Will this new book shake up Hillary Clinton’s run for President?
That the Clintons have made millions of dollars from speaking fees is no secret: just last summer it was revealed that the former president was paid $104.9 million for delivering 542 speeches around the world between January 2001 and January 2013, when Hillary left her job as secretary of state.
What is not known, and what will be revealed in a new book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” by Peter Schweizer, is something far more sinister: foreign entities made payments to the Clinton Foundation and to Mr. Clinton through high speaking fees expected, and received, favors from Mrs. Clinton’s State Department in return.
As the NYT reports, the “186-page investigation of donations made to the Clinton Foundation by foreign entities — is proving the most anticipated and feared book of a presidential cycle still in its infancy.”
“We will see a pattern of financial transactions involving the Clintons that occurred contemporaneous with favorable U.S. policy decisions benefiting those providing the funds,” Mr. Schweizer writes.
His examples include a free-trade agreement in Colombia that benefited a major foundation donor’s natural resource investments in the South American nation, development projects in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake in 2010, and more than $1 million in payments to Mr. Clinton by a Canadian bank and major shareholder in the Keystone XL oil pipeline around the time the project was being debated in the State Department.
This means that during her tenure as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton may or may not have been working in the best interest of the US population; she was, however, certainly working in the best interest of the biggest Clinton Foundation donor du jour. And she was communicating on her personal, unsupervised, and unrecorded Blackberry while she was doing it.
Slowly, all the pieces of Hillary’s public service are falling into place. Very lucrative public service.
Naturally, the Hillary campaign has a prepared “response”, a response we have heard countless times when faced with a challenger who has no facts on their side: immediate accusations of “conspiracy theories.”
“A campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, called the book part of the Republicans’ coordinated attack strategy on Mrs. Clinton “twisting previously known facts into absurd conspiracy theories,” and he said “it will not be the first work of partisan-fueled fiction about the Clintons’ record, and we know it will not be the last.”
There is one problem: Schweizer “writes mainly in the voice of a neutral journalist and meticulously documents his sources, including tax records and government documents.”
We for one can’t wait to get access to said sources, especially when it comes to tracking down the motivation and impetus behind the biggest foreign donor to the Clinton Foundation of them all, the one listed below…
… and further uncovering just what “favors” the State Department under Hillary (and later) returned to said donor… although we do have an idea or two.
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