Clinton intervened to benefit son-in-law while at State

posted at 9:21 am on December 9, 2015 by Ed Morrissey

Another e-mail from the Hillary Clinton secret server may have the Democratic front-runner in hot water — and this one’s not even classified. The Associated Press reported last night that then-Secretary of State Clinton intervened to benefit her son-in-law’s business prospects. Marc Mezvinsky was asked by an investor to get help setting up contacts at the State Department, and Hillary ordered her deputy to work on it:

As secretary of state, Hillary Clinton intervened in a request forwarded by her son-in-law on behalf of a deep-sea mining firm to meet with her or other State Department officials after one of the firm’s investors asked Chelsea Clinton’s husband for help setting up such contacts, according to the most recently released Clinton emails.

The lobbying effort on behalf of Neptune Minerals Inc. came while Clinton — now the leading Democratic presidential candidate — was advocating for an Obama administration push to win Senate approval for a sweeping Law of the Sea Treaty. The pact would have aided U.S. mining companies scouring for minerals in international waters, but the Republican-dominated Senate blocked it.

Clinton ordered a senior State Department official in August 2012 to look into the request. Her action came three months after an investor in the mining firm emailed Marc Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton’s husband and a partner in Eaglevale Partners LP, a New York hedge fund, asking for his help in setting up State Department contacts.

Clinton relayed a copy of the investor’s email to Thomas Nides, then a deputy secretary of state and now vice chairman at Morgan Stanley, a major New York financial services firm. “Could you have someone follow up on this request, which was forwarded to me?” Clinton asked Nides. He replied: “I’ll get on it.”

The Associated Press has been asking Team Clinton for an answer on this for more than a week, but finally gave up and ran the story without their comment. They didn’t get any farther with the investor, Henry Siklas, or with a Neptune exec. Neither Chelsea Clinton nor her husband Mezvinsky would comment for the record, either. No one seems to want to talk about how a number of people — including Hillary herself — may have tried to cash in on her connection to power.

All of this circles around the Law of the Sea Treaty (LOST), which got blocked in July 2012, thanks to conservative opposition to its ratification. At the time, Jim DeMint of the Heritage Foundation actively organized opposition to the treaty, explaining that it would surrender sovereignty in areas including the mining interests that wanted Mezvinsky to use his family connections to curry favor at State:

By its current terms, the Law of the Sea Convention encompasses economic and technology interests in the deep sea, redistribution of wealth from developed to undeveloped nations, freedom of navigation in the deep sea and exclusive economic zones which may impact maritime security, and environmental regulation over virtually all sources of pollution.

To effect the treaty’s broad regime of governance, we are particularly concerned that United States sovereignty could be subjugated in many areas to a supranational government that is chartered by the United Nations under the 1982 Convention.  Further, we are troubled that compulsory dispute resolution could pertain to public and private activities including law enforcement, maritime security, business operations, and nonmilitary activities performed aboard military vessels.

A month earlier, he went into more detail:

Ratifying LOST not only means losing national sovereignty, it means losing jobs. If the United States enters this agreement, it would mean giving up billions in oil-and-gas royalties to be redistributed among developing and landlocked nations — some of whom are state sponsors of terror — and subjecting the United States to international climate change lawsuits. …

Although the treaty is meant to establish a set of rules regarding the oceans, only a few pages of it deal with purely navigational concerns. The bulk of the 288-page treaty does things like establish a new international bureaucracy in Jamaica to collect and redistribute royalties on offshore oil drilling and force the United States into international arbitration for environmental disputes.

During a recent Senate hearing, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked how LOST would regulate American carbon emissions. Clinton claimed it wouldn’t, but she didn’t appear to consider several portions of the treaty that condemn and place sanctions on pollution — even those coming from land-based sources.

 

When Hillary sent this request to her deputy, LOST had already foundered in the Senate. When Mezvinsky made his initial inquiries, though, ratification was still a possibility, and Hillary was pushing for its ratification. The investor in this mining operation saw the writing on the wall if LOST passed, and was looking to start drilling where it really mattered — in the halls of power. And Siklas appears to have struck oil, too.

Everyone has clammed up, but perhaps this might be worth a look from a Congressional committee. Or perhaps some of the journalists covering the Hillary Clinton campaign can follow up on the AP’s fine work here and ask those questions in public. Did Hillary run the State Department on behalf of the American people, or as a cash cow for the Clintons?


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On this one issue — I don’t care — I suspect most of would do this. I could be wrong

jake-the-goose on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Ms. Sniper Fire is unfit for any office.

Flange on December 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM

I’m so surprised.

trapeze on December 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM

Grifters Gonna Grift.

HumpBot Salvation on December 9, 2015 at 9:27 AM

On this one issue — I don’t care — I suspect most of would do this. I could be wrong

jake-the-goose on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

You are wrong.

trapeze on December 9, 2015 at 9:28 AM

The Clinton Crime Family

ConstantineXI on December 9, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Everyone has clammed up, but perhaps this might be worth a look from a Congressional committee.

heh

Axe on December 9, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Meh.

If it hasn’t occurred to anyone yet that Hillary is not going to be called on the carpet for any of her crimes, then you’re not paying attention.

She laughing at all of us.

Walter L. Newton on December 9, 2015 at 9:29 AM

Did Hillary run the State Department on behalf of the American people, or as a cash cow for the Clintons?

That was a rhetorical question, right?

AUINSC on December 9, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Everyone has clammed up, but perhaps this might be worth a look from a Congressional committee.

That’s one way to make sure it goes nowhere.

kcewa on December 9, 2015 at 9:32 AM

Yeah, that’s some cash cow. If the hoof fits; convict.

SteveInRTP on December 9, 2015 at 9:33 AM

Deep Sea mining, and the Lefty’s are Global Warming/Environmentalists!

I’m shocked!!!

canopfor on December 9, 2015 at 9:33 AM

On this one issue — I don’t care — I suspect most of would do this. I could be wrong

jake-the-goose on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

I wouldn’t even consider doing it and I think most conservatives would not either. It’s abuse of power and has no place with someone who swore an Oath of Office.

Johnnyreb on December 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM

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canopfor on December 9, 2015 at 9:37 AM

[P]erhaps some of the journalists covering the Hillary Clinton campaign can follow up on the AP’s fine work here and ask those questions in public.

Yes, perhaps they can. But they won’t.

It really is a sad state of affairs that this woman could well be the next POTUS. What a nation of idiots America has become.

Syzygy on December 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Clinton should be tried, convicted and executed. In a just nation, like the kind we had 100 years ago, she would have been. She is literally sleeping with our enemies. Her corruption is just a side issue.

I think the guillotine is best. I like the drama of it. Now, I know some of you will prefer hanging, so there is room for debate.

HugoDrax on December 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Supposedly her son is one of the worse hedge fund managers.

Blake on December 9, 2015 at 9:41 AM

Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State represents everything the media and liberals pretend to worry about in government; she used her position as a personal ATM to enrich herself and her family.

It’s going to be a LONG general election campaign.

Atlantian on December 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM

I think the guillotine is best. I like the drama of it. Now, I know some of you will prefer hanging, so there is room for debate.

HugoDrax on December 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

Nobility gets the silk rope.

Rix on December 9, 2015 at 9:43 AM

Did Hillary run the State Department on behalf of the American people, or as a cash cow for the Clintons?

Dang! That question is just too hard to answer. Can’t you give us an easier one, like “Does Hillary ever tell the truth?”

they lie on December 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM

I’m not too outraged. Anybody who would marry that monster deserves a kickback.

MaiDee on December 9, 2015 at 9:47 AM

So many of Hilary’s voters work for government, little government, big government, local government state government, and they all know what will happen to THEM if they commit an ethics violation and don’t recuse themselves.

Fleuries on December 9, 2015 at 9:47 AM

SON IN LAW

Blake on December 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

On this one issue — I don’t care — I suspect most of would do this. I could be wrong

jake-the-goose on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Have to disagree. Shows a lack of ethics on the part of the Clintons, which isn’t surprising. It is an abuse of her office.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on December 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

This woman is worst kind of criminal. If the whole truth ever came out, people would be truly sickened and mrotified by her actions. That old joke about where the bodies are buried – is no joke where she’s concerned. Whether covertly or overtly, she has reall blood on her hands – and her black soul. If she becomes president, it will be time to prepare to take the country back – for real.

HomeoftheBrave on December 9, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Sorry for all the fat finder mispellings!

HomeoftheBrave on December 9, 2015 at 9:54 AM

DANG!!! fat finder = fat finger (I need coffee)

HomeoftheBrave on December 9, 2015 at 9:54 AM

The fog of emails.

chewmeister on December 9, 2015 at 9:55 AM

HugoDrax on December 9, 2015 at 9:38 AM

I’d rather see her rotting in prison for the rest of her life. And I’m not talking about some country club federal prison, an 8×8 cell with nothing but a bunk and a stainless steel toilet. And the only sunlight she sees is 30 minutes per day in the “yard” with hardcore lifers.

Being deprived of the lifestyle she is accustomed to would be a personal hell for Madame Secretary.

Flora Duh on December 9, 2015 at 9:56 AM

So many of Hilary’s voters work for government, little government, big government, local government state government, and they all know what will happen to THEM if they commit an ethics violation and don’t recuse themselves.

Fleuries on December 9, 2015 at 9:47 AM

Usually nothing.

chewmeister on December 9, 2015 at 9:57 AM

Is there a corresponding donation from Neptune Minerals Inc to the Clinton Foundation.

RickB on December 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM

And the Immelda Marcos award goes to…….

kpguru on December 9, 2015 at 9:59 AM

Trump has a great network in all types of business.

He will get to the bottom of this, and burn Hillary’s fat, flabby chalky white arse with the evidence he will finds…

This stuff is great fodder for the general election

“Unethical” runs in Hillary’s whole family. Yes, including the Mesvinskis.

BigSven on December 9, 2015 at 10:02 AM

Poor guy comes from a family of crook…then married into one.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM

crooks

The Clinton Foundation is the biggest illegal money laundering operation in the world.

Media, focus, you derelict pigs.

Schadenfreude on December 9, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Silly question
It’s all about the Clinton

But lsm will focus on trump instead

Thanks Donnie
-Hillary

cmsinaz on December 9, 2015 at 10:12 AM

Everyone has clammed up, but perhaps this might be worth a look from a Congressional committee.

Sure, get Trey Gowdy on the case. You’ll see some YUGE results!!!….umm never mind.

wsucoug on December 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM

It’s the Clintons.

Nobody cares.
It doesn’t matter.
It’s been going on for a long time.
Nothing will get done.

Welcome to reality.

TimBuk3 on December 9, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Maybe someday the government will require it’s employees to use government servers as a deterrent for this sort of illegal behavior.

antipc on December 9, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Did Hillary run the State Department on behalf of the American people, or as a cash cow for the Clintons?

NEVER stand between a Clinton and a dollar bill. Unless you like being trampled.

GarandFan on December 9, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Let me get this straight: Old whitey 1%’er assists her young whitey 1%’er SIL with a deal in an effort to help his company make a shiitload of profits basically using insider government knowledge.

I guess I can understand now when Killary says she’s for the little guy.

Libfree, you gettin’ all this?

Bishop on December 9, 2015 at 10:40 AM

Who cares because didn’t y’all hear about the hypothetical scenario one (R) candidate mentioned?

rogerb on December 9, 2015 at 10:43 AM

Did you know that they decided Hillary was such a good actor they asked her to try out for the lead in Peter Pan?

They had to cancel her theatric debut because the chains kept breaking……

itsspideyman on December 9, 2015 at 10:52 AM

It takes power to make money.

unclesmrgol on December 9, 2015 at 10:54 AM

Everyone has clammed up, but perhaps this might be worth a look from a Congressional committee.

Seriously? To what end?

Perhaps Congress needs to set up the All Things Clinton Committee, which would do nothing but investigate the never-ending stream of scandals. Otherwise, we will hear sometime late July, 2019 that “she’s innocent of all charges”.

leftamark on December 9, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Looks like this was one of those “personal” emails that somehow didn’t get deleted. Makes one wonder about what’s in those other 30,000 emails she caused to be deleted.

TXUS on December 9, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Being deprived of the lifestyle she is accustomed to would be a personal hell for Madame Secretary.

Flora Duh on December 9, 2015 at 9:56 AM

I would also like to see her interviewed, in that 8×8, by some major news organization every 3 months or so, just to make sure she’s doin’ ok, and how she’s spending her days.

leftamark on December 9, 2015 at 11:06 AM

If it hasn’t occurred to anyone yet that Hillary is not going to be called on the carpet for any of her crimes, then you’re not paying attention.

Walter L. Newton on December 9, 2015 at 9:29 AM

I’m pretty sure Huma calls Hillary to the carpet.

Pain Train on December 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM

If it hasn’t occurred to anyone yet that Hillary is not going to be called on the carpet for any of her crimes, then you’re not paying attention.

Walter L. Newton on December 9, 2015 at 9:29 AM

I’m pretty sure Huma calls Hillary to the carpet.

Pain Train on December 9, 2015 at 11:10 AM

Pain Train, that’s gross. True, but……

itsspideyman on December 9, 2015 at 11:12 AM

Did Hillary run the State Department on behalf of the American people, or as a cash cow for the Clintons?

State Department spokeswoman Elsie could not be reached for comment.

cbenoistd on December 9, 2015 at 11:23 AM

No matter how jaded I become, I’m still amazed at how many things Hillary and other Dems get away with, any one of which would ruin a Republican.

jnelchef on December 9, 2015 at 2:13 PM

Didn’t Marc Mezvinsky’s father do federal prison time for multiple frauds? Apple falling from the tree, apple marries Clinton Crime Syndicate.

Silvergoat on December 9, 2015 at 2:20 PM

The Associated Press reported last night that then-Secretary of State Clinton intervened to benefit her son-in-law’s business prospects.

She should be in jail for this. Well, she should have been in jail for previous crimes and thus never able to become SOS any way.

“Don’t you want a woman president some day?”

Dr. ZhivBlago on December 9, 2015 at 3:32 PM

Another e-mail from the Hillary Clinton secret server may have the Democratic front-runner in hot water…

Are you serious? What a joke…

Big John on December 9, 2015 at 4:11 PM

On this one issue — I don’t care — I suspect most of would do this. I could be wrong

jake-the-goose on December 9, 2015 at 9:24 AM

The proscription against any behavior which has the appearance of influence-peddling is clear. Anyone in a position similar to Hillary’s who does the same is in violation of the law. Whether most would do it is not a valid argument, but that aside, no, most would not. Most would honor their position above their personal bank account.

But we all know that the Clintons honor only their own power; conflicts of interest and ethics violations are their MO.

Freelancer on December 10, 2015 at 10:16 AM