With only a cursory glance, even the most disinterested observer might be amazed at how far the web of the Clintons’ charitable foundations stretches.
In recent days, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has highlighted the Clinton family’s numerous connections to arguably America’s strongest nemesis — China — pointing out that Bill Clinton was paid $750,000 for two speeches by an organization connected to the Chinese government and by a Chinese business association.
Peter Schweizer, the author of the bestselling book (now being released as a motion picture) “Clinton Cash,” claims:
“These funds [for Bill Clinton’s Chinese speeches] were paid to the Clintons’ bank account directly, while Hillary was negotiating with China on behalf of the United States… She sold out our workers and our country for Beijing.”
They were just a peak of the Clintons’ numerous fundraising activities related to the People’s Republic.
The 2011 speeches occurred just prior to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s announcement of an “Asian Pivot” policy and promotion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — a trade agreement giveaway that would result in the loss of millions of American jobs.
The former diplomatic offensive, which Clinton worked on in strong concert with the Pentagon and the White House, brought about a 180-degree turn in America’s concentration on the Pacific region and its military and strategic balance of power there.
Despite (or arguably because of) this pivot, the South China Sea has been the site of near-monthly skirmishes between American warships and Chinese jets lately that threaten wider conflict there.
It should be noted that Clinton’s trips to the Asian and Pacific region during her first years as secretary of state were more numerous than any of her predecessors and outnumbered her visits to any other region of the globe. What was Clinton doing on all these Asian diplomatic missions?
One of the items on her long-term agenda was most definitely the TPP. The TPP is one of three notorious trade deals (the others are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA) modeled on the disastrous Bill-and-Hillary-backed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993.
NAFTA alone has been estimated to have cost the U.S. as much as one-third of all its manufacturing jobs since its passage. Were TPP to be similarly enacted, by all accounts, China would be a huge beneficiary.
In 2014, the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation (BHCC), one of the Clintons’ ostensibly nonprofit “charitable” organizations, set up a foreign subsidiary, the opaquely named “Clinton Foundation Hong Kong.”
This was in addition to the extant William J. Clinton Foundation UK, the William J. Clinton Foundation Charitable Trust and the Clinton Foundation Insalingsstiftelse in Sweden, all foreign entities that are part of BHCC.
One only needs to look at the Swedish BHCC subsidiary to see that there are no Swedes on the company’s board save for a Swedish lawyer. The purpose of the Swedish subsidiary, except as a fundraising arm or, more likely — as a possible money funnel for BHCC — is less than clear.
As it turns out, the Clinton Foundation has had bank accounts and offices in communist China for at least a decade. It should be noted that Bill Clinton was the one who pushed for China’s entry into the World Trade Organization during his presidency.
Between 2001 and 2006, Bill Clinton was given at least $700,000 for a different set of four speeches by Chinese financial firm CLSA Asian Markets.
In 2008, the Clinton Foundation organized a Clinton Global Initiative conference in Hong Kong, during which numerous Chinese companies gave money and pledged to work with the Clintons in their Chinese initiatives.
CLSA Asian Markets was a primary sponsor of the Global Initiative and of the conference. However, since that time, the Clinton Foundation has taken up scant activity in China.
All of which has raised questions about whether such money was intended to flow into foreign development work or whether it was really intended to flow to the Clintons, particularly to Hillary Clinton, whose twin campaigns for the U.S. presidency have coincided with large foreign donations to her family’s foundations.
This “tag team” arrangement of personal enrichment while one of the two Clintons was holding or running for political office has come under intense fire lately.
Schweizer and others have documented a myriad of instances of paid speeches and/or donations by foreign entities to the Clintons suspiciously coinciding with policy decisions favorable to the same governments or business entities paying for such largesses.
As candidate Trump stated in a foreign policy speech given in New York,
“Together, [Hillary] and Bill made $153 million giving speeches to lobbyists, CEOs and foreign governments in the years since 2001. They totally own her and that will never ever change, including if she ever became president, God help us… Our trade deficit with China soared 40 percent during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state — a disgraceful performance, for which she should not be congratulated, but rather scorned… Billions and billions of dollars in our intellectual property… China has taken it… it’s a crime which is continuously going on, and it’s going on right now. They are stealing billions and billions of dollars of our intellectual property. Hillary Clinton gave China millions of jobs, and our best jobs, and effectively let China completely rebuild itself. In return, Hillary Clinton got rich… Bill and Hillary used the State Department to enrich their family in America’s and at America’s expense. She gets rich making you poor.”
For Hillary Clinton, the timing of the revelations about the Chinese subsidiary of her family’s foundation likely won’t bother her much; full accounting disclosures of its activities won’t be made public until after the November election.
In the meantime, mainstream media outlets have been egregiously lax in investigating the Clintons’ Chinese connections.
Many voters may not remember the scandalous Hong Kong-born Ponzi schemer Norman Hsu, who gave Hillary Clinton $800,000 when she was still a senator from Empire State (she had praised him effusively in a voicemail that was played in his court case).
But this scandal, like so many before it, seems to have been swept “under the rug” and forgotten, like the leftover pieces of a smashed-open fortune cookie.
~American Liberty Report