Donald Trump's recent allegations that "as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton laundered money to Bill Clinton through Laureate Education, while Bill Clinton was an honorary chairman of the group" do not stand up to a fact check, according to The Washington Post.
The Post said the Trump campaign refused to provide any supporting information, and research by the newspaper itself showed no evidence to back up the claim.
Trump charged that "Clinton's State Department provided $55.2 million in grants to Laureate Education from 2010-2012. Laureate thanked Bill for providing unbelievable access to the Secretary of State by paying him off $16.5 million."
But the Post says there is no evidence of direct grants from the State Department to Laureate during Hillary Clinton's term as secretary of state.
However, another organization, the International Youth Foundation (IYF), did receive grants of that sum from the State Department and other government agencies to support its various initiatives, which strive to promote education and employment opportunities for youth worldwide.
Clinton's critics have connected the two organizations because Laureate founder and chief executive Doug Becker is also the chairman of IYF's 14-member volunteer board of directors, but the Post says the two organizations are independent of each other.
investigation showed that the IYF was also funded by the Bush
administration as well and received $9 million in State Department grants in 2009, the year before Bill Clinton joined Laureate.
However, other publications do point to connections that at least raise suspicion, although no proof, of under-the-table deals.
The Fiscal Times
reports that as Bill Clinton was making millions from the company, Laureate was listed as both a sponsor of the Clinton Global Initiative and a donor to the Clinton Foundation, raising suspicions of him using his non-profit activities as a way to make large sums of money.
And more suspicion, although no proof, of a quid pro quo arrangement was that Bill Clinton's tenure as Laureate honorary chancellor corresponded with the final two years of Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State, during which the IYF's grants ballooned by some $11 million.
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