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There's Pay To Play, and then there's Hillary's State Department.
Hillary Clinton put the State Department up for sale, with top aides pulling strings and doing favors for fat-cat donors to the Clinton Foundation — including a shady billionaire, according to smoking-gun emails released Tuesday.
The stunning revelations include how wealthy contributors seeking influence or prestigious government gigs could fork over piles of cash to get access to Clinton's inner circle, including top aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.
Read the whole thing. But briefly, the head of the Clinton Foundation arranged a meeting between top US officials and a shady Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire who gave them between $1 million and $5 million and also pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative, all on the say-so of Hillary confidant Cheryl Mills.
The phrase "[it is] important to take care of" this person was used by Mills.
Hmm, "important" indeed. Gotta keep those dollars flowing.
Hillary also used her stint at State to enrich Bill. She went to bat for an embattled Bangladeshi banker who then arranged for payments to Bill from an Abu Dhabi oil company.
A Daily Caller News Foundation investigation traced the convoluted payment by TAQA — formally known as the the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company — to Muhammad Yunus' Grameen Bank. Yunus is a long-time friend and Clinton Foundation donor.
The oil company deal eventually put as much as $500,000 into President Bill Clinton's pockets via a speaking fee he got in Scotland.
Hey, remember when Dick Cheney divested his involvement in Halliburton but was still vilified because the company continued to make a profit? Yeah, good times. Because that's like totally different from how Hillary's family foundation helped Putin corner the uranium market.
Forget renting out the Lincoln Bedroom; a second Clinton presidency would put the whole White House up for sale.
Hillary puts the "quid" in quid pro quo, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.
These are not new concerns. People had been speculating that the Clinton Foundation had become a private version of the State Department, offering easy access to the State Department policy decision-making process for the wealthy and well-connected throughout Obama's first term.
At no time did the U.S. State Department ever say to Bill Clinton that any of his unbelievably lucrative speaking gigs represented a conflict of interest — even if there was reason to believe a foreign government or entities closely allied with a foreign government were paying. Recall the State Department praising the progress of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan as the president's ally invited Bill Clinton to give two speeches in exchange for $1.4 million dollars.
Isn't this kind of influence peddling pretty much what Bob Memendez was accused of doing? And yet he's facing criminal charges, while Hillary and Bill are scot free.
It's good to be Queen!
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