Politics & Policy

Clinton Scandals: Who Can Keep Up?

(Reuters photo: Jim Young)
One corruption update slimes into the next.

It literally is impossible to write quickly enough to stay abreast of the scandals engulfing Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After a delightful visit with my family and friends in southern California, I sat down at Los Angeles International Airport late Thursday night to await my flight back to New York City. I planned to write a recap of just last week’s news regarding Hillary’s e-mails, the Clinton Foundation, and several of President Obama’s policies that Clinton backs.

I jotted down a simple outline, to which I since have added a few details:

1. Gilbert Chagoury: The Lebanese/Nigerian businessman gave $1 million to $5 million to the Clinton Foundation and pledged $1 billion more. The foundation’s Doug Band contacted Hillary’s top aide, Huma Abedin, to arrange a meeting for Chagoury with the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon. The Los Angeles Times now reports that Chagoury “was pulled off a private jet in Teterboro, N.J., and questioned for four hours because he was on the Department of Homeland Security’s no-fly list. He was subsequently removed from the list and categorized as a ‘selectee,’ meaning he can fly but receives extra scrutiny.” Why? A “Homeland Security document shows agents citing unspecified suspicions of links to terrorism, which can include financing extremist organizations.” He later was denied entry visas because “the U.S. put Chagoury in its database used to screen travelers for possible links to terrorism.”

2. Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, which Hillary Clinton supports, reportedly includes secret side agreements that permit the ayatollahs to cheat on how much enriched uranium they can produce and how many radiation “hot rooms” they can operate. Codifying Tehran’s violations of this agreement made it easier for Obama to end sanctions, unfreeze Iran’s assets, and surge billions of dollars into the hands of Earth’s biggest state sponsor of radical Islamic terrorism.

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3. Obama announced that the Paris global-warming deal, which Clinton also supports, is so important that he will bypass the Senate and implement it unilaterally as an “executive agreement.” If allowed to stand, this would bolster Obama’s “to Hell with Congress” legacy, to which Clinton has not uttered a peep of protest.

4. Hillary Clinton sent classified material via her outlaw, do-it-yourself e-mail system after she left office.

5. Despite raking in some $2 billion in checks from donors spanning Wall Street to the House of Saud, the Clinton Foundation could not resist the temptation to stick its hands into the federal cookie jar. U.S. taxpayers coughed up some $16 million to fund the foundation’s salaries and equipment — and possibly even Clinton’s notorious private computer server.

6. The Clinton Foundation’s Band e-mailed Abedin on July 27, 2009, to arrange diplomatic passports for him and another foundation staffer, even though such credentials are exclusively for U.S. government employees on official business. Just six minutes later, Abedin e-mails back: “OK. Will figure it out.” Whether or not Band and his colleague got those passports, by itself, such access is truly special.

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By the time I landed and got home, but before I could start writing my piece, I learned this:

7. The Clinton Global Initiative listed NBC’s Matt Lauer, Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo, and other media figures as members of the CGI. Having those marquee names on its website boosted the organization’s prestige and panache. Alas, these also were fresh Clinton lies. “Matt Lauer was not and is not a Clinton Global Initiative member,” an NBC representative stated. Bartiromo also denied CGI’s phony connection.

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And then, just as I got ready to write my piece, the FBI on Friday released its 58-page report on its July 2 interrogation of Clinton. Naturally, this truckload of new information set me back, yet again.

While these documents provide almost limitless opportunities for analysis, I was struck most by the bottomless canyons that separate Clinton’s lies and the now-revealed truth.

‐ In Clinton’s initial March 10, 2015, press conference at the United Nations, as this catastrophe erupted, she claimed that “there were no security breaches.”

In fact, FBI agents identified at least one “successful compromise of an e-mail account on the server.”

‐ Clinton said that she “provided all my e-mails that could possibly be work-related.”

Not even close.

Clinton delivered zero e-mails to the State Department or the FBI from January 21 through March 18, 2009 — a 55-day gap.

Also, the FBI reports that it discovered on her hardware “17,448 unique work-related and personal e-mails” that Clinton never surrendered.

‐ “I opted for convenience,” Clinton stated at the U.N. “I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal e-mails instead of two.”

Actually, she had 13 handheld devices and five tablet computers. Among these 18 items, the FBI cannot account for the 13 handheld instruments. Apparently, some are lost, presumably still brimming with state secrets. One computer that contained classified data was dropped in the U.S. Mail, whereupon it conveniently vanished. In two cases, Clinton aide Justin Cooper took her devices and smashed them with a hammer.

Who does this?

#related#Such behavior confirms that the Clintons are America’s white collar Gambino family.

As I hit the “Send” button to e-mail this piece to my editors, I wonder what fresh scandals will emerge before this article gets posted.

It would be nice if just one “other shoe” would drop. With Hillary Clinton, unfortunately, it’s more like standing beneath a Niagara Falls of stilettos.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor and a contributing editor of National Review Online.

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