Bill Clinton pushed the State Department to allow him to accept speaking fees for events in North Korea and the Congo while his wife was secretary of state, even after the agency declined to approve both speeches.
In an article by Sarah Westwood, in the Washington Examiner:
Hillary Clinton’s brother, Tony Rodham, arranged the North Korea speech for the former president, according to documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Citizens United.
Nepotism is great, isn’t it? If you need money go see Tony! That way, hey, if anyone asks, you can’t point the finger at Hillary! Nice touch! Isn’t it? Sounds like am episode straight from the HBO show “The Sopranos”. Bada Bing! Bada Boom!
After Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s then-chief of staff, instructed a Clinton Foundation official to decline the invitation, a foundation employee pressed further.
“This came via Tony Rodham,” wrote Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s director of foreign policy, in a June 2012 email. “So we would be grateful for any specific concerns we could share, beyond just saying it would be concerning for [the U.S. government].”
The Harry Walker Agency, which has at different times represented both Clintons in their paid speaking engagements, advised Bill Clinton to “quickly decline” an invitation to speak at the Congo, a country known for its human rights abuses.
The event would have required Bill Clinton to meet publicly with Joseph Kabila, the Congolese president.
In an email detailing the invitation, the Harry Walker representative informed Bill Clinton of Kabila’s past dealings, including his long participation in the country’s bloody civil war and the war profiteering of his closest advisers.
Of course, if you are the Clintons, with very little principles, what do you care where the money came from? Afterall, wasn’t it Hillary who tried to convince people she was “dead broke” after they moved out of the White House. Don’t you remember the interview Hillary had with Diane Sawyer?
“You have no reason to remember, but we came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt,” Clinton said. “We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to piece together the resources for mortgages for houses, for Chelsea’s education. It was not easy. Bill has worked really hard. And it’s been amazing to me. He’s worked very hard.”
“Dead broke”! Seriously? I’d like to be “dead broke” like the Clintons, wouldn’t you? They bought a home in 1999 in Chapppaqua, NY for $1.7 million and in 2000 in Washingtoon, DC for $2.85 million. But hey….Clintons were “dead broke”. Ok, who else is buying this? I digress. Let’s continue to take money from scumbags, like Joseph Kabila., what do we care, afterall, we’re the Clintons! I digress, but let’s continue on, shall we?
“Given President Kabila and others involvement we anticipate you’ll want us to quickly decline,” the Harry Walker representative wrote.
But Desai pressed on, asking Mills and Huma Abedin, another Hillary Clinton aide, if the State Department would allow Bill Clinton to accept the invitation if he donated the $650,000 speaking fee entirely to the Clinton Foundation.
Well, all be! What a surprise! It’s ALL about the money!!! So let me get this straight! You can’t take money DIRECTLY from the scumbags from repressive countries that profit from civil war and human rights abuses, but if you DONATE the money to a foundation, say like your OWN, that supports more corruption, it’s OK! Got it! Great! Thanks for that clarification! Bada Bing! Bada Boom!
Written by Nancy Hayes
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