The Clinton Cartel Foundation admitted that they accepted a $1 million gift from the Qatari government without notifying the State Department, which is a violation of the ethics agreement Hillary Clinton signed when she became Secretary of State in 2009.
Under the terms of the agreement, Clinton promised the foundation would notify the State Department’s ethics official if a new foreign government wished to donate or if a current foreign donor wished to “increase materially” its contributions, Fox News reported.
Qatari officials pledged the money in 2011 to mark former President Bill Clinton’s 65th birthday – in other words, it was a birthday present for Bill.
The following April, Amitabh Desai, the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, emailed several of his colleagues to say that the Qataris wanted to meet Bill Clinton “‘for five minutes’ in NYC to present [the] check.” Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state until Feb. 1, 2013.
When contacted by Reuters, which first reported on the deal’s ethical ramifications, Clinton Foundation spokesman Brian Cookstra said the $1 million gift did not constitute a “material increase” in the Middle Eastern nation’s contributions.
Reuters, citing the foundation’s own website, reported that Qatar’s own government has directly given a total of between $1 million and $5 million over the years.
The State Department told the news agency it had no record of the Qatar donation and said it was up to the foundation to submit it for review.
The number of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation has opened the Democratic nominee up to conflict-of-interest accusations and raises the possibility that donors gave money with the expectation of receiving political favors in return.
Republican nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly called for Clinton to return donations from countries like Qatar, which has a questionable human rights record.
This is just one of many ‘pay to play’ exchanges that took place and it clearly reveals what will be taking place in the White House should Hillary become president. All the people who paid Bill and Hillary Clinton, and who made large donations will have access to the White House.
Hillary will not be representing the best interests of the American people, they will be looking out for their friends and the special interests groups who paved their way to the White House.