By following the money, a government watchdog has revealed evidence of the dark connection between Hillary Clinton and major political donors.
Government watchdog Judicial Watch recently released 448 pages of previously undisclosed documents revealing pay-to-play schemes from Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state. The documents expose new incidents of long-time Clinton ally Huma Abedin providing special treatment to major donors of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative while serving as the deputy chief of staff during Hillary Clinton’s tenure in the State Department.
During the course of the congressional investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi embassy attack, it was revealed that the former secretary of state had violated State Department protocol by conducting official business on her family’s private, unsecured email server.
On August 8th, 2015, the former secretary of state announced, “I, Hillary Rodham Clinton, declare under penalty of perjury that the following is true and correct…I have directed that all my e-mails on clintonemail.com in my custody that were or potentially were federal records to be provided to the Department of State, and on information and belief, this has been done.”
Clinton went on to declare that 55,000 pages of emails have already been turned over, and represent all official government emails transferred over her private server.
However, six of the documents included in the 448-page document dump released by Judicial Watch were not previously turned over to the State Department, contradicting Hillary Clinton’s declaration under oath. In total, 439 emails have been uncovered that should have been turned over with the 55,000 other emails.
Perhaps these emails were not turned over because they reveal a pay-to-play scheme between major Clinton Foundation donors and the former secretary of state.
One of the documents from July 2009 exposed Clinton Global Initiative co-founder and head Doug Band telling Huma Abedin that she will “[n]eed to show love” to Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris. Abedin was instructed to introduce Liveris and Hillary Clinton, and she was asked to mention both Doug Band and Bill Clinton by name during the course of the meeting. Dow Chemical is one of the largest donors to the Clinton Foundation and has offered up to $5 million to Clinton charities.
In another incident of apparent pay-to-play, Hillary Clinton had her brother, Tony Rodham, act as a go-between for Korean businessman and Clinton donor Richard Park. Park has been making major donations to the Clinton family since 1993 when he offered a donation to then-President Bill Clinton. Park is listed as a $100,000 to $250,000 donor to the Clinton Foundation.
Through his donations and his close relationship with Tony Rodham, Park was offered a direct line to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In 2012, Park pushed for Bill Clinton to attend a speaking event in North Korea. He also sent emails to Tony Rodham, asking him to “forward this to your sister.”
Despite uncovering new evidence, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton is concerned Clinton will never be held accountable for her actions. “I’m not sure how much more evidence of pay-for-play, classified information mishandling, and influence peddling from Clinton’s email server one would need to show a serious criminal investigation is required.”
Only time will tell if Hillary Clinton and her crew will be held accountable, or whether we in the United States live in a two-tier system of justice.