There’s little question whether or not Hillary Clinton used her “charity” as a pay-for-play enterprise that allowed foreign governments to purchase her influence at the State Department, and the evidence of it is continuing to mount.
The latest revelation about Clinton’s corrupt dealings while serving as Secretary of State comes from Fox News and it’s regarding a land deal with a Nigerian firm and the State Department. Apparently, the owner of said firm was a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, and his money was able to buy him more than the land he developed for his project.
Check it out, via Fox News:
Shortly after Hillary Clinton left the Obama administration, the State Department quietly took steps to purchase real estate in Nigeria from a firm whose parent company is owned by a major donor to the Clinton Foundation, records obtained by Fox News show.
On March 20, 2013, William P. Franklin, an “international realty specialist” at the State Department, emailed Mary E. Davis, an American diplomat stationed in Africa, instructing her to “put on Post letterhead” an “expression of interest” by the department in purchasing property at Eko Atlantic, a massive real estate development off the coast of Lagos. Franklin further instructed that the signed letter was to be “delivered to Ronald Chagoury.”
The draft letter, also obtained by Fox News, was undated and addressed to Chagoury care of his firm South Energyx Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of the larger Chagoury Group that is spearheading the Eko Atlantic real estate venture. The State Department letter sought, among other things, to confirm that the department could proceed with “acquisition of the real property…[at] the asking price of $1,250 per square meter.”
Overtures to real estate developers from State Department officials scouting locations for embassies, consulates and other diplomatic facilities would ordinarily not arouse interest. But in this case, the budding transaction – never completed, the department now says – raised eyebrows because Ronald Chagoury is the brother and business partner, in the Chagoury Group, of Gilbert Chagoury, a Lebanese-born businessman whom federal records show has donated between $1 and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.
Indeed, Gilbert Chagoury’s friendship with the Clintons can be traced back to the Clinton presidency. In the mid-1990s, Chagoury donated nearly $500,000 to a voter-registration drive designed to help Democratic candidates, attended a White House dinner for premium donors, and met with high-ranking officials in the Clinton White House – including Susan Rice, now President Obama’s national security adviser – who were shaping U.S. policy toward Nigeria.
More recently, the Chagourys’ close ties to the Clintons generated headlines when a separate series of emails from 2009 – between Doug Band, an aide to former President Clinton and Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary Clinton – revealed the eagerness of the State Department to oblige a request for Chagoury to be granted access to senior officials working on Lebanon.
The State Department’s outreach to the Chagoury family, looking to buy property from the brothers, came less than a month after former President Clinton himself toured the Eko Atlantic project – for the second time. The first occasion was the ground breaking, in 2009, in which the former president participated. By all accounts, Eko Atlantic represents a staggeringly ambitious undertaking: the dredging of millions of tons of sand from the sea floor off Victoria Island and the creation of an estimated 3.5 square miles of new land, on which the Chagourys aim to establish what they call a “21st century city … for residential, commercial, financial and tourist development.”
Mr. Clinton toured the Eko Atlantic site for the second time on February 21, 2013 – twenty days after his wife left the State Department – to celebrate the Chagourys’ reclamation of 5 million square meters of land, a critical juncture in the project.
Of course, while this news is definitely enraging, it’s not the least bit surprising. What’s even less surprising is that those on the left who are voting for her aren’t likely to care much about her malfeasance while serving our nation.
There’s priorities, you know, and she’s the first woman to score a presidential nomination from a major political party, forget about the fact that she couldn’t do so without cheating. So right now the priority is making sure we make history rather than making sure we elect the candidate best suited to run the country.
All kidding aside, this kind of corruption should not be ignored by anybody, right or left, because it’s pretty much as serious as you can get. If she was willing to abuse her power as secretary to enrich Bill and herself, what do you think she’d be willing to do while serving as president?
Yeah, people this corrupt know no bounds, so you can all but guarantee this nation would be up for sale to the highest bidder, especially if it meant more wealth for Bill and Hillary.