The Clinton Family's Typhoid Mary Problem and Bill's Deflated Balls
I have a new story at Harper's in which I report that after endless delays and excuses, the Clinton Foundation released its 2014 tax return as well as amended returns for the previous four years and an audit of its finances. Journalists are going to be scouring through this new financial information and pumping out “balanced” stories that evade what is already evident, namely that the Clintons have used their foundation for crass profiteering and influence peddling.
If the Justice Department and law enforcement agencies do their jobs, the foundation will be closed and its current and past trustees, who include Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton, will be indicted. That’s because their so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich Clinton family friends.
Here's how I closed the piece, which apparently and allegedly was reviewed by lawyers for Harper's:
"So why haven’t the Clintons gotten caught? My intelligence source summed up the situation perfectly in explaining why the Benghazi Committee has not thus far bagged them. “The Democrats are stupid but they have ruthless leadership. The Republicans are even dumber. Donald Trump is an idiot but he’s right about one thing: We are led by stupid people. These are some of the dumbest motherfuckers I have ever seen.”
In addition, I noted that a number of Clinton cronies have been on the Clinton Foundation’s payroll, and cited two: Doug Band, a Clinton administration veteran who subsequently became a founding partner of a bipartisan clusterfuck called Teneo Holdings, and Huma Abedin, an employee of the Foundation and of Teneo during 2013. (Disclosure: Abedin is married to former New York congressman Anthony Weiner. Sydney Elaine Leathers, the woman who deflated Weiner’s political balls, is a personal friend of mine.)
(Disclosure: In the Harper's story I also compared Sidney Blumenthal. the Clinton's long-time political hatchet man, to Typhoid Mary.)
Anyway, to get the full story you'll have to click on one of those links, but here's a few things that were cut, purely for reasons of space, along with a small amount of context:
A Canadian “charity” called the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) —which is run by one of Bill Clinton’s close friends, Frank Giustra—has been moving significant sums of money into the Clinton Foundation’s flagship in New York.
There’s no way for the public to know precisely how much total money the CGEP has taken in over the years or how much it has over forwarded on to the Clinton Foundation because under Canadian non-profit law, unlike in the United States, donors to charities don’t need to be reported to tax authorities. Earlier this year, after being severely criticized by the Canadian press, the CGEP released the names of thirty of its donors, but more than 1,000 are still unknown.
Bill and Hillary Clinton have in tandem made enormous sums of money since Bill left the White House. One person told me that if I matched up Hillary’s travel as secretary of state with Bill’s foreign speaking engagements -- he typically gets paid huge amounts of money for a short speech -- I would be stunned:
He was right, it's just unbelievable and brazen. Here's one example involving the above-mentioned CGEP. The Clinton Foundation’s website says the CGEP was established by Bill and Frank “to create new enterprises that capitalize market opportunities to generate social impact by addressing existing market gaps in developing country supply or distribution chains.”
On its website, the CGEP says it was established so that “Mr. Giustra and other Canadian residents could receive a charitable tax credit in support of Mr. Giustra’s vision of working toward innovative solutions to poverty alleviation on a global scale.”
As examples, it notes that in Colombia the good people at CGEP have provided “4.3 million meals to 4,000 underserved children” and “skills training and various construction certifications to 5,424 marginalized individuals.” It’s enough to bring tears to your eyes, but if you stop to think about it providing “various construction certifications” and food to a few thousand “underserved” kids in a country like Colombia probably doesn’t cost a lot of money.
Giustra has also made a pile of money in Colombia, as he did in Kazakhstan, with the help of Bill Clinton. Incidentally, Colombia is the Latin American nation most dominated by the United States and is run by a brutal political-military partnership. As president Bill Clinton overlooked some very nasty human rights atrocities committed by the Colombian government, which earned him its, and its successors, eternal gratitude.
Bill and Hillary once tag-teamed, travel-wise, in Colombia. This was in 2010, where Hillary held a press conference on June 9 with President Alvaro Uribe, a thieving murderer who was heavily underwritten by the Obama administration in his efforts to (simultaneously) slaughter Colombia’s rural poor, crush unions and promote bilateral trade with the United States.
Speaking of simultaneously, Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra were in Colombia at the very same time, one of their many joint trips to the country during which the duo launched Clinton Foundation projects and where Bill helped Frank rape and pillage Colombia’s natural resources. During this particular trip Bill was also giving a few speeches, for which he was very richly paid, as recounted in Peter Schweizer’s book, “Clinton Cash.” In her memoir – Hard Choices – Hillary described this allegedly unplanned holiday with her husband as “a happy coincidence in our hectic schedules.”
For more such happy coincidences, read my Harper's story and contribute to me here at Byline.