Through one of John Podesta’s leaked emails, we learned that officials from the government of Qatar gave the Clinton Foundation $1 million in celebration of Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday.
These funds were never reported to the State Department.
When Hillary Clinton became Secretary of State in 2009, she signed an ethics agreement in which she promised the foundation would notify the State Department’s ethics official if a new foreign government donated or “increase materially” its contributions.
The Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011.
Well, you can see the problem. This is a huge violation of that agreement.
In April 2012, Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, sent an email stating the Qataris wanted to meet Bill “for five minutes” in New York City.
Clinton Foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra told Reuters that the $1 million gift was not a “material increase” in Qatar’s contributions. But Qatar had given between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation in total, meaning the $1 million gift represented between a 20% to 100% increase.
The State Department told Reuters it had no record of the Qatar donation.
Is that so? Are you really that surprised?
The Foundation admitted in 2016 that the Clinton Health Access Initiative had not published a list of its donors since 2010, despite Hillary’s promise to do so annually.
As Reuters noted, Clinton Foundation officials acknowledged they sometimes evaded the agreement with the Obama administration, but blamed oversights. At least eight other countries in addition to Qatar gave new or increased funding to the foundation, most often for the Clinton Health Access Initiative.
The blame oversights? Right, because nothing related to the Clintons can be blamed for anything.
Hillary and the left are constantly demanding Trump’s tax returns. Why didn’t she release an annual list of her donors?
She demands transparency but refuses to give it? Thank goodness she is not the one in our White House right now!