Boston Globe: Shutter Clinton Foundation if Hillary is elected

In a thoroughly candid editorial, one which harnesses blunt but reasoned language, the Boston Globe is calling on the Clinton family to cease operations of the Clinton Foundation should Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton be elected to the White House in November.

“The foundation should remove a political — and actual — distraction and stop accepting funding. If Clinton is elected, the foundation should be shut down,” read the Globe’s Aug. 16 editorial.

The editorial cites the recent revelation Clinton’s role at the State Department was clearly exploited by foreign donors and facilitated by willing aides.

One email uncovers the furious efforts of Clinton Foundation employee and long-time Clinton aide, Doug Band, appealing to top confidants Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills to arrange employment for an unknown individual.  Band’s email is explicit in urgency, writing it is “important we take care of [name redacted].”

A second Band email to Abedin and Mills asks for the pair to connect foundation donor, Gilbert Chagoury, to U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Jeffrey Feltman.

Chagoury is a megadonor to the Clinton Foundation and later pledged $1 billion to the Clinton Global Initiative.

Clinton vowed in writing on Jan. 5, 2009, to recuse herself from matters involving the Clinton Foundation or parties represented by the Clinton Foundation.

“For the duration of my appointment as Secretary if I am confirmed, I will not participate personally and substantially in any particular matter involving specific parties in which The William J. Clinton Foundation (or the Clinton Global Initiative) is a party or represents a party,” read one section of Clinton’s letter to State’s ethics official. 

Following the Globe’s opinion, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell seconded the editorial, saying the charity should either be entirely disbanded or be placed into a “period of inactivity” if Hillary is elected to the White House.

Although Rendell defended the Foundation’s work and said former President Bill Clinton would be sullen over the loss of the foundation, he stated the organization’s existence would be problematic for a Clinton presidency.

“It’d be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem,” Rendell told the New York Daily News.

Analysis

Does Hillary Clinton ever keep her word?

This Globe opinion is damaging because it strengthens the notion Clinton’s outlook on foreign policy as Secretary of State was to sell influence to the highest bidder.

The mere fact the foundation was kept humming along is because it served one purpose:  It acted as a slush fund for Hillary’s ambitions for the Oval Office.

Although clear and convincing, the Globe’s opinion does stop short of calling for a criminal investigation or calling on Clinton to finally explain herself for what was clearly a “pay-for-play” scheme.

The newspaper’s deliberate attempt to divert attention from a deeply-flawed candidate to the Clintons’ unscrupulous foundation is not entirely without merit.  On the contrary, the Globe does deserve some tepid praise for their political courage here. Consistently preaching to a left-leaning audience, known for an equally partisan and biased editorial page and consistently endorsing Democratic presidential candidates for years, the Globe is treading on previously unexplored ground with a public rebuke of Clinton.

courtesy The Federalist

For all the Clintons’ pious rhetoric, the more the public is exposed to the state of affairs inside the walls of the Clinton Foundation, the more the charity appears to be an unmitigated sham.

Amid the controversy which erupted last year, the Clintons’ “charity” only recently took steps to re-gain a legitimate status with Charity Navigator, a top watchdog, which refused to rate the Foundation over concerns it did not resemble a legitimate charity and referred to its operational design as an “atypical business model.”

The drip of disclosures over the past several years have given the public a window into the inter-workings of the Foundation and Judicial Watch’s vigilant pursuit exposing Clinton at every turn has now produced incontrovertible evidence of the link between the Clinton’s fraudulent charity and the State Department.

Leading in the polls over New York businessman Donald Trump, the public is about to tread this well-worn path again: Accompanied by a quarter century of scandal, Hillary Clinton is as tainted by scandal as her husband and she is set to become the most weakened president in history.

And the Democratic Party has allowed this to continue without protest.

 

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