HRC’s email scandal is bringing up the other far larger and more dangerous scandal- that of her accepting bribes as a course of doing business from companies, people and countries that do not have America’s interest at heart. The key isn’t the immediacy of the bribe to the favor, but the fact bribes (or contributions if you will) are given with the expectation of a favor being granted at some point in the future. It is a “one hand washes the other” deal. (Seriously, rent the Godfather for a reference!)
The Daily Caller highlights just a few what I’m sure are hundreds of events.
One email sent on Sept. 22, 2009 contains several instances of Clinton helping out a couple of political allies and donors who were facing roadblocks at their multinational corporations.
Recounting conversations she had during a meeting with Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman at the New York Stock Exchange, Clinton informed Kris Balderston, then the State Department’s special representative for global partnerships, that Schwarzman and Mickey Kantor, an attorney who served as secretary of commerce in the Bill Clinton White House, were seeking help in obtaining a visa for a person whose name is redacted in the email.
“What’s status?” Clinton asked Balderston.
Clinton had several reasons to help Blackstone. The company has donated between $250,000 and $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation. And the company’s president, Tony James, has recently said he plans to support Clinton for president.
In the same email, Clinton relayed that she had talked to David Cote, the CEO of the conglomerate, Honeywell, who said he “wanted help” with a business issue, the details of which are also redacted.
“He also complained about export control regs that intertere w sales,” Clinton added. “He said the State Dept is the holdup and gave example of nuts and bolts for an engine being labelled as ‘dual use and therefore couldn’t be exported.’”
“Andrew may know about this,” she added.
Honeywell is also a Clinton Foundation donor.
The business executives appeared happy with the Clinton meeting. Balderston responded to her notes, stating that participants at the meeting where “very happy” and that they wanted “to make it an annual event.”
Powerful Democratic Senator’s Daughter Needed A Job, So He Asked Hillary
In Aug. 2009, then-Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin reached out to Clinton and other State Department staff seeking to find a job for his daughter, Jennifer, at the agency’s Office of War Crimes.
Amid internal chatter — which included an email from one Clinton aide remarking that the office had a “very small with a limited number of slots” — Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, sent an email to her boss, which read “remind me to discuss with you how I want to play this out.” (RELATED: After Lobbying Hillary, Democratic Senator’s Daughter Was Hired At State)
Clinton wrote back, “we have to discuss soon so I can close the loop on this.”
Jennifer Harkin was soon hired at State’s Office of War Crimes, though there was no public announcement about the hire. Tom Harkin, a now-retired Democrat, gave Clinton a much-needed boost this summer when he endorsed her for president.
Bailout for A Blair
Clinton appeared willing to help out the child of another political ally. Cherie Blair, the wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, contacted Clinton on April 3, 2009 in hopes of finding a job for her son, Nicholas.
Much of Blair’s email to Clinton is redacted, so it is unclear what kind of job she was seeking for her son. But Blair passed along Nicholas’ resume, and Clinton indicated she would help.
“I have passed on the info about [redacted] to my chief of staff. We will follow up. All the best,” she wrote to Blair.
And as we wind into the Trump U disaster- which was another get quick rich scheme for sure- we have Bill and his even bigger bribe- sixteen million dollars from Laureate International Universities- a for profit university system. It is international so the obvious question is where does their funding come from (State Dept grants? or other federal sources?).
Education Company Pays The Bill For Dinner
In an Aug. 2, 2009 email, Clinton instructed her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, to find a spot at an upcoming State Department dinner for a representative for Laureate International Universities, a for-profit education company.
Mills was able to secure a spot for a company representative, and months later, Bill Clinton was named an honorary chancellor at Laureate. He was paid $16 million until the end of his tenure earlier this year. (RELATED: New Emails Show Hillary Assisting For-Profit College That Paid Bill $16 Million)
Clinton’s favors reveal a certain “crassness,” Ken Boehm, the chairman of the ethics watchdog group, National Legal and Policy Center, told TheDC.
“The Hillary Clinton emails confirm that she used her position as Secretary of State as a favor mill for family, friends and — most of all — political supporters,” Boehm said.
“Now we know why she went to such lengths to hide her email traffic. Given the crassness of the disclosed emails, one can’t help but wonder what was on the deleted emails.”
Yes, we all wonder. If these were ones she thought she could skate, what in the hell were in the ones she was afraid we would discover? But what we can conclude is that she was in fact in the favor asking and the favor giving business. And she didn’t even try to hide well.
A real “let them eat cake” moment from the Left’s “Royals”.