At Hillary Clinton’s Senate confirmation hearing in January 2009, the ranking Republican Senator, Richard Lugar, raised profound concerns about the potential for serious conflicts of interest based on the Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign money, accurately predicting the scandal that eventuated:
“The core of the problem is that
foreign governments and entities
may perceive the Clinton Foundation
as a means to gain favor with the
secretary of state.”
Ouch. Was Lugar channeling Peter Schweizer?
“….the Clinton Foundation exists as a
temptation for any foreign entity or
government that believes it could curry
favor through a donation. It also sets
up potential perception problems with
any action taken by the secretary of
state in relation to foreign givers or
“Every new foreign donation that is accepted
by the foundation comes with the risk it will
be connected in the global media to a proximate
State Department policy or decision.”
Lugar’s prophetic understanding of the likelihood of the latest Clinton Scandal was completely ignored by Democrats and by Clinton herself.
Lugar disparaged the Memorandum of Understanding between the White House and the Clinton Foundation, which allowed existing donors to continue to pour cash into the Foundation, as a “minimum standard.” He strongly recommended that all foreign contributions be rejected.
“The bottom line is that even well-intentioned
foreign donations carry risks for United States
foreign policy.The only certain way to eliminate
this risk going forward is for the Clinton
foundation to forswear new foreign contributions
when Senator Clinton becomes secretary of state.”
That didn’t fly too well with Hillary. Nor did Senator Vittner’s request that the Memorandum of Understanding be amended to specifically require the disclosure of donations to the Clinton Global Initiative. Here’s what Clinton said:
“There is no intention to amend the
MOU. It has been worked out
between the transition and the
End of story, but not end of the problem. As Peter Schweizer, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Fox News have reported. And Schweitzer’s book isn’t even out yet.
Lugar’s nightmare scenario is unraveling every minute. He got it. And he didn’t even imagine the millions in speaking fees from foreign governments and entities.