The corruption scandals just keep getting worse for Hillary Clinton. Charges have been bandied about for a while now that foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation received special treatment by the State Department while Hillary was in charge. Yesterday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the issue, and he refused to deny it. Here is video courtesy of the Washington Free Beacon:
He never says “No”. He only says that no one has brought forth “any tangible evidence”, and he follows this statement up by saying, “I’m not going to be in a position here where every time someone raises a spurious claim that I’m going to be the one to sit down here and say its not true.”
It’s a classic political response, but anyone with a brain can read between the lines here. The press secretary for the so-called most transparent administration in history is refusing to deny that there were any special favors given to Clinton Foundation donors.
In case you need a rundown of the accusations at hand, this article from the Washington Post, of all places, is a great place to start. In particular, take note of this:
Nearly half of the major donors who are backing Ready for Hillary, a group promoting her 2016 presidential bid, as well as nearly half of the bundlers from her 2008 campaign, have given at least $10,000 to the foundation, either on their own or through foundations or companies they run.
The Clintons have relied heavily on their close ties to Wall Street, with donations from the financial services sector representing the largest share of corporate donors.
And many of the foundation’s biggest donors are foreigners who are legally barred from giving to U.S. political candidates. A third of foundation donors who have given more than $1 million are foreign governments or other entities based outside the United States, and foreign donors make up more than half of those who have given more than $5 million.
The Clinton Foundation might indeed do charitable work. However, its primary purpose is to keep the Clinton name in the news and provide the rich and powerful with a way to get close to the former First Family. Right now, even the White House isn’t denying this.
This whole issue is yet another reason to give people pause about voting for Hillary. The Democrats love to rail about getting the special interests out of politics, but Hillary might be the most beholden to them of any candidate in decades. It’s not just any special interests, either. These are foreign interests, including people from countries with horrible human rights records.
The Foundation’s changes are not enough. I have my disagreements with [mc_name name=’Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’P000603′ ], but on this issue he is absolutely right. They are “thinly veiled bribes” and should be returned immediately. All of them. The Foundation should also refuse all foreign donations.
Remember this as we draw closer to November 2016.