Bill Clinton told NPR Monday that it was only “natural” for certain donors to his foundations to expect favors from the Clinton State Department:
“It was natural for people who’ve been our political allies and personal friends to call and ask for things. And I trusted the State Department wouldn’t do anything they shouldn’t do.”
But did the Foundation staff tell these donors that there was a clear and impenetrable firewall between preventing them from even asking the State Department for things? Did the State Department immediately respond to these requests with a firm and definitive “no” because it was p[art of the policy and culture at the Clinton State Department that there was to be no interaction or blurring of the lines between the non-profit organizations raking in millions of un-regulated funds for Bill while the nation’s diplomatic efforts were handled by Hill?
Quite the opposite.
Wading through the various scandals and allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton this election season can be a full time job (in fact, it kind of is my full time job) but the incestuous relationship between the Clinton Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative and the Hillary Clinton State department still deserves much more attention than it has already been given.
The incredibly thorough Clinton Cash from author Peter Schweizer was eye-opening. And before that book, Daniel Halper’s Clinton, Inc. laid the ground work for any reporter interested in pursuing the obvious conflicts of interest as foreign government and corporate funds flowed into the non-profits from nations and companies doing business with the United States federal government.
Halper and Schweizer were attacked y the left, by the media and by the Clinton campaign (am I being redundant) for daring to suggest that there was some level of quid pro quo expected by donors to the foundations under ill Clinton’s control.
And now Clinton has the audacity to say “it was only natural” for these people to expect “things” from the State Department in exchange for their donations. Well…. YES! Exactly! That’s the problem! And that’s why Clinton was forced to promise in writing that there would be no interactions like this between the million-dollar foundations doing business with foreign countries and corporations and the State Department.
A promise she apparently filed in the circular filing cabinet moments after signing it.