This is the part where the curtains come crashing down on Hillary Clinton. This is the part where the house of cards comes crashing down and even your own staff sees more incentive in telling the truth than in protecting your agenda or “legacy”.
As confirmed by Yahoo news and Reuters, the Clinton Foundation has “confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. Secretary of State without informing the State Department, even though she had promised to let the agency review new or significantly increased support from foreign governments.” In exchange for the $1 million dollar “gift” to Bill and Hillary Clinton, according to emails found in Wikileaks email leaks from Hillary’s campaign, in exchange the Qatar government was looking for an in-person meeting with the Clintons.
This exchange meets the precise legal definition of “quid pro quo” and is a clear, direct, and now admitted violation of both criminal statutes and ethics agreements signed by Hillary Clinton before entering office in 2009. Per Reuters, “Clinton signed an ethics agreement governing her family’s globe-straddling foundation in order to become secretary of state in 2009. The agreement was designed to increase transparency to avoid appearances that U.S. foreign policy could be swayed by wealthy donors. If a new foreign government wished to donate or if an existing foreign-government donor, such as Qatar, wanted to “increase materially” its support of ongoing programs, Clinton promised that the State Department’s ethics official would be notified and given a chance to raise any concerns.”
Prior to today, the Clinton Foundation has refused to acknowledge the “gift” and has stonewalled any reporter questions on the subject. The sudden shift in position indicates a breaking of the ranks inside the Clinton camp and further distancing from a candidate who increasingly looks like she’s going to get a rude awakening on Tuesday.
Tags: 2016 election Clinton Foundation Hillary Clinton