laughable.

I guarantee you that if you compare Noah’s posts to those of Ed, Allah, Mary Katharine, or Jazz, you would find no contest in the area of repeated grammatical errors.

Shump on December 17, 2014 at 2:32 PM

We all know precisely NOTHING will be done because of the traitor in chief & his party of fellow lawless, fascist thugs.

russedav on December 17, 2014 at 3:13 PM

AesopFan on December 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

One of the better ones….LOL!

belad on December 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM