THE NATIONAL INTEREST — Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s global network of donors and allies has long been criticized by opponents as a sort-of “who’s who” list full of shady bankers, dictators, and backroom power brokers. Add alleged military coup backers to that list. —The Horn News
No matter where you look, Bill and Hillary Clinton always seem to wind up at the center of a possible corruption scandal. The Clinton Foundation, as Peter Schweizer reported in the New York Times, was at the center of shady dealings between Russia and the Clintons. Bill Clinton received $500,000 from the politically connected Russian firm Renaissance Capital for a speech. Hillary Clinton, then Secretary of State, saw to it that a Russian bid, linked to the same firm and supported by Vladimir Putin, to acquire around twenty percent of the American stockpile of uranium was approved. This directly suborned American national foreign-policy interests to Moscow. Then there are the Clinton Foundation’s relations with the Gulf States. Once again, buckraking to the tune of over $85 million from the likes of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Oman commanded precedence over all for the Clintons. Bill Clinton himself is buddies with the tyrannical ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and entered into business arrangements with him. So much for Hillary Clinton’s pious avowals to be in the vanguard for women’s rights or child labourers. When it comes to turning a dollar, both Clinton have an elastic sense of morality. The Clinton Foundation isn’t tainted by such unethical dealings; it is suffused by them.
Now there is a new scandal that promises to be a doozy. It surrounds the alleged connection between the Clintons and the shadowy Islamist at the center of the July 15th failed military coup in Turkey—Fethullah Gulen.
According to a 2015 USA Today investigation, Gulen’s followers have been accused of “illegally financing congressional travel abroad” and providing “hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper campaign donations to congressional and presidential candidates.” Both President Obama and Hillary Clinton were linked to this Gulen web of illegal finance in the USA Today report.