Did Bill and Hillary Clinton use public office for private gain? Listen to Peter Schweizer, the author of “Clinton Cash,” in part one of this exclusive two-part video series for The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Eight researchers worked for over a year to follow the money from donors to the Clinton Foundation before Schweizer’s book was published in 2015. “Clinton Cash” is again being discussed in light of the upcoming national election.
ABC’s Jonathan Karl recently introduced Schweizer on a podcast as “the guy who has studied the Clinton Foundation and all its tentacles about as closely as anyone, and done some very serious journalism.”
In this video interview, Schweizer, president of the Government Accountability Institute, says foreign interests made large payments to the Clintons in order to gain influence over American foreign policy.
Blurring the lines between charities, politics and business, the Clintons went from “dead broke” in 2001 to multimillionaires today. Schweizer remarks, “The question becomes not whether the Clintons are for sale or for rent, but is there anything they’re not willing to sell or rent” while in public office?
Schweizer details six specific instances of when the Clintons profited from foreign influences while Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was steering America’s foreign policy.
He cites speaking fees, specifically the tripling of former President Bill Clinton’s speaking fees in January 2009 when his wife became secretary of state, which appears to be “really a cover name for influence payments.”
He also discusses the Swedish telecom company, Ericcson, entangled with Iranian sanctions, which found favorable administration treatment following a speech where they gave Bill Clinton $750,000 for a 20-minute speech.
Schweizer cites Polar Resources Corporation, a company that used the Department of State to help establish an open-pit coal mine in Bangladesh, as well as increase India’s capacity to gain access to civilian nuclear technology.
Schweizer also details the unfolding of “disaster capitalism” when Hillary Clinton appointed her husband as the co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC), the international body in charge of directing resources to rebuild Haiti after the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
Perhaps the most shocking and controversial matter Schweizer discusses in this video interview is a uranium deal that began in 2005 and culminated in 2009, brokered by Bill Clinton and Canadian mining billionaire Frank Giustra. Schweizer claims America’s national interests were put aside.
“Everybody involved in this transaction walks away with something. The Russians walk away with twenty percent of US uranium assets, which they now control. They also get this lucrative uranium concession in Kazakhstan. The Canadian investors, they got a forty percent uptake on the valuation of this company. So they did very well. And the Clintons walked away with a $145 million to their foundation. The only people who didn’t walk away with anything were the American people,” he says. The uranium deal was featured in a lengthy New York Times piece that used Schweizer’s research.
In August, the Associated Press reported that during the first half of her tenure, Hillary Clinton had meetings or phone calls scheduled with 154 private interests, 85 of which were Clinton Foundation donors, who in total had pledged or given as much as $156 million.
For more on Peter Schweizer, watch for part two of our exclusive interview next week and watch the free online movie on “Clinton Cash” here. The New York Times bestseller graphic book about “Clinton Cash” can be found here. And his Government Accountability Institute’s Facebook page is here.
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