It was conflict of interest on top of conflict of interest at Hillary’s State Department.
Here’s a new one.
Less than a week after the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, the Secretary of State — in charge of America’s response to the devastating earthquakes in Haiti — requested a proposal from her Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills about teacher training in Haiti.
Mills dutifully forwarded a multi-million dollar proposal for rebuilding schools in Port-Au-Prince along with developing and training a “Teachers Corps” with 500 American teachers in Haiti. And guess who the proposal came from? David Domenici, Mills’ husband and the father of her two children. The email gives no indication of any relationship between Mills and Domenici, but his online bio confirms it.
In a January 18, 2010 email, Mills noted; “…here are the ideas for the Haiti Education Corps that you asked for.”
The following day, Hillary wrote back:
“Great idea. No surprise. Let’s work toward solid proposal maybe to Red Cross and Clinton Foundation since they have unencumbered $.”
In addition to her full time role at the State Department, Mills was appointed as the American Representative to Haiti’s post -earthquake ruling body, the International Haitian Relief Commission. (“IHRC”) And she also had a longstanding connection to the Clinton Foundation. She was a founding board member and only left when she joined the State Department. As soon as she left in 2012, she went right back to the Foundation. In fact during her tenure, corporate filings made by the Clinton Foundation continued to list her as a board member. So she’s always been looking out for the Foundation — she’s like family.
In Haiti Mills worked closely with Bill Clinton, who the U.N. Special Envoy To Haiti, headed the Clinton/Bush Haiti Relief Fund. Bill had been appointed as the Co-Chair of the IHRC, along with the President of Haiti. And, of course, he was the head of the Clinton Foundation. In addition, he started his own Haiti Fund to dole out money through the Clinton Foundation, collecting an addition $86 million that he solely controlled.
Bill was definitely the man to go to in Haiti. And right behind him was Cheryl Mills, who had no experience whatsoever in emergency relief programs.
So, didn’t the two top people at the State Department notice the giant conflict of interest they were creating in even considering the Haiti proposal to benefit the family of a top employee and decision maker in Haiti? Through a Foundation that Mills had strong ties to and that was controlled by the Clinton Family?
Apparently not, but of course, they never expected us to read about it. Again, thank you Vice News, Judicial Watch, Citizens United, Gawker, AP for your FOI requests.
It is not clear whether Domenici’s project was ever funded, although the Clinton Foundation website does mention its funding for rebuilding schools without indicating how it was done and who received the money. That’s how they do things – their own special version of transparency.
But here’s what is clear: The Clintons and their cronies were running Haiti. As Special Envoy, and Co-Chair of the IHRC, Clinton made all the decisions. Nothing happened there without his imprimatur. Nothing. No reconstruction contracts were approved, no money was paid out unless Bill okay-ed them.. And Mills was right behind him, traveling to Haiti thirty times herself.
And the Clinton’s cronies, family, Foundation donors, and patrons of Bill’s corporate speeches benefited handsomely by their connections to the rulers of Haiti.
According to The New York Times, Hillary’s brother, Tony Rodham, testified under oath that he was given 10,000 acres of land in Haiti by a “guy” who wanted to build housing. Tony described his access: “I deal through the Clinton Foundation. That gets me in touch with the Haitian officials.”
In addition to the land, Peter Schweitzer revealed in Clinton Cash that Tony was given a seat on the Board of a mining company that received one of only two gold exploration permits in Haiti. But don’t worry, it wasn’t a sweetheart deal. Tony told The Times that the deal had nothing to do with Clinton. Schweitzer also documented the overlap among donors to the Clinton Foundation, patrons of Bill’s speeches, and contracts in Haiti.
But it wasn’t just Tony who had special access.
Claudio Osorio, a Florida businessman asked Bill and Hillary to intercede on his behalf to expedite a $10 million loan from the Overseas Private Development Fund for a 10,000 unit Haiti housing project in 2010. According to the Washington Free Beacon, Bill Clinton arranged for a well-connected lawyer to help out and OPIC circulated a memo indicating that Hillary’s State Dept. would do provide whatever State Department resources were needed. And the Clinton Global Initiative would purchase 650 of the homes. Top Clinton political fundraisers were lobbying for the project.
Osario got the money before OPIC ever got his financial statement. He took the money and ran. None of the houses were built. Osario is now serving a 12-year prison sentence in a Florida jail.
Unfortunately, that’s not an isolated story in Haiti. Most objective accounts describe the Clinton’s Haitian legacy as a disaster. Read the Schweitzer book.
Mary Anastasia O’Grady, respected columnist for the Wall Street Journal who covers Latin America has pinpointed the problem with the Clintons in Haiti:
‘The problem with the Clintons in Haiti is that everywhere you go, they are there with the appearance of a conflict of interest. Haiti is unlikely to triumph over its long struggle against corruption when the U.S. government grants a former U.S. president wide power, with little oversight, to dispense hundreds of millions in the midst of such destitution.'(WSJ, March 8, 2015)
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Haitians are still homeless and the 60,000 jobs the Clintons have not materialized.
But projects like a new luxury hotel in Port-Au-Prince funded by Clinton Foundation mega-donor and Irish billionaire Denis O’Brien are moving right along.
It’s not likely that many people will choose the resort for their vacation. And the 65,000 people still homeless are not likely to offer a place to stay.