Isn’t it just terrible how Donald Trump has commented on Vladimir Putin’s perceived strength as a leader in his own country? That sort of attitude should be an immediate disqualifier for the presidency as I’m sure you’ll all agree. But when Bill Clinton contacts the State Department (run by his wife) on multiple occasions asking for guidance and clearance on meeting with powerful Russian oligarchs, that’s just good public policy. (Washington Examiner)
New emails show Clinton Foundation staff pushed Hillary Clinton’s State Department to approve a meeting between Bill Clinton and a powerful Russian oligarch as her agency lined up investors for a project under his purview.
The Clintons’ relationship with Viktor Vekselberg, the billionaire whose name appears in the documents, has taken on new significance amid an expanding criminal investigation into his company. Last week, authorities raided the offices of Vekselberg’s firm, Renova Group, following allegations of bribery from several of Renova’s subsidiaries.
Vekselberg had been named head of a partnership dubbed the “Russian Silicon Valley” just three months before a Clinton Foundation employee began pushing the State Department to approve Bill Clinton’s proposed meeting with Vekselberg and a handful of other Russian executives.
You need to go through the full article to truly appreciate the hypocrisy on display by the Clintons when they attack Trump over matters pertaining to Russia. The list of powerful Russians with truly dubious track records and ties to all manner of unsavory characters is too long to list here. It also likely won’t come as much of a surprise to learn that several of them were extremely generous donors to the Clinton Foundation. One of Vekselberg’s companies donated something in the range of $50,000 to $100,000 and that wasn’t the only one.
The email trail shows that back in May of 2010, one Clinton Foundation employee began pestering State to see if they had any objections to Bill having a meet and greet with a variety of top level Russian executives while visiting their nation. These requests were repeated constantly until they got an answer. After that, Bill Clinton’s dealings with the Russians, including paid speeches and other lucrative arrangements are well known. But somehow none of that is an ethics problem either for the former president or his wife during her time at the head of the State Department.
But Donald Trump talking about Russia? We clearly need to run him out of town on a rail.