State: Naah, we’re not interested in looking into Clinton Foundation donors

posted at 2:01 pm on May 8, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

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 Clinton’s tenure from 2009 to 2013, Maura Daley, the organization’s 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.


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This is a perfect example of why the private sector is better than the public sector. The private sector, if doing wrong, can be busted by the government. When it’s the public sector’s doing wrong, no one will stop it.

Flange on May 8, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Of course they are not interested. It would be very different if this was about Condi Rice.

cat_owner on May 8, 2015 at 2:08 PM

The Queen of Lipids is royalty you pleb. /s

Oil Can on May 8, 2015 at 2:09 PM

I’m surprised these scandals still have legs. She’s a democrat.

newportmike on May 8, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Rush’s line right now: When are people going to stop asking how they get away with it, and start holding them accountable?

Fenris on May 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM

That’s because only donations to the foundation from foreign governments or speaking fees for former President Bill Clinton were subject to vetting.

Must be why they didn’t report the donations.

It took months just for Hillary Clinton to cough up the e-mails that should have gone through their system in the first place

Hillary coughed up paper print-outs of what she says are all her work e-mails, and then she destroyed the actual electronic files, so there’s no way to verify anything anymore. She destroyed all of her e-mails – “work” and “private” alike.

forest on May 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM

I’m surprised these scandals still have legs. She’s a democrat.

newportmike on May 8, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Maybe this will help explain.

crrr6 on May 8, 2015 at 2:15 PM

FBI, you don’t need obama’s blessings on anything.

Do your duty or go be worthless weasels.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2015 at 2:16 PM

OT, but very important.

Happy VE-70th commemoration Day, US and world.

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2015 at 2:17 PM

You know she has files on everyone at State: nobody’s going to volunteer to be the next Vince Foster…

affenhauer on May 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

HA, what is the reason for the VE-70 blackout?

A very important era plane was forced to land (technical problems) at RR airport, not able to participate in the commemorations.

So few are left to witness that they fought for these days, of illiberal circuses.

Salute to all!

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2015 at 2:20 PM

What carrion looks like, Tlaloc.

h/t crrr6

Schadenfreude on May 8, 2015 at 2:21 PM

We were once a nation of laws…

… Now we are not.

This is how civilizations end…

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.

And now she’s running for President of the United States…


State Dept. misplaced $6B under Hillary Clinton: IG report

Seven Percent Solution on May 8, 2015 at 2:21 PM

The Clinton Family Business. Corrupting and defrauding the world since 1977.

Interesting, when googling Bill Clinton to find his first elective office, the first entry to top the list is TheClintonFoundation.org.

ironked on May 8, 2015 at 2:22 PM

I’m surprised these scandals still have legs. She’s a democrat.

newportmike on May 8, 2015 at 2:11 PM

New disclosures about Clinton corruption are being fed periodically to the media– you can guess by whom– which keeps the pot simmering. The media can’t ignore them entirely for fear of appearing completely inept and blindsided by The Big One that may yet be revealed. Also, sensationalism and “news” being the lifeblood of the media (what else do they have to sell?), a little drama attending Hillary’s stroll to the coronation prevents the audience from tuning out completely out of boredom. And then at least some in the media would like to keep the heat on in hopes of encouraging a more progressive leftist like Warren to enter the race against her. So the scandals simmer, but the media prevents them from boiling over. So far.

de rigueur on May 8, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Well this is rather shocking.

Neitherleftorright on May 8, 2015 at 2:31 PM

…so the Dept she ran isn’t going to investigate The Skank…who didn’t see this coming…

…slightly OT but…remember the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…guess who was responsible for deciding about “Offers of Assistance” from foreign countries…???

Pelosi Schmelosi on May 8, 2015 at 2:32 PM

The Clintons have reached the level where Hillary would have to kill puppies and kittens by throwing them off a bridge while Bill diddled a 16 year old boy before most Dems would raise an eyebrow.

katiejane on May 8, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Wow, totally shocking.

Too bad Bob McDonnell didn’t have the magic (D) protecting him.

gwelf on May 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM

…remember when the Left-Tards were screeching about Cheney and Halliburton..??…so where are those same Left-Tards now…(crickets)…

Pelosi Schmelosi on May 8, 2015 at 2:39 PM

The Clintons have reached the level where Hillary would have to kill puppies and kittens by throwing them off a bridge while Bill diddled a 16 year old boy before most Dems would raise an eyebrow.

hillary was only trying to be merciful by saving the puppies and kittens from overpopulation. bill was only expressing love and there is nothing wrong with that because love is love.

Sachiko on May 8, 2015 at 2:46 PM

I’m surprised these scandals still have legscankles. She’s a democrat.

newportmike on May 8, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Ditkaca on May 8, 2015 at 2:46 PM

“There Is One Set Of Rules For Politics, Another Set For Real Life, You Just Have To Learn To Deal With It
— Bill Clinton

Would seem the DoJ has learned to deal with it.

Oxymoron on May 8, 2015 at 2:48 PM

I think the best response to all this Clinton mess is how obvious it was and how the press missed (on purpose I assume) all of it.

I’d be hard pressed to believe Hillary’s personal e-mail return address wasn’t seen by many media folks as well as other government officials over the duration of her employment.

Politically incorrect term during Obama: “Investigative Journalism”

When was the last time a president acknowledged wrongdoing in the US IRS, US State Dept., VA etc and was allowed to just drop it. The Buck no longer stops anywhere.

tej on May 8, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Wow, totally shocking.

Too bad Bob McDonnell didn’t have the magic (D) protecting him.

gwelf on May 8, 2015 at 2:33 PM

The good news is there are at least two more generations of blue bloods to pillage and plunder.

antipc on May 8, 2015 at 3:09 PM

State: Naah, we’re not interested in looking into Clinton Foundation donors

Naah, we’re not interested in whether Iran has nuclear weapons either. What difference would it make?

/Foggy Bottom off

Chris Stevens was unavailable for comment.

Steve Z on May 8, 2015 at 3:12 PM

Feds: Nest-feathering chickenhawks.

Tsar of Earth on May 8, 2015 at 3:22 PM

Let’s hope that because of this uranium scandal (and many others) Queen Killary becomes radioactive (in the literal sense…)

vnvet on May 8, 2015 at 4:03 PM

Obama Ethics: pay lots of lip service, promise to be the best ever and to hold to the highest standards ever, put gilt lettering on the Ethics office door, but it’s an unfurnished broom closet no one ever uses.

Adjoran on May 8, 2015 at 4:38 PM

Why, pray tell, would an utterly corrupt department want to conduct an investigation to see just HOW corrupt it really is? The entire Oblablah administration is shot through with backroom deals, cronyism, extortion, payola, bribery, favoritism and criminal behavior and the DOJ is as useless as teats on a boar to investigate since they are just more of the same. Hopefully, for the sake of our children, history will forget this sordid chapter in our national life — if they survive to read it.

MadVlad on May 8, 2015 at 4:50 PM

State: Naah, we’re not interested in looking into Clinton Foundation donors

Why find even more stuff too make us look completely incompetent.

GarandFan on May 8, 2015 at 5:28 PM

Gotta hand it to them. The Bushes lined the pockets of their Halliburton buddies, Clinton’s merely cut out the middle man.

Almost as bad as “Mitt likes to fire people.”

socalcon on May 8, 2015 at 6:55 PM

I thought it said Slate…probably as reliable when it comes to the truth.

CW on May 8, 2015 at 8:43 PM