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    The Clinton Foundation’s rapid decline in donor cash has alarmed top ethics watchdogs who say it shows clear red flags of political corruption. Financial disclosures show a precipitous decline in contributions to the Clinton Foundation in the years following former president Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Clinton’s fall from the heights of their political power. The Clinton Foundation received roughly $16.3 million in contributions in 2020, according to their newly released Form 990. This was a 93.6% decrease from the nearly $250 million the charitable organization raked in during 2009 after Hillary Clinton was appointed Secretary of State. “For years, the Clinton Foundation raised ethical concerns and blurred lines between the foundation, private entities, and the State Department,” said Scott Amey, General Counsel for the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), a nonpartisan, independent government corruption watchdog organization. “Money was pouring in when Hillary Clinton was a senior official and a candidate for president. The fact that foundation donors received special access to the Secretary of State isn’t surprising, nor is the fall in foundation funding after her 2016 election loss. Many...
    When one of the most recognizable nonprofits in the world loses 75% of its contributions over a four-year period, there are typically investigatory reports written into what has gone wrong. That isn’t the case with the Clinton Foundation. The Foundation received $62.9 million in 2016 but only $16.3 million in 2020, and very few people seem to have noticed. That is because most Beltway insiders know the Clinton Foundation’s primary purpose: to serve as a platform for Hillary Clinton’s political operation while lining the Clintons’ pockets by trading influence for money. That is why donations spiked when Hillary was secretary of state and most of the world thought she was destined to become president — and why they cratered after she lost. Kevin Thurm, the CEO of the Clinton Foundation, tried to play off the 2020 decline off as pandemic-related. In a letter, he wrote that 2020 “was a difficult year for philanthropy. Across the sector, resources were stretched thinly and fundraising activities were impacted.” This argument doesn’t explain the tens of millions the Foundation lost between 2016 and 2019 and ignores that charitable...
    President BidenJoe BidenBiden stumps for Newsom on eve of recall: 'The eyes of the nation are on California' Biden looks to climate to sell economic agenda Family of American held hostage by Taliban urges administration to fire Afghanistan peace negotiator MORE has nominated a former State Department official under the Obama administration to serve as head of the Export–Import Bank of the United States, putting her on a path to becoming the first person of color to lead the federal export credit agency.  Reta Jo Lewis, who has worked in international affairs and public policy for more than 25 years, was included among a Monday list of several other key nominations for trade and commerce roles within the Biden administration.  Lewis, who served as the first-ever special representative for global intergovernmental affairs at the State Department under then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe risks of running as Trump-lite If another 9/11 happened in a divided 2021, could national unity be achieved again? Schumer remembers 9/11: 'Oh my God, this is World War III' MORE, is currently a senior...
    Former Ukrainian prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko said he had been pitched by a lobbying firm linked to Hunter Biden and the energy company Burisma, offering him 'high levels' of access to members of the Clinton campaign ahead of the 2016 election, according to newly released emails. They raise fresh questions about the work of Blue Star Strategies after it emerged that the Justice Department was investigating its work. And it demonstrates that while probes of foreign lobbying efforts have concentrated on former President Trump and his allies, there may be legal jeopardy for firms linked to the Democratic Party. An email obtained by Citizens United under a Freedom of Information request shows how former deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent wrote to Obama administration officials about meeting with Lutsenko in September 2016. Lutsenko, Kent reported, was lining up a trip to Washington DC 'He confirmed he had been pitched by Blue Star, not sought them out,' wrote Kent. 'He said he honestly didn't know how Blue Star was to get paid - he didn't have funds...' Ukrainian prosecutor...
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied efforts to require former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to face a deposition over her unsecured email setup while she served in the Obama administration. In an unsigned order issued with no comment, the justices denied an appeal from the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, mainly keeping in place a federal appeals court ruling from last August which stated that Clinton could not be forced to sit for a deposition. Judicial Watch had wanted to depose Clinton, her aide Cheryl Mills, and other State Department employees over Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal email server — even for classified information — in a case seeking public access to State Department emails. Clinton’s emails were subject to multiple investigations, including an FBI investigation which declined to charge her with violating federal record-keeping requirements or other crimes, despite clear evidence of violations. Clinton’s emails were a major political issue in her failed 2016 bid against former President Donald Trump. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued a statement accusing the court of upholding a “double standard”...
    Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a lower court order that blocked the conservative group Judicial Watch from deposing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email account in a lawsuit related to the 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.A federal appeals court ruled last August that Clinton cannot be compelled to appear for a deposition in a lawsuit about State Department emails, a ruling that came after a federal judge said earlier in 2020 that the former secretary must appear for a deposition in the case. The court's denial on Monday was unsigned. Judicial Watch had asked to depose Clinton, top aide Cheryl Mills and other former State Department employees in a case seeking public access to the emails from the State Department. Clinton's emails were already investigated by Congress, the State Department inspector general and the FBI, and she previously gave written answers in another lawsuit, the appeals court noted last year. Read MoreNews broke in March 2015 that Clinton used personal email addresses connected to a...
    WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson spoke to RT on Thursday and touched on the recent Project Veritas leak that shows Julian Assange warning Hillary Clinton’s State Department of an incoming leak of unredacted United States diplomatic cables from a former WikiLeaks employee. According to Hrafnsson, Assange offered to help Clinton’s department mitigate the fallout but was ignored. “Even though WikiLeaks published the cables only after they were leaked on the US-based site Cryptome and a Pirate Bay torrent, Washington has blamed Assange for their release,” RT reported. The leaked Project Veritas recording is reportedly from a 2011 phone call between Assange and Clinton State Department attorney Cliff Johnson. According to RealClearPolitics, the audio confirms Assange’s previous claims that leaked State Department data was the result of a rogue employee who did not follow the publication’s standard precautions. “We have intelligence that the State Department Database Archive of 250,000 diplomatic cables…is being spread around and…within the next few days it will become public,” Assange warned. The journalist claimed that there is time to warn specific individuals of the possible fallout ahead of...
    A video released by Project Veritas shows WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange tried to warn the U.S. state department in 2011 that unredacted diplomatic cables had been obtained by third parties, presenting a potential danger to U.S. personnel. The video highlights WikiLeaks’ longstanding policy of redacting its leaks in order to protect individuals who might be put in harm’s way as a result of them, and the fact that the leak of over 250,000 unredacted Afghanistan cables in 2011 was a result of a rogue third=party employee, not WikiLeaks itself. It also shows that Assange urged Hillary Clinton’s State Department to take steps to protect U.S. personnel abroad, and that “any individuals who haven’t been warned… should be warned.” It is unclear if Hillary Clinton’s state department heeded the advice. BREAKING: @Project_Veritas Obtains Recording Of Call Between @Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange & Lawyer In Hillary Clintons State Dept. Warns US Government Trouble Was Coming Their Way With Unredacted Release Of Classified Cables Stolen From Wikileaks pic.twitter.com/hx5u2fSzuC — James OKeefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) December 16, 2020 The policy of redaction by WikiLeaks is rarely...
    Newly released documents describe just how involved State Department employees were in British ex-spy Christopher Steele sharing unverified claims about President Trump's links to Russia with the FBI in 2016. The records, among hundreds of pages declassified in August and released publicly on Wednesday, draw out the links between Steele and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, showing how the former MI6 officer worked with Clinton allies at the State Department to pass to FBI investigators unfounded Russia allegations during an election year that have cast a cloud over Trump throughout his presidency. This comes as renewed scrutiny is being given to the role that Steele's anti-Trump dossier played in 2016, when Clinton faced off against Trump, and how some of President-elect Joe Biden's picks for top jobs in his incoming administration (such as Jake Sullivan for national security adviser and Neera Tanden for the White House's budget director) played roles in promoting now-discredited Trump-Russia claims. Two top Republican senators who have been trying to pry this information out of the government for years, Homeland Security and...
    'There are certainly 'optics' issues here.' Emails show Secretary of State Mike Pompeo repeatedly mixed official government business with personal matters, according to a report released Thursday, even as he is pushing to release more of his predecessor's emails.  His wife, Susan Pompeom regularly used her personal email to direct State Department officials on travel plans and restaurant reservations, as well as for a youth visit that did not appear to directly relate to the core mission of the State Department, NBC News reported, citing newly obtained emails.  One set of emails showed that Susan Pompeo requested a number of tasks for State Department staffers for a multiday visit to Washington for wealthy CEOs under 45 and members of the Kansas chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization. 
    The full appeals court in the nation’s capital rejected Judicial Watch’s request for a rehearing on being allowed to depose Hillary Clinton after a three-judge appeals court panel overturned a district court ruling granting the conservative watchdog the ability to put the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee under oath. Of the 10 members of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit who considered Judicial Watch’s request, no circuit judge said they wanted to rehear the case that a trio of their colleagues had ruled on in August by overturning a March order by a district court judge that had granted a deposition and further discovery in the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit related to Clinton’s improper use of a private email server at the State Department and the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. The judges declining to take up Judicial Watch’s appeal included one George H.W. Bush nominee and three Trump nominees — Judges Gregory Katsas, Neomi Rao, and Justin Walker. “Upon consideration of respondent’s petition for rehearing en banc, and the absence of a request by...
    A liberal ethics watchdog called for an investigation after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the State Department will release all of Hillary Clinton’s emails before Election Day. “American Oversight asked the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the State Department’s acting inspector general to immediately investigate whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s rush to release the emails of former Secretary Hillary Clinton before the upcoming November election violates the Hatch Act. The letter urges OSC and the inspector general to stop Pompeo from ordering any State Department employees to release information in an unlawful attempt to influence the outcome of the election,” an American Oversight statement on Friday reads. American Oversight was founded in 2017 by Austin Evers, who is a former Clinton and State Department lawyer who oversaw the Freedom of Information Act process concerning Clinton’s emails, Breitbart News reported. Pompeo said earlier this month that Clinton’s emails will be released before Election Day. "We’ve got the emails. We’re getting them out," Pompeo told Fox News on Oct. 9. "We're going to get all...
    The American Oversight liberal interest group has called for an investigation in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stating this month that the State Department will release former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, which were stored on her unsecured private server despite containing classified information. On October 9, in an interview with Dana Perino of The Daily Briefing on Fox News, Pompeo stated that the emails will be released “as fast as we can” to the public so that “the American people can see it.”  “We’ve got the emails. We’re getting them out,” Pompeo said, adding that there is more to come before November’s election. “I certainly think there’ll be more to see before the election,” he said. Blasting Clinton for putting classified information at risk, Pompeo stated that “it’s not the kind of thing that leaders do; they don’t put that kind of information out.”  On Friday, in response to Pompeo’s calls, American Oversight called on the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and the State Department’s acting inspector general to immediately investigate Pompeo’s calls to continue...
    The south side of the White House in Washington, on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, as viewed from the Ellipse. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times) President Donald Trump’s order to his secretary of state to declassify thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails, along with his insistence that his attorney general issue indictments against Barack Obama and Joe Biden, takes his presidency into new territory — until now, occupied by leaders with names like Putin, Xi and Erdogan. Trump has long demanded — quite publicly, often on Twitter — that his most senior cabinet members use the power of their office to pursue political enemies. But his appeals this week, as he trailed badly in the polls and was desperate to turn the national conversation away from the coronavirus, were so blatant that one had to look to authoritarian nations to make comparisons. He took a step even Richard Nixon avoided in his most desperate days: openly ordering direct immediate government action against specific opponents, timed to serve his reelection campaign. “There is essentially no precedent,” said Jack Goldsmith, who led the...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that he would be releasing more of Hillary Clinton's emails after the president publicly criticized him about the subject on Fox News. Pompeo made the comments to Dana Perino of Fox News on Friday after the "Daily Briefing" host played for him criticism from the president about the lack of released documents. "They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out. Which is very sad. Actually I'm not happy about him for that reason," said Trump in the recording. "He was unable to get them out, and I don't know why, you're running the State Department, you get them out, forget about the fact that they were classified! Let's go! Maybe Mike Pompeo finally finds them, OK?" he added. Perino also played video from Trump criticizing Pompeo during a radio interview with Rush Limbaugh. "She deleted 33,000 emails, she should be in jail for that," said Trump. "I don't even care if they're very highly...
    (CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday announced he would release more of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails -- an openly political move on behalf of President Donald Trump ahead of the November election nearly a year after a State Department investigation concluded there was no "persuasive evidence" of widespread mishandling of classified information by Clinton or her aides.A day earlier, Trump expressed displeasure that his top US diplomat had not yet released the emails deleted from Clinton's private server, which she said in 2015 "were personal and private." US counterintelligence chief says foreign adversaries are exploiting Trumps lies to influence election"She said she had 33,000 e-mails," Trump told Fox News on Thursday. "They're in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo is unable to get them out, which is very sad actually. I'm -- I'm not happy about him for that, that reason. He was unable to get -- I don't know why. You're running the State Department and you get them out. But they're in the State Department."In an interview with Fox News Friday, Pompeo said, "We've...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump's new Iran sanctions raise alarm over humanitarian access Trump swipes at Barr, Pompeo, Wray in return to Russia investigation, Clinton emails Kardashian West uses star power to pressure US on Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict MORE said Friday he expects his agency will release more of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump between rock and hard place on debates Pence-Harris debate draws more than 50M viewers, up 26 percent from 2016 Not treason, not a crime — but definitely a gross abuse of power MORE’s emails in the coming weeks after President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him 'complicit' in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE publicly urged him to be more aggressive in going after the former secretary of State and other political rivals. “We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out. We’re going to get all this information out so the American people can see it,” Pompeo said...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that more information about Hillary Clinton could be disclosed to the public before Election Day. Responding to complaints by an impatient President Trump, the nation's top diplomat told Fox News that the State Department is busy preparing for some sort of release that keeps national security interests protected. "We’ve got the emails, we’re getting them out," Pompeo said. "We're going to get all of this information out so the American people can see it. You will remember there was classified information on a private server. It should have never been there. Hillary Clinton should never have done that. It is unacceptable behavior." Since the 2016 campaign, Trump has dogged Clinton for her use of an unauthorized private email server, hosted in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, New York, while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. Trump announced that he authorized the declassification of all documents related to both the Trump-Russia investigation and the emails belonging to Clinton in a tweetstorm earlier this week. The president said that...
    Ken Cedeno/POOL/CNP via ZUMA For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.President Trump went on CNBC this morning and rambled like a madman for an hour. He’s unhappy with pretty much everyone, it turns out, and in particular he’s mad at Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: At another point, Mr. Trump criticized Mr. Pompeo for not releasing documents related to Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state under President Obama. “They’re in the State Department, but Mike Pompeo has been unable to get them out, which is very sad, actually. I’m not happy about him for that reason,” Mr. Trump said. The president has been tweeting this week about documents that purportedly show that Mrs. Clinton planned to gin up a scandal tying Mr. Trump to Russia. Democrats say the documents that the administration released are misleading. If I recall correctly—and I do—Hillary Clinton was secretary of state through 2012. There’s really no way she could have been running a State Department cabal in 2016 that tried to tie Trump...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Harris accuses Trump of promoting voter suppression Pence targets Biden over ISIS hostages, brings family of executed aid worker to debate MORE on Thursday swiped at two of his most loyal Cabinet members and his FBI director in a phone interview with Fox Business Network as he worked himself into a rage over the Russia investigation and the 2016 election. The president complained at length about the lack of consequences for Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFive takeaways from the vice presidential debate Trump campaign dialing back ads in Midwest states: report Hillicon Valley: Facebook to label posts if candidates prematurely declare victory | Supreme Court hears landmark B Google, Oracle copyright fight | House Dem accuses Ratcliffe of politicizing election security intel MORE and other members of the Obama administration for the former's use of a private email server and the latter's involvement in launching an investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election. Trump's call with Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoTom Cotton: 'No doubt' coronavirus won't stop confirmation of SCOTUS nominee Biden's team...
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