Patterico's Pontifications

6/10/2016

Hillary’s $$$$ for National Security Positions Scam

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:40 am

New emails seem to show that an unqualified man was given a spot on a national security advisory board because he was a donor to the Clinton Foundation. And when the media came asking questions, Hillary’s shop panicked and he quickly resigned:

Newly released State Department emails help reveal how a major Clinton Foundation donor was placed on a sensitive government intelligence advisory board even though he had no obvious experience in the field, a decision that appeared to baffle the department’s professional staff.

The emails further reveal how, after inquiries from ABC News, the Clinton staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, “stall” the ABC News reporter and ultimately accept the resignation of the donor just two days later. …

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The newly released emails reveal that after ABC News started asking questions in August 2011, a State Department official who worked with the advisory board couldn’t immediately come up with a justification for Fernando serving on the panel. His and other emails make repeated references to “S”; ABC News has been told this is a common way to refer to the Secretary of State.

“The true answer is simply that S staff (Cheryl Mills) added him,” wrote Wade Boese, who was Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, in an email to Mannina, the press aide. “Raj was not on the list sent to S; he was added at their insistence.”

Via Ed Morrissey.

In the memorable phraseology of Michael Brendan Dougherty, Hillary is a “bottomlessly cynical, power-mad grifter.” Dougherty’s piece suggests you not vote Trump or Clinton, even if your opinion of Clinton is as follows:”if she thought it would get her four centimeters closer to the presidency, Hillary Clinton would devour your squealing grandchild, or her own, live on the set of The View.” Because you may have an “equally credible suspicion” that “Donald Trump is rabies in human form, likely to drive our country into a feverish search for scraps in the neighbors’ garbage only to get us run over by a truck.”

P.S. GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just said about the presumptive GOP nominee: “it’s pretty obvious he doesn’t know a lot about the issues.” McConnell’s advice: use a script more. “It’s why I have argued to him publicly and privately that he ought to use a script more often—there is nothing wrong with having prepared texts.” This is where we are.


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