Clinton Foundation scandal: “Looks like bribery”
The right wing has found its talking points on the Clinton Foundation foreign donation scandal. Failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney weighed in saying, “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery.” He may be right, but scandal surrounding his tenure at Bain Capital disqualifies him from giving his two cents. He sounds bitter more than anything.
The New York Times released a scathing investigative piece that showed from 2009 to 2013, under her watch at the Department of State, deals were approved that gave Russia’s atomic energy agency control over “one-fifth of all uranium production in the United States.” In exchange for those deals, the Clinton Foundation got thousands of dollars. Ryu Spaeth reports “the Canadian magnates behind the deal had donated tens of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, while a Russian investment bank with an interest in the deal paid Bill Clinton a cool $500,000 for a single speech in Moscow.”
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Mitt Romney: “I was stunned by it. I mean, it looks like bribery. I mean, there is every appearance that Hillary Clinton was bribed to grease the sale of, what, 20 percent of America’s uranium production to Russia, and then it was covered up by lying about a meeting at her home with the principals, and by erasing emails. And you know I presume we might know for sure whether there was or was not bribery if she hadn’t wiped out thousands of emails. But this is a very, very serious series of facts, and it looks like bribery.”
The bottom line is Hillary Clinton can’t afford to sit back and watch this drama play out. They need to issue a statement fast. The Clintons have been mired in scandal after scandal and they try to take a hands-off approach, but it makes one wonder about the emails she deleted from her server. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says she “violated the law” and may subpoena her personal email server if she doesn’t voluntarily turn it over for examination by an independent party, Bloomberg reports.
Trouble for the Clinton machine or business as usual?
By the way, Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, heads the Government Accountability Institute, which has “close ties to a billionaire family funding Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run.” The said group has “received substantial support from groups backed by Charles and David Koch,” Media Matters reports. Don’t think this isn’t part of a coordinated attempt to win the 2016 presidential election. But how quickly does the right wing forgot they tried to derail Barack Obama and he still prevailed–winning by a landslide in both elections.