JUST HOW HONEST IS HILLARY TO BE OUR NEXT PRESIDENT?
What was Sidney Blumenthal hired to do for his $120,000 a year full-time salary at the Clinton Foundation during the four years that Hillary was Secretary of State? Was he hired to provide off-the-shelf intelligence to Hillary? And to trash her critics and possible opponents?
Blumenthal has always been Hillary’s expert on the vast right wing conspiracy and he is superb at stoking her paranoia and investigating and attacking anyone who threatens the Clinton orbit. He’s the one that spread the groundless rumor, conceived by Hillary, that Monica Lewinsky was an unwelcome and unstable stalker of an innocent president. Anything for Hillary.
We know that Sidney sent 20 dense emails chock full of cloak and dagger “intel” about Libya and Algeria to the Secretary of State. We also know that Hillary took Sid’s information and advice seriously and circulated his emails to her top aides in the State Department (after scrubbing Sid’s name).
What we didn’t know was that shortly after the Obama Administration refused to allow Hillary to hire Sidney, he landed on the Clinton Foundation payroll — as a full-time employee with a big salary and benefits. After Hillary left the State Department, Sidney was demoted to a consultant — he kept his salary but the benefits were cut. It was only a few months ago — in March — that he left the Clinton Foundation. Right about the time that his emails surfaced.
At the same time that he worked full-time at the Foundation, Sidney also worked for Media Matters — the aggressive pro-Hillary group headed by the wacky David Brock. In addition, Sidney was a consultant to a pro-Hillary PAC. He was a busy man — consumed with defending Hillary.
So Sidney was at Hillary’s full disposal while she was Secretary of State. Sidney’s claims that he sent the emails as a “private citizen” don’t sound too good. He may have been a private citizen, but he was paid by the Clintons.
Once again, Clinton is skirting the truth. Initially, when Blumenthal’s connection to the Clinton Foundation was made public, a spokesman said that he helped with “research” and “planning a commemorative event.”
It’s now obvious that Sidney was there to help Hillary in her political work. That’s not what the Clinton Foundation is supposed to be doing.
Blumenthal has been subpoenaed by the Benghazi Committee. Here’s one question it should ask: Did Sidney Blumenthal do any work — with Media Matters, for example, — to counter criticisms of Hillary’s role in Benghazi?
House Benghazi Panel Subpoenas Former Clinton White House Aide Blumenthal–48KH. B43
Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena demanding that former Clinton White House adviser Sidney Blumenthal testify next month before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
The subpoena, a copy of which was made available to Reuters, demands that Blumenthal appear before the House committee on June 3 to give a deposition. The subpoena is dated Monday but carries a notation indicating an unnamed deputy U.S. marshal served it on Blumenthal’s wife on Tuesday.
More than two years ago, a set of emails sent by Blumenthal to Hillary Clinton while she served as secretary of state were posted on the Internet by a hacker who called himself Guccifer. Blumenthal did not work for Clinton when she was secretary of state and sent those emails as a private individual.
The emails included detailed private intelligence reports on events in Libya sent to Blumenthal by Tyler Drumheller, a former senior CIA officer. Some of the emails were sent around the time of the Benghazi attacks on and discussed information Drumheller’s sources gave him about the attack.
On Tuesday, The New York Times published a handful of emails showing that Clinton had passed on some of the private intelligence reports to aides and other State Department personnel.
The messages show that at least one of the private intelligence reports made its way to a recipient who appears to have been Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya who was killed by militants during the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks.
The emails, part of a batch of around 300 messages related to Libya that the State Department turned over to Republican Representative Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee earlier this year, show Clinton herself tersely expressing interest in some of the private intelligence reports and skepticism about others.
People familiar with the set of Clinton emails turned over by the State Department to Gowdy’s committee said that the emails leaked to The New York Times were not a complete set of messages related to what Blumenthal sent Clinton.
In response to an email requesting comment, Blumenthal sent Reuters an article from a liberal blog accusing Gowdy and The New York Times of producing a “damp squib.”
Clinton Foundation Paid Blumenthal $10,000 a Month While He Gave Hillary Libya Advice –51JH.
HILLARY’S HAWKS DUMP ON OBAMA’S ISIS FIGHT
We have been reading a lot lately about the biggest blemish on Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state: the woebegone Libyan rebellion. Clinton was the principle advocate for U.S. military intervention to help Islamist rebels depose strongman Muammar Qaddafi. The results have been dire, but President Obama made clear from the beginning that he was an unwilling combatant – hence “leading from behind” – and has probably been relieved to see so much of the blame circle back to the hawkish Clinton and her coterie. But now it is Team Clinton’s turn.
The Center for a New American Security looks like the foreign policy shop for Clinton’s potential return to the White House. Clinton helped launch it in 2007 and its leadership includes the woman widely expected to be secretary of defense in a Clinton restoration, Michele Flournoy. So it’s not just the ordinary wonk talk when the Clintonite group puts out a damning indictment of Obama’s policy in Iraq and Syria. Clinton herself previously blamed Obama’s inaction in Syria for worsening the crisis, but did so in an oblique way. Now, her foreign policy familiars are making things more explicit saying that the plan is “failing” and “misguided” but potentially “counterproductive.”
While the White House is pushing hard to emphasize the Iraqification of the war effort against ISIS and trying to prop up the Baghdad government and strengthen its military forces, the Clinton-affiliated group is calling for more U.S. boots on the ground and bypassing Baghdad with aid to directly help Sunni provincial groups. In a CNN interview this week, Flournoy, who withdrew from consideration as Obama’s Pentagon boss, said the U.S. has “under-resourced this strategy”
We see here the beginning of the next round in the Clinton v. Obama foreign policy feud. This will complicate Obama’s effort to stay the course on his ISIS containment strategy but also may expose Clinton to liberal anxieties about her more hawkish nature.
[“We’re fighting a politically correct war. We’re fighting a public relations war. We’re not really fighting to win that war. And when you don’t fight to win against someone who wants to win, you’re not going to win. We’re going to lose.” Former Sen. Rick Santorum,
On May 18 the New York Times reported that longtime Clinton family associate Sidney Blumenthal was working with individuals who had business interests in Libya at the same time that he sent Secretary of State Hillary Clinton what she’s described as “unsolicited” intelligence reports about that country. It’s also been known that Blumenthal worked for the nonprofit Clinton Foundation at that time. A Politico story now reports more about Blumenthal’s role with the Foundation: He was paid $10,000 a month for “full-time” work whose value was apparently questioned by other staffers. From the site:
Blumenthal was added to the payroll of the Clintons’ global philanthropy in 2009 — not long after advising Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign — at the behest of former president Bill Clinton, for whom he had worked in the White House, say the sources.
While Blumenthal’s foundation job focused on highlighting the legacy of Clinton’s presidency, some officials at the charity questioned his value and grumbled that his hiring was a favor from the Clintons, according to people familiar with the foundation. They say that, during a 2013 reform push, Blumenthal was moved to a consulting contract that came with a similar pay rate but without benefits — an arrangement that endured until March.
For the record, a Blumenthal lawyer apparently denied to Politico that Blumenthal had financial interests in his work with the aspiring Libya entrepreneurs whose activities were reported on by the Times on May 18:
“He never got any money from — and has no continuing relationship with — Osprey or Constellations,” said Cole.
To recap the whole situation: In 2011 and 2012, Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, used an off-books email account to discuss national policy with a private citizen who might have been violating the law by participating in the conversation, who had a related business interest (though not a “financial interest”?) in the subject of his advice that he may or may not have disclosed to the government, and who was simultaneously employed in a questionable “full-time” capacity at significant expense to a nonprofit that has been accused of acting as the bag man for a Clintonian influence-peddling operation.
POWER PLAY: WHAT KIND OF COVERAGE DOES HILLARY MERIT?
Reporters on Thursday granted Clinton campaign flacks the privilege of extolling their wonderfulness in the form of an anonymous background briefing. Reporters would be allowed to say that Clinton officials said their campaign was going just dandy and that the drumbeat of ethical concerns was pure piffle, but not report the names of the individuals who were doing the piffle touting. Why? We’re not talking about edifying reporters on a foreign policy controversy that might embarrass an ally. We’re talking about the spin and logistics of a presidential campaign.
Hillary Clinton Campaign Outlines Plans For Fundraising and First Big Speech
Staffers say they can win the White Houses for under $2 billion
Hillary Clinton’s campaign aides knocked down speculation that they’re aiming to raise $2 billion for the primary and general elections, saying the total they expect to need to win the White House is closer to the $1 billion that President Barack Obama needed to win reelection in 2012.
The $2 billion number has cropped up in occasional news reports but, as they briefed reporters at campaign headquarters in Brooklyn on Thursday, senior campaign officials said the dollar amount necessary to run a successful campaign is likely to be about half of that. And campaign staff said they don’t expect to hit the $2 billion mark even with the fundraising of outside groups supporting Clinton, such as Priorities USA. Clinton herself had previously said in a New York fundraiser that the number was an overestimate.The only concrete fundraising goal is to raise $100 million in primary money in 2015, one official said. That number is on track with what Obama raised in 2007.
In the seven weeks since she launched her campaign, Clinton has mixed a handful of small roundtable events in early primary and caucus states with a dozens of $2,700 per person fundraisers on both coasts.
The ‘Old and Relentless’: The Clinton soap opera continues–
And it’s not just the Clintons themselves, though they are increasingly intolerable. It is all the grifters and charlatans and criminals who fade in and out of the shadows of Clinton World. Actually, they never seem to fade out. The Clintons are the Hotel California of politics. You can check in but you can never check out
State Department cash flowed to Clinton donors – WashEx: “Countries and companies that donated to the Clinton Foundation or paid Bill Clinton heavy fees for speeches saw an increase in State Department activity while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state… A Washington Examiner analysis of Clinton Foundation donors suggests the State Department ramped up its diplomatic activity, foreign assistance and/or investment in countries that gave to the Clinton Foundation and hosted Bill Clinton for high-profile speeches.”
State Department spending followed foreign Clinton Foundation donors
A Washington Examiner analysis of Clinton Foundation donors suggests the State Department ramped up its diplomatic activity, foreign assistance and/or investment in countries that gave to the Clinton Foundation and hosted Bill Clinton for high-profile speeches.
For example, months after Bill Clinton delivered a speech in Riyadh for a price of $300,000, State Department funding for projects and activities in Saudi Arabia spiked.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has also donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, donor records show.
State Department funding for its diplomatic operations and projects in the country jumped from more than $18 million in 2011 to $67.75 million in 2012, the year after Bill Clinton delivered his speech at the Saudi Investment Authority, according to USASpending.gov.
Much of that appears to have gone toward the construction of new State Department buildings in the country.
The agency poured $177.9 million into building a new embassy in Norway in 2011 over the apparent objections of diplomatic officials in Oslo.
Norway’s government has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Despite the misgivings by agency officials in 2009, the State Department awarded the contract for the Norwegian embassy to Walsh Construction Group on September 27, 2011. It was the construction company’s first overseas embassy project.
Norway teamed up with an arm of the Clinton Foundation in September 2012 for an ambitious health care project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, which is part of the State Department.
All but Sweden and USAID itself were Clinton Foundation donors.
“The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to have funded the development of this life-saving product,” then-USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah said at the time.
The same year USAID announced its plan to purchase 27 million contraceptive devices from Bayer, which donated between $20,000 and $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation, the pharmaceutical company hired lobbyists with DLA Piper (itself a foundation donor) to lobby the State Department on “federal procurement issues,” according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
One month before Hillary Clinton left office, her agency launched an effort to expand the electronic banking sector in Afghanistan.
Citi, the Ford Foundation, Visa, Omidyar Network, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation were each involved in the USAID-backed initiative. All five donated heavily to the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary Clinton kicked off a taxpayer-funded effort to bring health information to pregnant women around the world through their phones in 2011 with the help of two foundation donors — Johnson & Johnson and the United Nations Foundation.
The “Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action” initiative won an award for its innovation in 2012 after being judged by an independent panel that included additional donors to the Clinton Foundation.
Irish Aid, Ireland’s development agency, and the British version of USAID — both foundation donors of between $1 million and $5 million — also shared in the U.S.-backed project in Uganda.
there while Hillary Clinton was in office.
She even made Ireland the site of her final official trip as secretary of state when she traveled there to receive an award from one of her family foundation’s top donors.
The State Department increased its spending in Ireland from $1.65 million in 2009 to $2.96 million in 2010 and $7.48 million in 2011.
USAID also upped its support of Ireland, taking its funding from nothing in 2008 — the oldest year for which data is available — to $29.87 million the year Clinton came into office.
The agency’s contracts, grants, loans and investments in Bahrain climbed from $6.8 million the year before Clinton came to the State Department, to $7.1 million in 2009, to $8.9 million in 2011 and peaked at $11 million during Clinton’s final year in office.
Bahrain also enjoyed nearly $2 million from USAID in 2010, bringing its total State Department funding that year to more than $10 million.
USAID’s support of its operations and other projects in Jamaica crept from $2.8 million the year before Clinton took office to $15.8 million in 2011.
State Department spending in the United Arab Emirates rose from $11.57 million in 2008 to $16.79 million in 2012, peaking in 2010 at $21.18 million.
source–dick morris, eileen mcgann, the hillarydaily.com, newsmax, reuters, tyler drumheller, new american security, michele flournoy, nyt, politicco, james cole, charles hunt, sarah westwood, washington examiner,