‘Drain the swamp!” GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump has insisted before huge crowds increasingly confident of a well-deserved, sorely needed, come-from-behind victory.
But this slogan doesn’t quite capture the urgency of the moment. This one does:
Washington’s corruption under Barack Obama and the Clintons has devolved to fetid depths suggestive of the days before indoor plumbing. Step back and shudder at today’s unsanitary state of public affairs.
The Cosa Nostra–like tone that Hillary Clinton has set for herself and her associates suggests a preview for a new film: The Godmother.
Most of this happened while these public records were under congressional subpoena. This is called obstruction of justice.
Bryan Pagliano, the computer whiz who managed Hillary’s clandestine server, initially took the Fifth Amendment while under congressional scrutiny. But he twice couldn’t be bothered to show up in September, despite being subpoenaed by the House Government Oversight Committee.
Meanwhile, five different FBI offices are probing the Clinton Foundation on suspicion of public corruption. The Wall Street Journal called this “a sprawling cross-country effort.” Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, citing “more than six” sources in the FBI “with specific knowledge of the Clinton investigations,” reported today that “they confirm that there is an active investigation into the Clinton Foundation that has been going on for more than a year. It is continuing, and for those investigators working it, it is a priority.”
While Clinton apologists call the foundation a font of beneficence, its 2014 IRS filings show that it spent a whopping 5.76 percent of its funds on actual charitable activities — far below the 65 percent that the Better Business Bureau calls kosher. That paltry figure also mocks Hillary’s Las Vegas lie, uttered at the final presidential debate on October 19: “We at the Clinton Foundation spend 90 percent — 90 percent of all the money that is donated on behalf of programs of people around the world and in our own country.”
The Clinton Slush Fund . . . uh . . . Foundation seems to be mainly a travel and full-employment program for Hillary’s government in waiting. It’s also a bribe pump that sucks in money and spews out favors.
As detailed in Peter Schweizer’s Clinton Cash, the IRS wanted information on some $20 billion in 52,000 accounts that well-heeled Americans deposited with the Union Bank of Switzerland. So, UBS gave $60,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary then met in March 2009 with Swiss foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and then intervened with IRS officials on UBS’s behalf. Like magic, IRS asked UBS for only 4,450 accounts — roughly 91 percent fewer than IRS first demanded.
UBS then gave $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million to attend several question-and-answer sessions with top UBS executives and their clients, many of whom populate the same top 1 percent that Hillary slams on the hustings.
Also, a Canadian investor named Frank Giustra donated to the Clinton Foundation. He and several investors then bought U.S. uranium concessions through a Canadian firm called Uranium One. They also gave $145 million to the Clinton Foundation.
A Russian-government-owned company then offered to buy Uranium One. Because uranium is a strategic asset, Hillary’s State Department had to approve the deal. It did. The Clinton Foundation’s donors cashed in. And Russia now owns 20 percent of America’s uranium assets.
WikiLeaks also revealed an elaborate memorandum in which Bill Clinton’s bag man, Doug Band, detailed for the Clintons and top Clinton Foundation executives an epic racket that Band dubbed “Bill Clinton, Inc.” As Band explained, “Since 2001, President Clinton’s business arrangements have yielded more than $30 million for him personally, with $66 million to be paid out over the next nine years should he choose to continue with the current engagements.”
WikiLeaks also proved that interim DNC chief and then-CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave Hillary Clinton debate questions in advance that she later was asked at two debates during the Democratic primaries. CNN correctly sacked Brazile, and media watchdogs growled their disapproval with the veteran Democratic strategist. But missing was the volcanic outrage that would have erupted had RNC chief Reince Priebus handed Trump questions before a GOP showdown.
WikiLeaks also proved that interim DNC chief and then-CNN contributor Donna Brazile gave Hillary Clinton debate questions in advance.
Team Clinton defends its positions, privileges, and profits, evidently with blood.
Undercover video journalists at Project Veritas Action boldly captured Democratic activists Scott Foval and Bob Creamer bragging about deploying professional thugs, vagrants, and the emotionally disturbed to incite violence at Trump’s events. These included closing a highway near a Trump rally in Arizona and shutting down another in Chicago.
“What I call it is conflict engagement,” said Foval, the national field director at Americans United for Change and head of the Foval Group, LLC. “It’s a matter of showing up, to want to get into the rally, in a Planned Parenthood T-shirt. Or, ‘Trump is a Nazi,’ you know. You can message to draw them out, and draw them to punch you.” Foval said he offers “agitator training” and added: “We have mentally ill people that we pay to do s**t, make no mistake. I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff. . . . A lot of union guys, they’ll do whatever you want.”
“I answer to the head of special events for the DNC and the head of special events and political for the [Clinton] campaign,” Foval explained. “The [Clinton] campaign pays DNC. DNC pays Democracy Partners. Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group. The Foval Group goes and executes the s**t on the ground.” He continued, “We have to be really careful because what we don’t need is for it to show up on CNN that the DNC paid for X people to — That’s not going to happen.”
According to Bob Creamer, founder of Democracy Partners, “Hillary knows through the chain of command what’s going on.”
Creamer — who is married to Representative Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) — visited Obama’s White House 342 times including 47 meetings with Obama, according to official entrance logs. In a WikiLeaks-uncovered e-mail to Neera Tanden of the liberal Center for American Progress, Democracy Partners co-founder Mike Lux wrote last December 17: “Just wanted to pass along this note I sent to Bob Creamer, who as you may know is consulting for the DNC and is close to Robby Mook,” Hillary’s campaign manager.
Project Veritas Action’s revelations cost Foval his job and Creamer his ties to the Clinton campaign.
The FBI now is working overtime to determine if any of Hillary’s e-mails, classified or otherwise, migrated from her illicit server to a laptop shared by “one of my staffers” — her former “second daughter,” Huma Abedin — and Abedin’s estranged husband, former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner. He is, of course, a confirmed serial sexter who allegedly swapped salacious messages with a 15-year-old girl.
The FBI has discovered previously undisclosed e-mails from then-Secretary of State Clinton among the 650,000 through which it is combing on the Abedin-Weiner laptop, according to CBS News.
Hillary Clinton is drowning in a perfect storm involving possible national-security damage, probable public corruption, and certified sexual impropriety. And she has no one to blame but herself.
Just as this ethical hurricane spins, so should the toilet swirl next Tuesday. The American people should flush Team Clinton and their Obamaite cheerleaders into the collective national sewer.
— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor with National Review Online.