Recently leaked emails from Clinton flunky John Podesta provides more evidence that the former secretary of state owes an enormous debt to Middle Eastern oil tycoons.
According to an email sent from Clinton Foundation foreign policy director Amitabh Desai to a number of Clinton aides, the Islamist Gulf state of Qatar cut the Clinton Foundation a $1 million check for Bill’s birthday in 2012.
“[Qatar] Would like to see WJC ‘for five minutes’ in NYC, to present $1 million check that Qatar promised for WJC’s birthday in 2011,” Desai wrote.
In addition, Qatar’s leaders were looking to invest $20 million in Haiti where the Clintons had some questionable business dealings after its devastating earthquake.
“Qatar would welcome our suggestions for investments in Haiti – particularly on education and health,” Desai relayed. “They have allocated most of their $20 million but are happy to consider projects we suggest. I’m collecting input from CF Haiti team.”
While that sounds innocent enough, it’s worth remembering that the Clintons’ suggestions for fund allocation in Haiti were often aimed at making money for donors.
As Jake Johnston, an analyst with the Center for Economic and Policy Research, pointed out: “Contributors to the Clinton Foundation benefited from the relief effort in Haiti writ large. The evidence indicates that those who were contributing to the Clinton Foundation and active in Haiti were certainly a part of that reconstruction process.”