Sunday, January 15, 2017

CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVE SHUTS DOWN

The FBI and various congressional commissions have been conducting investigations into corruption and charity fraud related to the Bill and Hillary Clinton Foundation. More on www.CharlesOrtel.com. See also "Clinton Cash". The matter for the time being is focusing on the so called Pay-For-Play scandals. The Wikileaks handy ebook in reader format

UPDATE: In a "mass layoff" event reported late last week by the Department of Labor, the Clinton Foundation announced it would lay off some 22 employees at the Clinton Global Initiative, which attained notoriety during the John Podesta leaks, when the various details of the fallout between between CGI head Doug Band and Chelsea Clinton were revealed; it also emerged that long-time Bill Clinton friend Band was soliciting donations for Clinton through his PR firm, Teneo in an sordid example of "pay for play" which most of the mainstream media refused to cover, especially after Band emailed Podesta "If this story gets out, we are screwed." Filed as mandated by the Department of Labor's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN notice, on January 12, the Clinton Foundation's Veronika Shiroka advised the DOL that as part of a "Plant Layoff" it would layoff 22 workers on April 15, with reason for the dislocation stated as "Discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative."  (More)







Nov. 22, 2016


TRUMP NOT INTERFERING IN CLINTON PROBE


President-elect Donald Trump will not pursue an investigation into Hillary Clinton, Kellyanne Conway said today in "Morning Joe." In a meeting with the New York Times, Trump said he doesn't feel strongly about going after Clinton, stressing that he wants to contribute to Hillary's healing process. He's basically saying that he will not unduly influence the FBI or the DoJ in the matter.








Nov. 7, 2016


SOURCES: FORMER CLINTON FOUNDATION CEO IN PROTECTIVE CUSTODY


Despite the FBI halting for now its investigation if Hillary is implated in the Weiner case (although the fact that classified information was found on his laptop, is a no brainer!), a number of other investigations are still active, among them into the Clinton Foundation. The first item may look like a conspiracy, it is very HUGE, if true. Scroll down to Oct. 25.

Last week, we reported the disappearance of former CEO of the Clinton Foundation Eric Braverman. Intel provided suggested that he fled the country fearing for his life, seeking asylum in Russia. That was nine days ago, and there has still been no word from (or sightings of) Eric Braverman. However, a new source within the intelligence community suggests that was misinformation intentionally spread through social media by several sources, and in fact, he is being held in protective custody by the FBI in exchange for his testimony against Hillary Clinton.  (More

The inner workings of a mysterious off-the-books arm of the Clinton Foundation were partially revealed in the hacked emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. The little-known Haiti Development Fund, an LLC incorporated in Delaware in August 2010, was created by the Clinton Foundation with an initial endowment of $20 million from shady Canadian mining mogul Frank Giustra and Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim. The Fund was supposed to supply desperately needed seed money to Haitian entrepreneurs after an earthquake devastated the country in January 2010. But The Post found only one project that it funded with a fraction of the start-up cash. Since the Fund is incorporated as a private entity and not a non-profit, it is not subject to the same disclosure rules as a public charity. And the Clinton Foundation never disclosed the Fund as a “related entity” on its tax filings as required by IRS rules. It was only after the Clinton Foundation, under mounting scrutiny and media pressure, “voluntarily” decided to refile five years’ worth of tax returns in 2015 that the Fund appears on the forms. (More










Nov. 6, 2016


CLINTON FOUNDATION, A SPIDER WEB OF CORRUPTION


Justice Dept. insider Hector Morenco keeps leaking valuable information about a host of issues. Here he is about the Clinton Foundation. 





Nov. 3, 2016


RUDI GIULIANI: "LYNCH HAS CORRUPTED THE JUSTICE DEPT."




Nov. 2, 2016 FoxNews: Mayor Rudi Giuliani: "I could write an indictment in two months."

Crowder: Let me break this down for you real simple for any errant leftist who found this site while searching for Gender Queer styling tips. As a general rule, people who join the FBI respect the law. Some may even love the law. These FBI agents go through intense study and training with dreams of taking down baddies. Sometimes with a gun, sometimes with a pen. FBI agents, as a general rule, are in the FBI so they can be good guys. Okay? Okay. So when agents discovered Hillary Clinton, a politician sitting at the tippity-top of our government, was possibly engaging in criminality, which may have endangered the security of the United States, these FBI agents wanted to pursue. Good guys vs. Bad Lady with Cankles. (More)

The FBI and Department of Justice had a fierce battle behind the scenes about whether or not to “aggressively” pursue an investigation into the Clinton Foundation after the bureau obtained secret recordings of a suspect talking about the foundation but prosecutors regarded the information as worthless hearsay. Using informants and information from an unrelated investigations, FBI agents thought they had enough to go after the foundation based on the book “Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich,” the Wall Street Journal reported. (Source)





Nov. 2, 2016


FBI INVESTIGATING CLINTON FOUNDATION PAY-FOR-PLAY 


Fox News is breaking news tonight that the Public Corruption Branch of the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI are investigating Pay-for-Play interaction between the Secretary of State and the Clinton Foundation. The National Security Dept. of the FBI has found non duplicate emails on Weiner's laptop that have not been turned over to investigators. Weiner himself has checked into a rehab clinic. The Mills and Samuelson laptops mentioned in the now voided immunity deals were not destroyed and still exist. The FBI is looking at an early indictment. Better quality footage on Facebook





OBSTRUCTION OF CLINTON FOUNDATION INVESTIGATION


Loretta Lynch and Podesta's man at the DoJ Kadzik on the one hand and the FBI's second in command, McCabe -- who was paid off by Hillary/McAuliff -- is blocking the FBI's team that investigates the Clinton Foundation, from getting access to the emails treasure trove on Huma/Weiner's laptop. Rank and file want to move the investigation of the emails to another FBI office that is sympathetic to exposing corruption. The DoJ is blocking it. We need to keep our eye on the ball, which is the pay for play racket at the Foundation.

Why is Lynch rushing the search for classified e-mails but blocking the pay-to-play corruption probe? The Wall Street Journal’s report that, for over a year, the FBI has been investigating the Clinton Foundation for potential financial crimes and influence peddling is, as Rich Lowry said Monday, a blockbuster. As I argued over the weekend, the manner in which the State Department was put in the service of the Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary is shocking. It is suggestive of a pattern of pay-to-play bribery, the monetizing of political influence, fraud, and obstruction of justice that the Justice Department should be investigating as a possible RICO conspiracy under the federal anti-racketeering laws.  (...) it was already clear that Lynch’s Justice Department was stunningly derelict in hamstringing the bureau’s e-mails investigation. But now that we know the FBI was simultaneously investigating the Clinton Foundation yet being denied access to the Clinton e-mails, the dereliction appears unconscionable. It had to be screamingly obvious that the Clinton State Department e-mails, run through a server that also supported Clinton Foundation activities, would be critically important to any probe of the Foundation. (More)
Here we learn that the FBI's McCabe (yes, that McCabe), sat on his hands when he should have gotten a warrant for the emails investigation. (More) Still unclear? Try the Rush transcript.



 
Oct. 28, 2016


HILLARY'S PRIVATE SERVER HID FOUNDATION CORRUPTION




On Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer argued that Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton set up her email server because she anticipated having things to hide, and now we know “exactly what she anticipated having to hide,” the “dirty” workings and “rank corruption” of the Clinton Foundation. Krauthammer said, “It was obvious she was hiding something. And think about it, she set it up in 2009, before becoming Secretary of State. So, she anticipated having exchanges that she would not want anyone to see. So, we’ve been asking ourselves on this set for a year almost, what exactly didn’t she want people to see? Well, now we know. And as we speculated, the most plausible explanation was the rank corruption of the Clinton Foundation, and its corrupt — I don’t know if it’s illegal, but corrupt relationship with the State Department. And her only defense as we saw earlier, the Democrats are saying, well, there was nothing she did…that was corrupted by donations. You can believe that if you want, but there’s a reason that people give donations in large amounts, and that’s to influence the outcome of decisions. So, this — we are getting unfolding to us, exactly what she anticipated having to hide, and it is really dirty business.” He later added that Hillary learned from the Lewinsky scandal that lying allows you to get away with inappropriate conduct. (Source includes video)





FOUNDATION MEMO DESTROYS LAST CLINTON DEFENSE 


According to Wikileaks there are 124 references to "quid pro quo" and "pay to play" across WikiLeaks Clinton, Podesta and DNC emails. A major point of the Doug Band revelations is, that it has now become very hard if not impossible for the Democrats and their apologists in the media to maintain the non argument that "the documents are stolen by the Russians and have been tampered with". This is a memo of several pages long that can't have all been 'doctered'.
Band wrote the memo in 2011 to foundation lawyers conducting a review of the organization amid a brewing feud with the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea Clinton, who was taking a stronger role in leading the foundation and had expressed concerns about Teneo’s operations. The memo lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department. It describes how Band helped run what he called “Bill Clinton Inc.,” obtaining “in-kind services for the President and his family – for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.” (More




Oct. 27, 2016


CLINTON FOUNDATION OR BILL CLINTON INC.? 


In a 2011 memo, an aide to Bill Clinton laid out the messy relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the former president's personal interests, detailing how some foundation donors also paid Clinton to speak and provide consulting services. (...) Doug Band, a long-time aide to Bill Clinton, wrote the 2011 memo as part of an internal audit at the Clinton Foundation. In trying to explain his role in the Foundation, Band also brought up a series of instances he and his consulting company, Teneo Holdings, helped Bill Clinton secure for-profit contracts. (...) “Independent of our fundraising and decision-making activities on behalf of the Foundation, we have dedicated ourselves to helping the President secure and engage in for-profit activities — including speeches, books, and advisory service engagements," Band wrote.

"In that context, we have in effect served as agents, lawyers, managers and implementers to secure speaking, business and advisory service deals. In support of the President’s for-profit activity, we also have solicited and obtained, as appropriate, in-kind services for the President and his family — for personal travel, hospitality, vacation and the like.” At one point, Band even referred to the former president’s money-making enterprises as “Bill Clinton, Inc.” Band said and Justin Cooper, another long-time aide, weren’t separately compensated for helping Bill Clinton profit. “We do not receive a fee for, or percentage of, the more than $50 million in for-profit activity we have personally helped to secure for President Clinton to date or the $66 million in future contracts, should he choose to continue with those engagements,” he continued.

 Band offered specific examples of donors who also worked with Bill Clinton in a private capacity as well. Band noted that Laureate International Universities was a foundation donor, having donated $1.4 million at the time the memo was written. The for-profit college network ultimately retained the former president as an adviser, paying him millions of dollars over several years. “Laureate is a Foundation relationship that evolved into a personal advisory services business relationship for President Clinton,” Band wrote in the memo. He said he began managing the relationship which Teneo partners took over in 2011, and which Band said "is very time-consuming. Laureate pays President Clinton $3.5 million annually to provide advice and serve as their Honorary Chairman.”

Another Teneo client, GEMS education, had donated approximately $780,000 by the time the memo was written in 2011. “Gems approached President Clinton in 2009 to seek his personal services as an advisor to the company,” Band wrote. “Justin and I convinced them to initiate a relationship to the Foundation, which they did; that relationship has grown into a business relationship for President Clinton and a donor relationship for CGI.” In an email to Podesta, who at the time was involved with the Clinton Foundation, Band brought up the fact he had been required to sign a conflict of interest policy because his wife designed bags for the charity and his consulting firm represented some of the foundation donors.

“Oddly, wjc (William Jefferson Clinton) does not have to sign such a document even though he is personally paid by 3 cgi (Clinton Global Initiative) sponsors, gets many expensive gifts from them, some that are at home etc,” Band wrote. “I could add 500 different examples of things like this.” A spokesperson from Teneo forwarded a statement to USA TODAY. “As the memo demonstrates, Teneo worked to encourage clients, where appropriate, to support the Clinton Foundation because of the good work that it does around the world. It also clearly shows that Teneo never received any financial benefit or benefit of any kind from doing so,” the statement said. (Source)




Oct. 25, 2016


FORMER CLINTON FOUNDATION CEO "SEEKS ASYLUM" IN RUSSIA




Oct 25, 2016 Israeli News Live: Eric Braverman, the former CEO to Clinton foundation sought asylum at the Russian consulate in New York.

Russian news is reporting that the former CEO of the Clinton foundation, Eric Braverman has asked asylum at the Russian consulate in New York. The claim is as yet  not confirmed by reliable sources. Zero Hedge published an article on Braverman just a few days ago, with the title, Meet The Man Who Can Expose "The Real Hillary Clinton Scandal" (source). An English translation on a site called What Does It Mean (source) states that Braverman may not actually want asylum, as his actions seem more in accordance with someone seeking protection, as Braverman did not request anonymity as is common for asylum seekers, according to Russian consulate officials. The appearance of Braverman purportedly has led to some turmoil in the Kremlin as to what to do; granting asylum would create just another American accusation that Russia is trying to control the outcome of the US election, while Hillary Clinton is using "anti-Russia red-baiting at a level not seen since days of McCarthyism". The plot is evidently thickening.





Oct. 3, 2016


CLINTON FOUNDATION REFILES AFTER FAILED TAX AUDIT


Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors. The foundation and its list of donors have been under intense scrutiny in recent weeks. Republican critics say the foundation makes Clinton, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, vulnerable to undue influence. Her campaign team calls these claims “absurd conspiracy theories.” The charities’ errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters.




Aug. 25, 2016

AP ANALYSIS OF HILLARY'S PAY-TO-PLAY 

The mainstream of the mainstream media, Associated Press is now publishing the story of Clinton's pay-for-play at State. That means the levees are about to break.




Aug. 12, 2016

(VIDEO) "CLINTON CASH": FBI WORKING AROUND DOJ BLOCK

Multiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official. The investigation centers on New York City where the Clinton Foundation has its main offices, according to the former official who has direct knowledge of the activities. Prosecutorial support will come from various U.S. Attorneys Offices — a major departure from other centralized FBI investigations. The New York-based probe is being led by Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara’s prosecutorial aggressiveness has resulted in a large number of convictions of banks, hedge funds and Wall Street insiders. The official said involvement of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York “would be seen by agents as a positive development as prosecutors there are generally thought to be more aggressive than the career lawyers within the DOJ.” (...)  Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for Bharara, said he would “decline comment.” Similarly, FBI spokeswoman Samantha Shero said, “we do not have a comment on investigative activity.” Bharara is best known for securing convictions of prominent political figures (...)




Aug. 3, 2016

THE RUSSIA CONNECTION 

Both the IRS and the FBI are now investigating the Clinton Foundation. As a campaign strategy the Clinton camp is accusing Trump of involvement with the Russians. This is standard textbook how the Left is dealing also with European 'populist' parties. But what about the involvement of the Clintons with Russia? They are up to their eye balls in Russian schemes. There's the uranium deal. But wait, there's more.




Aug. 1, 2016

IRS INVESTIGATING CLINTON FOUNDATION

"Clinton Cash" author, Peter Schweizer, recently took to the airwaves to explain why the IRS investigation of the Clinton Foundation should be a "big deal" (also see Clinton Cash: "Devastating" Documentary Reveals How Clintons Went From "Dead Broke" To Mega Wealthy") even though he expressed some "skepticism" over the ability of Obama's IRS to run an impartial investigation. As we we've reported (see "IRS Launches Investigation Of Clinton Foundation"), the IRS recently launched an investigation of the Clinton Foundation after receiving a letter signed by 64 Republicans of the House of Representative which described the Clinton Foundation as a “lawless ‘pay-to-play’ enterprise that has been operating under a cloak of philanthropy for years.” Somehow we, too, are doubtful that the IRS will lead this investigation with the same kind of vigor they displayed when looking into local Tea Party organizations and religious charities during the last election cycle. When asked why the IRS should be concerned about the Clinton Foundation, Mr. Schweizer explained:
"The big deal is that...there are international anti-bribery standards that say bribing a public official can mean giving them money, giving their family money, or giving their charity money. Just because it's a charity doesn't mean that it's not important or not interesting...it constitutes bribery every bit as much as if somebody's putting money in somebody's pocket for a benefit." 

BACKGROUND


Aug. 25, 2016

UPDATE ON CLINTON CORRUPTION INVESTIGATIONS




Aug 18, 2016 The Clinton Foundation has been linked to all sorts of illegal activity, from bribes to money laundering, which is now under FBI investigation. More on www.CharlesOrtel.com. See also "Clinton Cash".

Although AP has set off a tsunami of articles on the Clinton corruption in the mainstream media, true to character they're also ruthlessly attacking the messenger in an attempt to discredit Wikileaks. It isn't the first time, by the way. IBTimes has an update on the various investigations; while Breitbart has a list of eleven establishment outlets and journalists urging the Clintons either to shutter the Foundation or pass off its assets to some other unaffiliated nonprofit. (Source)