As difficult as it is not to become numb to each new bombshell revelation about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s shady practices, we remain committed to seeing that word gets out about them to expose the would-be president for who she is.
Today’s bombshell is notable, among other things, for the fact that it was dropped by none other than the Associated Press — and even the State Department couldn’t defend it.
As The Hill reports:
Hillary Clinton held dozens of meetings with political donors and other operatives during her time as secretary of State that were left off of her official schedule, a new report found, and the State Department Friday refused to defend the apparent omissions.
Documents obtained by The Associated Press as part of a lawsuit involving the Obama administration showed at least 75 meetings with longtime backers of her political efforts, the Clinton Foundation or other interests that were either not included on her official calendar or whose names were not disclosed.
There were at least 114 nongovernmental officials who attended those meetings and meals with Clinton, the AP found.
On Friday, State Department spokesman John Kirby would not defend the discrepancies, citing both the AP’s lawsuit and the passage of time.
“Regardless of the ongoing litigation I am not in a position — nor should I be expected to — to speak of the scheduling habits of a previous secretary of State,” Kirby told reporters. “I’m not able to do that.”
“It’s a case of ongoing litigation and I’m simply not able to discuss it further.”
No attempts to defend by claiming others before her had done it, or whatever other lame defense they might have concocted. Nope.
The AP located the discrepancies with Clinton’s schedule by comparing a 1,500-page official calendar with separate plans compiled by Clinton’s aides each day.
The omissions would not amount to violations of the law, and many can be explained by changing circumstances or differing levels of detail between the two records, according to Clinton’s campaign.
But Clinton’s critics are likely to view the episode as an example of excessive secrecy and a questionable mix of government business with outside interests.
Yes, indeed. Here we have another attempt by Hillary Clinton to shroud her dealings as Secretary of State in secrecy — dealings that, by all rights, the American people have a right to know.
“It’s clear that any outside influence needs to be clearly identified in some way to at least guarantee transparency. That didn’t happen,” said Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, a nonpartisan government reform group. “These discrepancies are striking because of her possible interest at the time in running for the presidency.” [H/T McClatchy DC]
We already know Hillary Clinton was enriching her personal interests through things like donations from foreign governments; a $55 million State Dept. grant to a university which paid her husband $16 million; and Wall Street speeches, which she’s attempting keep private as well.
Now, these “scores” of meetings omitted (scrubbed?) from her official schedule reveal meetings with Wall Street leaders and CEOs of major companies, as well as major political donors. In many cases, these same individuals both lobbied the government and donated to Clinton’s personal interests, as McClatchy DC reports:
Details about Clinton’s private conversation with her corporate guests were not included in her records. Four of the attendees — Schwarzman, Nooyi, Cote and Kullman — headed companies that later donated to Clinton’s pet diplomatic project of that period, the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo. All the firms represented except Coach lobbied the government in 2009; Blackstone, Honeywell, Omnicom and DuPont lobbied the State Department that year. Schwarzman and Frankfort have personally donated to the Clinton Foundation, and the other firms — except for American Tower and New York Bank of Mellon — also contributed to the Clinton charity.
Politics of personal profit, as presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump says, on full display here. This blatant use of political position to line her own coffers should disgust any American who is awake and still values integrity.
And it’s exactly this type of influence peddling with Wall Street and corporate America that Bernie Sanders built his following on — the same following he’s going to ask to turn around and vote for this fraud. How do y’all think this new Hillary revelation will go over with them? Don’t you think they should know about this?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]