It’s easy to become numb to all of the scandals surrounding presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton — even for those who are wide awake to the dishonest, self-serving fraud that she is.So when a new revelation is enough to jolt even the mainstream media awake, you know it’s big. A newly-released batch of Hillary’s State Department emails reveal the new bombshell that the former secretary of state rewarded one of her large donors with a position on a sensitive government intelligence board — yeah, one involving tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues — despite having no relevant experience. Nepotism — not to mention compromising our nation’s intelligence and security — at its finest.
And, here’s a shocker, when asked about the situation, Clinton’s staff sought to “protect the name” of the Secretary, while “stalling” the reporter.As reported by ABC News, no less:
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.Copies of dozens of internal emails were provided to ABC News by the conservative political group Citizens United, which obtained them under the Freedom of Information Act after more the two years of litigation with the government.
A prolific fundraiser for Democratic candidates and contributor to the Clinton Foundation, who later traveled with Bill Clinton on a trip to Africa, Rajiv K. Fernando’s only known qualification for a seat on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) was his technological know-how. The Chicago securities trader, who specialized in electronic investing, sat alongside an august collection of nuclear scientists, former cabinet secretaries and members of Congress to advise Hillary Clinton on the use of tactical nuclear weapons and on other crucial arms control issues.
Sources report Mr. Fernando had donated at least $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.“We had no idea who he was,” one board member told ABC News.
Fernando’s lack of any known background in nuclear security caught the attention of several board members, and when ABC News first contacted the State Department in August 2011 seeking a copy of his resume, the emails show that confusion ensued among the career government officials who work with the advisory panel.
“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 who fielded the ABC News request. “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.The Washington Times sums up what happened next:
“The true answer is that [Secretary Clinton] staff [Cheryl Mills] added him. … Rai [sic] was not on the list sent to [Secretary Clinton]; he was added at their insistence,” an email reads.
Pause to note a member of Hillary Clinton’s staff claiming to speak the “truth.” Remarkable in and of itself.
Emails also show that Mrs. Mills told staff to “stall” for 24 hours when ABC first started asking questions about the appointment in 2011. Mr. Fernando submitted a resignation the very next day.
ABC News also reported that when it finally caught up with Fernando at the 2012 Democratic convention, he became upset and security threatened to have the ABC News reporter arrested.
This latest revelation confirms what we have suspected all along: that Hillary, through the guise of the Clinton Foundation, has indeed been trading influence within our government for donations. Doesn’t get much more corrupt than that.
Almost as stunning as Hillary’s shameful — criminal — misuse of her position as Secretary of State is the fact that the mainstream media is digging into it.
Perhaps there is hope after all.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]