Would you believe the FIFA bribery scandal goes deep enough to touch the Clinton Foundation? Of course you would.
Allegations that Qatar had bribed its way to the victory soon emerged, prompting an internal investigation by soccer’s governing body that had been going on for more than a year by the time of the CGI event.
At the gathering, Clinton stood on stage as Al-Thawadi talked with pride about plans to use technology developed for Qatari soccer stadiums to cool greenhouses and feed the hungry.
“We bid on the belief that the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will act as a catalyst for positive change in Qatar, in the Middle East as well as beyond,” Al-Thawadi said in New York that September day, before posing for a picture with Clinton and another Qatari official, according to a video of the event posted online.
For the Qataris, the moment offered a touch of Clinton-blessed legitimacy amid a brewing controversy. For the Clinton Foundation, it came with a major donation.
Of course it did.
Paying off a Clinton or two for “legitimacy” is nothing new, and just imagine how much more lucrative it will become — for the Clintons that is — once there’s a Clinton back in the the White House.
And another thing. It’s not like Qatar is some backwater looking to score some tourist dollars off a soccer tournament. Qatar is an OPEC member, a major oil producer, and the hub of US military power in the Persian Gulf. And its repressive government is now fully aware the one former and one potential US President aren’t above a little pay-to-play action.
The Clintons used to joke that with them, you got “two candidates for the price of one.” But you and I know that was never the case. The reality is that with the Clintons, you get “two candidates for however much they figure they can take you for.”
The Clintons belong in jail.