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The Clintons Play 'Catch Us if You Can'

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The United States Office of Government Ethics makes clear that “Executive Branch employees have a continuing obligation to take the actions necessary to comply with ethics laws and regulations concerning conflicting financial interests and impartiality.”

The rules/laws go on to state: A criminal conflict of interest statute, 18 U.S.C. Sec 208, prohibits an employee from participating personally and substantially, in an official capacity, in any “particular matter” that would have a direct and predictable effect on the employee’s own financial interests or on the financial interests of:

  • The employee’s spouse or minor child
  •  An organization in which the employee serves as an officer, director, trustee, general partner, or employee
 
A “particular matter” is virtually any government matter to which an employee might be assigned, including policy matters and matters involving specific parties, such as contracts or grants. (A few matters in government, however, may be so broad in scope that the conflict of interest law does not require an employee’s disqualification even though the employee’s own or “imputed” financial interests are among those affected by the matter.)

Disqualification (“recusal”) is mandatory in the circumstances specified in the statute. Moreover, disqualification is often the appropriate way to prevent a conflict of interest in the long term, unless an “exemption” applies or the circumstances warrant use of other means of resolving conflicts of interest.”

Hillary Clinton as secretary of state was not only bound by these laws but she was also bound by the separate agreement she made with the White House about her involvement and that of her family in the Clinton Foundation.

She promised not to even give the appearance of impropriety in her dealings as secretary of state and her husband also agreed to strict guidelines of behavior.

There is enough evidence to deduce that the Clintons honored their agreement and responsibilities in the breach. The rules do not apply to the Clintons even when they “agree” to them.

We now know that there is circumstantial evidence through donations to the Clinton Foundation and to Bill Clinton by way of speaking fees that at a minimum raises the question of quid pro quo for foreign governments and businesses receiving government benefits for their expenditures. At a maximum there was actual bribery among other crimes such as conspiracy, tax evasion, and more.

In an effort to cover their tracks in advance of Hillary running for POTUS, she deletes all her official emails as secretary of state that she kept exclusively on a private server under a private nongovernment email at her home in New York.

All you need to do is to follow the money and it becomes crystal clear that the Clintons personally gained financially while Hillary was secretary of state. There is doubt that foreign governments and nongovernment foreign entities received U.S. government benefits and actions for their “investments” in Bill Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.

Politifact.com reported the following: “We pulled the information from the Clinton Foundation website, which tracks donors by contribution range. As it is, we don’t have exact amount for each donation, nor do we know when the contribution was made — except donations made in 2014, which were marked on the site.

Here’s what we found. Due to search constraints on the Clinton Foundation’s website and the vast number of small donations, we’re including only contributions larger than $25,000."

At the bottom of this column, take a look at just some of the donations and then ask yourself using good judgment and common sense if these donations were made without the expectation of access, influence, or action.

In addition, The New York Times reported that Uranium One made a donation of more than $2.35 million — donations that were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons despite the obligation to do so.

It appears that Uranium One gave this money with the expectation that Secretary Clinton would help in approving a Russian bid for mining assets in Kazakhstan and the U.S. that did happen.

During Hillary Clinton’s four years at the State Department, her husband was paid $47.7 million in speaking fees. As critics have noted, most of his highest paid speeches were given abroad between 2009 and 2013. The average cost of a speech was $200k and there were at least three speeches he gave overseas at a fee in excess of $700k.

The Clintons have a lot to answer for, but they won’t. Their modus operandi is to deny, deny, deny, blame, and run the clock. They have destroyed evidence and set out their attack dogs to once again allege a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for questioning their conduct, official or otherwise.

The fact is that Hillary is running for president of the United States and as such she must account for her actions and inactions as secretary of state and as a principal of a charitable foundation that has her family name.

Bill Clinton also has much to answer for as he profited mightily from his wife’s official government position.

But, like all scandals involving the Clinton’s — it is catch us if you can. And we will.

Foreign government                                                                Amount
Tenerife Island government                                             $25,000 to $50,000
Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah                                             $25,000 to $50,000
Government of Jamaica                                                   $50,000 to $100,000
Kingdom of Bahrain                                                        $50,000 to $100,000
Federal Republic of Germany                                         $100,000 to $250,000
Embassy of Algeria                                                         $250,000 to $500,000
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada           $250,000 to $500,000
Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office                            $500,000 to $1,000,000
State of Qatar                                                                   $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Government of Brunei Darussalam                                 $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Sultanate of Oman                                                           $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
United Arab Emirates                                                      $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
UK Department for International Development              $1,000,000 to $5,000,000
Commonwealth of Australia                                            $5,000,000 to $10,000,000
Government of the Netherlands                                       $5,000,000 to $10,000,000
State of Kuwait                                                                 $5,000,000 to $10,000,000
Australian Agency for International Development          $10,000,000 to $25,000,000
Government of Norway                                                    $10,000,000 to $25,000,000
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia                                                $10,000,000 to $25,000,000

Bradley A. Blakeman served as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001-04. He is currently a professor of politics and public policy at Georgetown University and a frequent contributor to Fox News Opinion. Read more reports from Bradley Blakeman — Click Here Now.

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