A conservative watchdog group has released a bunch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state which raises a lot of questions about the relationship between the department and her charity, The Clinton Foundation.
When Clinton took the job as head of the State Department she promised there wouldn’t be any overlap between it and her charity. Then her aide, Huma Abedin, was simultaneously employed by both. They understand conflict of interest about as well as employers at Fox News.
Many critics have charged that the foreign nations donated to the charity in a pay for play scheme to receive special treatment from the state department, though there’s no proof of that. The foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with Obama’s presidential transition team in December 2008. Under the terms of that agreement, the foundation promised to report its donors in order to avoid the appearance of conflict of interest. It would say who gave, but it wouldn’t say precisely how much.
However, it’s a little disturbing that these emails show people from the foundation lobbying for jobs for donors to the foundation. The emails weren’t between Clinton and anyone from her foundation, but her aides at the state department. The official at the foundation wanted the state department to connect a Lebanese-Nigerian billionaire donor to the charity to the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. That’s a bit of an overlap between the charity and the department.
The question is: Did a foreign billionaire donate to Clinton’s charity to gain favor with the state department? It’s a legitimate question.
I don’t think Clinton is corrupt. I do think she is arrogant and obtuse to act surprised when it catches up to her. She threads the needle between improper and illegal which discourages the public from trusting her. There are a lot of Democrats who don’t trust her.
Hillary Clinton may be the most qualified person to ever run for president. She’s very accomplished, intelligent, understands policy, has the experience, and has a great understanding what the job of president entails. She is the best we have prepared for the position. Yet in her race against an orange, ignorant, racist, flame-throwing Cheeto, you would think she’d be leading by more than ten points in the polls.
I don’t mind drawing cartoons about Hillary Clinton. The responses are always amusing to me. Clinton defenders will see this and accuse me of being a right winger, as if this is the only cartoon of mine they’ve ever seen. Others readers, including some of my editors, will be glad I hit Hillary and a week later tell me I never hit Hillary. Go figure.
I don’t try to make one demographic happy with every cartoon. If you believe I’m always on your side of the aisle, or on the opposite, at some point I’m going to let you down. Yes, I’m liberal but I’m not a member of any party and I don’t campaign for candidates or join causes. I don’t promote. I denigrate. Editorial cartooning is a negative art form.
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