What Is Hillary Hiding?
And banks. The Clinton Foundation (and the Clintons individually) has earned a lot of money from banks, which have gotten things they wanted.
Ten of the world’s biggest financial institutions––including UBS, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs––have hired Bill Clinton numerous times since 2004 to speak for fees totaling more than $6.4 million. Hillary Clinton also has accepted speaking fees from at least one bank. And along with an 11th bank, the French giant BNP Paribas, the financial goliaths also donated as much as $24.9 million to the Clinton Foundation––the family’s global charity set up to tackle causes from the AIDS epidemic in Africa to climate change.
Such practices raise suspicions that there was a complex quid pro quo: the secretary of State helps the banks, and the banks help the Foundation, which helps Bill and Hillary. The Wall Street Journal flags a suggestive case with the Swiss giant UBS:
Total donations by UBS to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 through 2008 to a cumulative total of about $600,000 by the end of 2014, according to the foundation and the bank,” they report. “The bank also joined the Clinton Foundation to launch entrepreneurship and inner-city loan programs, through which it lent $32 million. And it paid former president Bill Clinton $1.5 million to participate in a series of question-and-answer sessions with UBS Wealth Management Chief Executive Bob McCann, making UBS his biggest single corporate source of speech income disclosed since he left the White House.
The UBS generosity followed Hillary’s involvement in solving a very messy problem with the Internal Revenue Service. Did any of Hillary’s vanished emails relate to her assistance to UBS, or to the Swiss’ payments and loans to her Clinton Foundation? We don’t know—these stories appeared a year go and I haven’t seen much followup—but it does support Schweizer’s insistence that we look at the email scandal and the activities of the Clinton Foundation as part of a coherent enterprise. And it might well help answer the question “why keep her emails away from the usual channels?”
Then there’s the Nigerian speaking fees. For eight years, the Nigerians weren’t interested in having Bill come and lecture, but once Hillary moved into Foggy Bottom, they were eager to invite him. They paid $700,000 each for two speeches, two of his three biggest lecture fees. Do you think the Nigerians got nothing in return?
There are many other similar stories, suggesting that Hillary was essentially selling foreign policy favors to the highest bidders to the family and the Foundation.