As if things weren’t bad enough for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her corrupt Clinton Foundation, an ABC News report indicated that a completely unqualified Clinton Foundation donor managed to get himself appointed to a sensitive government position with no previous experience.
And that’s not all — emails from Clinton’s private server revealed that the State Department tried to cover it up for as long as possible, purposely stalling reporters from ABC.
Back in 2011, Chicago securities trader and Clinton Foundation donor Rajiv K. Fernando was put on the International Security Advisory Board. In spite of little to no knowledge of the subject, he was sitting next to “nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress.”
And the board just wasn’t a sinecure: The ISAB was meant to advise Hillary Clinton on arms control issues, including when she should recommend the use of nuclear weapons.
“We had no idea who he was,” one board member said to ABC News.
According to emails, there was a good reason: The Clinton Foundation donor was only put on the board because of a recommendation from Clinton’s staff.
“The true answer is simply that S (Secretary Clinton) staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,” wrote Wade Boese, chief of staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. “Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.”
When ABC News tried to find out what his qualifications were and why he was added, however, the State Department basically said his appointment was a state secret.
“I have spoken to (State Department official and ISAB Executive Director Richard Hartman) privately, and it appears there is much more to this story that we’re unaware of,” wrote Jamie Mannina, the press aide assigned to ABC News’ request for Fernando’s resume.
“We must protect the secretary’s and under secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the Board. I think it’s important to get down to the bottom of this before there’s any response,” he added. “As you can see from the attached, it’s natural to ask how he got onto the board when compared to the rest of the esteemed list of members.”
When ABC continued to press for information, Mills asked the State Department press liaisons to “stall” for 24 hours, ABC reported.
An email sent to ABC said that “Mr. Fernando chose to resign from the Board earlier this month citing additional time needed to devote to his business.”
Nothing suspicious about that.
It noted members must be “fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the advisory committee.”
“As President and CEO of Chopper Trading, Mr. Fernando brought a unique perspective to ISAB. He has years of experience in the private sector in implementing sophisticated risk management tools, information technology and international finance.”
Translation: he bought off Hillary Clinton.
This is the woman we want to put into the White House? A woman who will let a donor on a board where sensitive intelligence was being discussed? A board where nuclear policy against Russia and Pakistan and who knows who else might be on the table?
This is yet another hallmark of Hillary Clinton’s: using public power for private enrichment. Why on earth would we let her into the most powerful job in the world?
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