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Clinton Dodges Controversy After Controversy

- August 24, 2016

CLINTON DODGED ON WHETHER SHE'D FINALLY HAVE A PRESS CONFERENCE AFTER 263 DAYS AND MOUNTING QUESTIONS

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CLINTON DODGED ON WHETHER SHE LIED TO THE FBI BY PINNING HER SECRET SERVER SCANDAL ON COLIN POWELL

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CLINTON COULDN'T ANSWER WHY NEW PROPOSED RULES FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WEREN'T ALREADY IN PLACE WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY

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CLINTON'S PRIMARY DEFENSE THAT THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WAS NOT ALREADY CONFLICTED CITED A 2008 ETHICS AGREEMENT THEY REPEATEDLY VIOLATED

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CNN Headline: "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes'" (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes,'" CNN, 4/27/15)

  • Clinton Foundation CEO Maura Pally Wrote: "Yes, We Made Mistakes, As Many Organizations Of Our Size Do, But We Are Acting Quickly To Remedy Them…" "In a blog post out Sunday, Foundation acting CEO Maura Pally reaffirmed its commitment to transparency, but nevertheless said some errors had occurred. 'Yes, we made mistakes, as many organizations of our size do, but we are acting quickly to remedy them, and have taken steps to ensure they don't happen in the future,' Pally wrote." (Dan Merica and Theodore Schleifer, "Clinton Foundation: 'Yes, We Made Mistakes,'"CNN, 4/27/15)

Despite The Agreement, The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Failed To Disclose Donors

These Failures Make CHAI "A Prominent Symbol Of The Broken Political Promise And Subsequent Lack Of Accountability Underlying The Charity-Related Controversies That Are Dogging Clinton As She Embarks On Her Campaign For President." "The failures make the Clinton Health Access Initiative, which is headquartered on Dorchester Avenue in South Boston, and goes by the acronym CHAI, a prominent symbol of the broken political promise and subsequent lack of accountability underlying the charity-related controversies that are dogging Clinton as she embarks on her campaign for president." (Annie Linskey, "Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data," The Boston Globe , 4/30/15)

Reuters Headline: "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors" (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters , 3/19/15)

Reuters Found That The Foundation's "Flagship Health Program" Stopped Making Annual Donor Disclosures In 2010. "But in a breach of the pledge, the charity's flagship health program, which spends more than all of the other foundation initiatives put together, stopped making the annual disclosure in 2010, Reuters has found." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters , 3/19/15)

CHAI Released Only A Partial Donor List For The First Time In 2015 And Called Its Failure To Disclose Its Donors In The Past "An Oversight." "CHAI, which is best known for helping to reduce the cost of drugs for people with HIV in the developing world, published a partial donor list for the first time only this year. CHAI should have published the names during 2010-2013, when Clinton was in office, CHAI spokeswoman Maura Daley acknowledged this week. 'Not doing so was an oversight which we made up for this year,' she told Reuters in an email when asked why it had not published any donor lists until a few weeks ago." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters , 3/19/15)

CHAI Failed To Submit Foreign Government Donations For Ethics Vetting During Clinton's Tenure As Secretary

The Clinton Foundation Pledged To Allow The State Department To Review Any New Or Increased Donations From Foreign Governments. "The Reuters inquiries also raised questions about a second assurance Hillary Clinton made to the Obama administration: that the State Department would be able to review any new or increased contributions to CHAI by foreign governments while she served as the nation's top diplomat. The Clintons said the pledge was intended to defuse accusations that foreign governments might use such donations to earn favors." (Jonathan Allen, "Exclusive: Despite Hillary Clinton Promise, Charity Did Not Disclose Donors," Reuters , 3/19/15)

But "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…" "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." (Annie Linskey, "Clinton Charity Never Provided Foreign Donor Data," The Boston Globe , 4/30/15)

The Clinton Foundation Failed To Submit For Vetting New Contributions From Algeria

"The Clinton Foundation Failed To Submit A $500,000 Donation From The Algerian Government To The State Department For Approval Under An Ethics Agreement Put In Place As Hillary Clinton Was Being Confirmed As Secretary Of State…" "The Clinton Foundation failed to submit a $500,000 donation from the Algerian government to the State Department for approval under an ethics agreement put in place as Hillary Clinton was being confirmed as secretary of state, a foundation spokesman acknowledged Wednesday." (Josh Gerstein, "Foreign Donation Slipped Clinton Vetting Process," Politico , 2/26/15)

  • "Foundation Officials Acknowledged They Should Have Sought Approval In 2010 From The State Department Ethics Office, As Required By The Agreement For New Government Donors, Before Accepting A $500,000 Donation From The Algerian Government." (Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Foreign Governments Gave Millions To Foundation While Clinton Was At State Dept.," The Washington Post , 2/25/15)

Clinton's Ethics Agreement Allowed Foreign Governments To Continue Supporting Existing Programs, But New Or Increased Donations Had To Be Vetted By The State Department. "Under the deal, those four entities could continue to accept funds from foreign governments already supporting those programs, but any material increases in donations and any donations from new countries were supposed to be submitted for review by State Department ethics officials." (Josh Gerstein, "Foreign Donation Slipped Clinton Vetting Process," Politico , 2/26/15)

Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership Has Failed To Disclosure Donors

The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) Was Established By Bill Clinton And Frank Guistra. "The Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership was established by President Bill Clinton and Canadian philanthropist Frank Giustra, combining the best of non-profit and for-profit approaches to create new enterprises that capitalize market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing existing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains." ("About Us," Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Accessed 2/11/16)

CGEP Is A Canadian Charity, Which Moves "Significant Sums Of Money Into The Clinton Foundation's Flagship In New York." "Canadian charity called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership-which is run by one of Bill Clinton's close friends, Frank Giustra-has been moving significant sums of money into the Clinton Foundation's flagship in New York." (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

There Is No Way To Know Exactly How Much Money CGEP Has Taken In, Because Canadian Non-Profit Law Says Charities Do Not Need To Report Donors. "There's no way for the public to know precisely how much total money the CGEP has taken in over the years-or how much it has forwarded on to the Clinton Foundation-because, unlike in the United States, under Canadian non-profit law charities don't need to report donors to tax authorities." (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

  • In 2015, Under Pressure From The Press, CGEP Released The Names Of 24 Donors, But More Than 1,000 Are Still Unknown. " Earlier this year, after being severely criticized by the Canadian press, the CGEP released the names of twenty-four of its donors, but more than 1,000 are still unknown. (CGEP wrote in an email that 'going forward [it] will publicly disclose all future donors.')" (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

According To Investigative Reporting From Harper's Ken Silverstein, Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership Has Received Money From Corrupt Officials In South Africa During The Former Regime Of Jacob Zuma And From Senior Officials In Equatorial Guinea. "One money-laundering expert and former intelligence officer based in the Middle East-who had access to the foundation's confidential banking information-told me that members of the royal family in Middle Eastern countries, including Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, have donated money to the CGEP that has then been sluiced through to the Clinton Foundation. He told me that the CGEP has received money from corrupt officials in South Africa during the former regime of Jacob Zuma and from senior officials in Equatorial Guinea, one of the most brutal and crooked dictatorships in the world." (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

  • Through The Clinton Guistra Enterprise Partnership, Foreign Governments Can Launder Money Into The United States To Buy Political Protection. "'Equatorial Guinea doesn't give to the Clinton Foundation in New York because it's too embarrassing,' [a money-laundering expert and former intelligence officer] said. 'They give the money anonymously in Canada and that buys them political protection in the United States. The Clinton Foundation is a professionally structured money-laundering operation.'" (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)
  • The Clinton Foundation May Have Violated Treasury Department Money-Laundering Rules By Not Disclosing An Account Linked To The CGEP On It's Past Eight Tax Returns. "There are other signs that the Clintons and their foundation may have violated federal, state, and international law. Under Treasury Department money-laundering rules, the Clinton Foundation is required to disclose every financial account it holds abroad. It has failed to disclose an account linked to the CGEP on its past eight tax returns." (Ken Silverstein, "Shaky Foundations," Harper's Magazine, 11/18/15)

The Clinton Foundation Failed To Disclose $26.4 Million In Speaking Honoraria, Only Revealing The Money When Pressed On The Matter

Politico Headline: "New Clinton Speech Disclosures Reveal Foundation's Take" (Josh Gerstein, "New Clinton Speech Disclosure Reveal Foundation's Take," Politico , 5/21/15)

In May 2015, The Clinton Foundation Reported That It Has Received As Much As $26 Million In Previously Undisclosed Speaking Fees. "The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups … The money was paid as fees for speeches by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton. Foundation officials said the funds were tallied internally as "revenue" rather than donations, which is why they had not been included in the public listings of its contributors published as part of the 2008 agreement." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

  • "The Clinton Foundation Confirmed Thursday That It Received As Much As $26.4 Million In Previously Unreported Payments From Foreign Governments And Corporations For Speeches Given By The Clintons." (Alexandra Jaffe and Dan Merica, "Clinton Foundation Didn't Disclose As Much As $26M In Speaking Fees," CNN, 5/21/15)

The Disclosure Came As The Foundation Faced Questions "Over Whether It Fully Complied With A 2008 Ethics Agreement To Reveal Its Donors And Whether Any Of Its Funding Sources Present Conflicts Of Interest. "The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

  • The Disclosure Of Speaking Fees Was "The Latest In A String Of Admissions From The Foundation That It Didn't Always Abide By A 2008 Ethics Agreement To Disclose Its Funding Sources Publicly." "It's the latest in a string of admissions from the foundation that it didn't always abide by a 2008 ethics agreement to disclose its funding sources publicly. That agreement, penned as Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, is certain to continue the headache that the foundation's work and donors have become for Clinton as she makes another run at the White House." (Alexandra Jaffe and Dan Merica, "Clinton Foundation Didn't Disclose As Much As $26M In Speaking Fees," CNN, 5/21/15)

The Filings Also Revealed That The Clinton's Failed To Disclose Honorariums Directly From Foreign Governments And Other Foreign Sources

Bill Clinton Was Paid Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech By The Energy Ministry In Thailand. "There was one entity clearly associated with a foreign government that provided speaking fees, of $250,000 to $500,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton: The energy ministry in Thailand." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

According To The Disclosure, Bill Clinton Was Also Paid Up Between $250,000 And $500,000 To Speak At An Event Organized With Support Of The Government Of Qatar. "The U.S. Islamic World Forum also provided $250,000 to $500,000 to the foundation for a speech by Bill Clinton, according to the new disclosure. The event was organized in part by the Brookings Institution with support from the government of Qatar." (Rosalind Helderman And Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

Hillary Clinton Was Paid Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech By The Telmex Foundation, Which Was Founded By Mexican Billionaire Carlos Slim. "The Telmex Foundation, founded by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, provided between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by Hillary Clinton." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

A South Korean Energy And Chemicals Conglomerate Paid Bill Clinton Between $500,000 And $1,000,000 For A Speech. "They included the South Korean energy and chemicals conglomerate Hanwha, which paid $500,000 to $1,000,000 for a speech by Bill Clinton." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

China Real Estate Development Corp. Paid Bill Clinton Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech. "China Real Estate Development Corp. paid the foundation between $250,000 and $500,000 for a speech by the former president." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)

Qatar First Bank Paid Bill Clinton Between $250,000 And $500,000 For A Speech. "The Qatar First Investment Bank, now known as the Qatar First Bank, paid fees in a similar range. The bank is described by Persian Gulf financial press as specializing in high-net-worth clients." (Rosalind Helderman and Tom Hamburger, "Clinton Foundation Reveals Up To $26 Million In Additional Payments," The Washington Post , 5/21/15)


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