Hillary and Bill have been hit with serious criticism in the wake of Clinton Cash – a book and documentary exposing the Clinton Foundation for what it really is. Donald Trump, The Huffington Post, and others have demanded that she shut down the entire operation.
For weeks, Hillary has been harangued with questions about the money laundering and international schemes exposed in Clinton Cash. Among other suspicious dealings, the Clinton Foundation has “accepted tens of millions of dollars from countries that the State Department – before, during, and after Mrs. Clinton’s time as secretary – criticized for their records on sex discrimination and other human rights issues. The countries include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Omen, Brunei, and Algeria,” reports The New York Times (full article linked below).
The Times also highlights “a deal involving the sale of American uranium holdings to a Russian state-owned enterprise…which involved major Clinton charitable backers from Canada.”
Is this the type of organization Hillary and Bill can continue to operate if Hillary becomes the nation’s president? Absolutely not – and calls to shut down the controversial nonprofit are coming from political figures on the left and right.
“I definitely think if she wins the presidency, they have to disband it,” admits longtime Clinton ally Ed Rendell. “I know it’ll be hard for President (Bill) Clinton because he cares very deeply about what the Foundation has done. It’d be impossible to keep the Foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem.”
The Boston Globe’s editorial board echoed Rendell’s sentiment on Tuesday: “Even if they’ve done nothing illegal, the Foundation will always look too much like a conflict of interest for comfort.”
Bill seems to be cooperating with demands, even going so far as to promise to resign from his position in the Foundation if his wife ends up in the White House. On Thursday, he told Foundation employees that the nonprofit would no longer be accepting corporate or foreign donations if Hillary wins in November. Bill has also pledged to stop delivering paid speeches.
Many are viewing Bill’s promises as a sign of weakness. “The new pledge is a stunning tacit admission of wrongdoing,” writes Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer. But even if the Clintons decide to shut down their mockery of a nonprofit, that doesn’t erase all the dirty deals the Clintons have made throughout their political careers.
“Moreover, if, as has ben confirmed by numerous mainstream media organizations, Hillary Clinton violated her ethics pledge with the Obama Administration to disclose all Clinton Foundation donations, why should the American people believe she would now honor a pledge to forgo bagging cash from foreign oligarchs and countries?” asks Schweizer.
On top of that, the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (CGEP) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) have stated that they will continue to collect donations no matter what happens in November. Chelsea Clinton, who serves as Vice Chairwoman of the Foundation, is expected to continue her role even if her parents back out – a move that is sure to cause problems if Hillary becomes president.