The Clinton Foundation was not up to anything improper in seeking a job for an associate during Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, according to State Department Spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau. In fact, the State Department is insisting that “[t]he department does not believe it was inappropriate for Mr. Band or any other individual to recommend someone be considered for employment at the State Department.”
That was an answer that may not suit voters this year, including Former New York Mayor Rudy Rudy Giuliani.
Many Americans see the Judicial Watch organization’s discovery of the perhaps previously overlooked Clinton emails as plausible evidence that there was an improper relationship going on during Hillary Clinton’s stint as President Barack Obama’s Secretary of State. With 44 email exchanges now uncovered by the organization, not previously turned over to the State Department, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton had something to say about the entire thing.
“No wonder Hillary Clinton and Huma Abedin hid emails from the American people, the courts and Congress. They show the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, and operatives worked with Hillary Clinton in potential violation of the law.”
Like ‘bribery’ or ‘racketeering’ to Giuliani
It stinks like “bribery,” according to former prosecutor Rudy Giuliani over on a YouTube video interview with a Fox Business host. Giuliani stated in the interview on Wednesday that the former Secretary of State’s involvement with the Clinton Foundation seemed like it would become “an excellent racketeering case,” as it seemed to him that the State Department became “a funding operation” for the Clinton’s Foundation. (Listen to the discussion.)
Message to the AG
The reaction from some in Congress is evidence there is an odor of impropriety emanating here. Senator John Cornyn, per the story over at Fox News, sent a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday asking the Department of Justice about news that they “turned down” requests to investigate the Clinton Foundation for possible impropriety or “wrongdoing.” Senator Cornyn sees a problem, this is clear.
“As the press have reported widely and emails released over the past few days confirmed, representatives of the Foundation repeatedly sought special treatment for its donors and associates from senior officials at the State Department. This kind of conduct is unacceptable, and reflects the worst concerns harbored by the public about the abuse of government office to benefit the powerful at the expense of the American people.”
Inviting closer scrutiny
To many voters, Clinton’s behavior begs closer scrutiny. Last year, writer Steve Eder reported for the New York Times that “for decades” Hillary Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham “has tried to use his connections with his sister and his brother-in-law, former President Bill Clinton,” to further a business career. It would not surprise too many American voters that others have also sought the same favor with them.
Eder also mentions Rodham’s brother-in-law, former President Bill Clinton, has worked as a “co-chairman of Haiti’s earthquake recovery commission.” That relationship sheds some light on a situation which perhaps needs additional scrutiny as well, as Eder recounts Rodham’s assertion that “a guy in Haiti” actually “donated” thousands of acres of land to him. Further, Rodham is described by Eder as stating that he had to “lean” on his brother-in-law, Bill Clinton, to even get the rebuilding project for Haiti funded.
So, if the State Department wants to play with the press, just let them. However, voters should demand from their Congressmen, and all persons of leadership, that this situation will only get worse if it is not investigated fully. Or, as Hillary Clinton tries to focus the nation’s eyes on some sort of beautiful future to believe in and build, we may all end up shoveling the stink off the past and regretting the fact no one more closely pushed to find the truth of the matter. Don’t believe everything that is told, especially if it appears on a campaign website. The information states that the email account was “a matter of convenience. It enabled [Hillary Clinton] to reach people quickly and keep in regular touch with her family and friends more easily given her travel schedule.”
Rudy Giuliani, as well as some voters, might disagree.
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